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Practice and Philosophy of Perioperative Nursing
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This unit of study provides the student with the opportunity to explore the role of the nurse across a diversity of perioperative settings, as well as identifying professional issues related to specialist perioperative practice. The unit of study considers contemporary and professional issues related to perioperative nursing through reflective practice, facilitation of clinical teaching and collaboration within the multidisciplinary team. Nursing research is examined to promote evidence based practice, and legal and ethical issues are applied to perioperative nursing practice. Activities within the unit of study learning guide encourage students to explore contemporary and professional issues within the operating suite environment and reflect on their own clinical and professional needs.

Practice and Philosophy of Perioperative Nursing
Unit of study code 219

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) 2018, Standards for perioperative nursing in Australia, 15th edn, Author, Adelaide, South Australia

Hamlin, L, Davies, M, Richardson-Tench, M, Sutherland-Fraser, S. 2016. Perioperative nursing: an introduction. 2nd edn. Elsevier.

Co-ordinated by Sharron Smyth-Demmon MACN

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

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: Legal & ethical aspects of perioperative practice. a) apply legal and ethical principles which impact on current clinical practice Assessment 1: Online discussions x4 20% 2, 4, 6, 8
Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice b) identify and examine the diverse roles of the perioperative nurse and reflect upon the values, skills and attitudes that are integral to the nurse’s professional development Assessment 2: Literature critique (1,500 words) 30% 5
Theme 3: Human factors of perioperative nursing c) critically evaluate contemporary perioperative nursing practice and identify areas for development in your current environment Assessment 3: Essay (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Managing a safe environment d) examine local and national policies that affect perioperative practice
Theme 5: Perioperative patient care e) critically analyse the communication process in your current environment
f) examine and address the major challenges in managing a safe environment for perioperative patients and the healthcare team.

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

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.