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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 clinical deterioration.

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

Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology 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: Care of the deteriorating person a) discuss the dynamic nature of acute illnesses and the related assessment findings in recognition and management of clinical deterioration Assessment 1: Interactive video and reflection 10% 2
Theme 2: Respiratory consideration in acutely ill b) interpret specialist knowledge, assessment skills and information to support an improved standard of care Assessment 2: Online discussion 10% 4, 10
Theme 3: Recognising and managing circulatory function c) propose advanced clinical decision-making skills related to care of people with acute illness or injury Assessment 3 Analysis of care 40% 5
Theme 4: Clinical issues in neurological nursing d) discuss illness and injury specific management strategies informed by contemporary evidence and current clinical guidelines Assessment 4: Poster and discussion paper 40% 9
Theme 5: Gastrointestinal and metabolic consideration in acutely ill e) conceptualise the strategies for collaborative partnerships and their impact on person-centered care
Theme 6: Renal considerations f) critically reflect on your own practice in relation to culture safety and the delivery of equitable and respectful health care

Principles of Acute Care Nursing (038) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.