This unit of study is designed for registered nurses who are currently working in the post-anaesthetic care setting and wish to consolidate and expand their existing knowledge and skills in this clinical specialty. A systematic approach to clinical assessment and management allows the student to explore all aspects of nursing care, including recognition and management of complications and side effects of anaesthesia and surgical interventions.
|Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing|
|Unit of study code||282|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Hours of study||150|
|Prescribed texts||Australian College of Perioperative Nurses Ltd (ACORN) (2020). Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia. (16th ed). Author. Adelaide. South Australia
Hatfield, A. (2014). The complete recovery room book. 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
|Co-ordinated by||Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN
|Content||Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
|Type of assessment
Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)
(% of total marks)
|When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
|Theme 1: The PARU environment & initial patient assessment||a) discuss the role of the postanaesthetic care unit (PACU) nurse in the delivery of holistic care||Assessment 1: Online activity||15%||4|
|Theme 2: Airway considerations||b) explore systematic clinical assessment processes in the post-anaesthesia phase of care||Assessment 2: Essay (1,500 words)||30%||5|
|Theme 3: Cardiovascular assessment and management||c) demonstrate reflection on the knowledge and skills required to provide a safe environment in the post-anaesthesia phase of care||Assessment 3: Online discussion||5%||8|
|Theme 4: Fluid balance & fluid replacement therapy||d) evaluate the evidence-based nursing care required to meet the needs of the adult/child in the post-anaesthesia phase of care||Assessment 4: Case analysis (2,500 words)||50%||10|
|Theme 5: Neurological assessment & management|
|Theme 6: Patient temperature management|
|Theme 7: Pain assessment & management|
|Theme 8: Postoperative nausea & vomiting|
|Theme 9: Transfer of care|
Post-anaesthetic Recovery Unit Nursing (282) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2021 Member price (10% discount)||2021 Non-member price||2022 Member price (10% discount)||2022 Non-member price|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.