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Practice and Philosophy of Perioperative Nursing
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This unit provides the student with the opportunity to explore the role of the registered nurse across a diversity of perioperative settings, as well as identifying professional issues related to specialist perioperative practice. It explores contemporary issues related to perioperative nursing through reflective practice and collaboration within the multidisciplinary team. Nursing research and its application to evidence-based practice are examined, and legal and ethical issues are applied to perioperative nursing practice. Students work through learning activities to explore contemporary issues within the operating suite environment and reflect on their own clinical and professional development needs.

Practice and Philosophy of Perioperative Nursing
Unit of study code 219
Availability Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Australian College of Perioperative Nurses Ltd (ACORN) (2020). Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia. (16th ed). Author. Adelaide. South Australia

Hamlin, L., Davies, M., Richardson-Tench, M., and Sutherland-Fraser, S. (Eds). (2016). Perioperative nursing: an introduction. (2nd ed). Elsevier.

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:-

Assessment Tasks
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Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


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When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Legal & ethical aspects of perioperative practice a) explore legal, ethical and cultural considerations that impact on perioperative nursing practice Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4,8
Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice b) evaluate contemporary perioperative nursing practice Assessment 2: Annotated bibliography (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Human factors c) analyse communication processes including human factors, and their role in promoting safe perioperative practice Assessment 3: Essay (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Managing a safe environment d) examine the major challenges in managing a safe environment within the perioperative setting
Theme 5: Perioperative patient care e) analyse the diverse nursing roles within perioperative setting

Practice and Philosophy of Perioperative Nursing (219) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.