This unit of study provides a comprehensive overview of the importance of infection prevention and control within the healthcare setting. Students examine issues related to legislation, quality, prevention, transmission and management of infections. Students will explore some of the specific challenges encountered when planning strategies to minimise potential transmission between persons receiving care, staff and all personnel involved in the health care system. The unit of study also examines infection prevention and control principles at both local and organisational levels, focusing on achieving positive quality health outcomes.
This unit of study meets Australian Government Department of Health education requirements for Infection Prevention and Control Leads, namely it:
- has a focus on infection prevention and control
- is delivered at AQF Level 8
- is delivered by a recognised education or training provider; and
- has assessments that facilitate successful completion of the course.
|Principles of Infection Control|
|Unit of study code||117|
|Availability||Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
GC single unit of study
|Pre-requisite||This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs|
|Hours of study||150|
|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: Legal & ethical aspects of perioperative practice||a) analyse the role of the nurse in preventing and controlling infection in the context of their practice||Assessment 1: Online forum||5%||2|
|Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice||b) analyse the standards and policies that inform infection prevention and control initiatives in Australian healthcare||Assessment 2: Online discussions x 2||10%||3, 8|
|Theme 3: Human factors of perioperative nursing||c) evaluate strategies employed to identify and control institutional and community-based infection outbreaks||Assessment 3: Essay (2000 words)||40%||5|
|Theme 4: Managing a safe environment||d) investigate environmental considerations related to infection prevention and control in the context of their practice||Assessment 4: Concept map||5%||7|
|Theme 5: Perioperative patient care||e) justify appropriate strategies for the prevention and control of infection||Assessment 5: Short essays (x2 – 1000 words each)||40%||10|
Principles of Infection Control (117) is a Tier 1 unit.
|Tiers||2022 Member price (10% discount)||2022 Non-member price||2023 Member price (10% discount)||2023 Non-member price|
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