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Principles of Acute Care Nursing
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The purpose of this unit of study is to enable you to advance your knowledge, specialist skills and core competencies required to care for patients in acute care setting. You will have the opportunity to build on your existing knowledge and experience and this subject will also encourage you to critically evaluate your own practice. Concepts explored in this unit of study will focus on factors used for the assessment and management of the deteriorating patient.

Principles of Acute Care Nursing
Unit of study code 038
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Co-requisite 277 – Stress Response and Health Breakdown
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Sinu Thomas


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: The deteriorating patient a) explain the dynamic nature of acute illnesses and related assessment findings in the recognition and management of clinical deterioration Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 10
Theme 2: Respiratory consideration in acutely ill b) integrate specialist knowledge, assessment skills and information to support an improved standard of care Assessment 2: Case analysis 40% 6
Theme 3: Recognising and managing circulatory function c) develop advanced problem solving and clinical decision-making skills related to care of people with acute illness or injury Assessment 3: Essay 50% 9
Theme 4: Clinical issues in neurological nursing d) discuss illness and injury specific management strategies informed by contemporary evidence and current clinical guidelines.
Theme 5: Gastrointestinal and metabolic consideration in acutely ill e) explore the concepts of collaborative partnerships and their impact on person-centered care
Theme 6: Renal considerations f) critically reflect on your own practice in relation to cultural safety and the delivery of equitable and respectful health care

Principles of Acute Care Nursing (038) 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.