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Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
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This unit is designed to provide a foundation for your ongoing development as orthopaedic nurses. It will allow online interaction with peers to discuss evidence-based practice and clinical care pathways to optimise care given to persons, in both the adult and paediatric setting. You will become familiar with the underpinning principles and nursing management regimens of orthopaedic nursing which will enhance clinical decision making. This knowledge will enable you to provide holistic nursing care to persons experiencing orthopaedic complications or trauma. Furthermore, you will have a better understanding of your role as a member of the interdisciplinary team as well.

Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
Unit of study code 042
Availability Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts N/A
Co-ordinated by Kirsten Masters
Content 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: Anatomy and physiology a) apply specialist knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology and mechanisms of homeostasis across the lifespan to ensure positive clinical outcomes Assessment 1: Quiz 10% 2
Theme 2: Skeletal growth, development and remodelling b) integrate the principles of musculoskeletal assessment findings into person- centred care planning Assessment 2: Audiovisual case presentation 30% 5
Theme 3: Assessment c) analyse holistic nursing care of the person experiencing orthopaedic trauma, complications, or dysfunction Assessment 3: Digital poster and abstract 20% 8
Theme 4: Imaging modalities and diagnostic investigations d) discuss the use of pharmacology in the care of the person experiencing orthopaedic dysfunction Assessment 4: Orthopaedic guideline appraisal 40% 10
Theme 5: Orthopaedic complications e) critically examine the scope of practice of the nurse within the interdisciplinary team
Theme 6: Pharmacologic treatment options to restore or maintain homeostasis
Theme 7: The interdisciplinary team and rehabilitation

Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing (042) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.