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Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
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This subject 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 patients, 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.

How this subject will benefit your practice

This subject will promote theory as a guide to understanding nursing expertise for orthopaedic nurses.

An understanding will promote reflective practice to build nursing expertise leading to:

  • reinforce best practice and continuum of care for patients in both the hospital and community settings
  • reinforce your ability to critically reflect on current clinical practice
  • support your ability to appropriately apply your new knowledge and promote your leadership skills
  • enhance your confidence in your clinical practice reinforcing your central role as a member of the multidisciplinary team.
Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing
Unit of study code 042

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 Ruth Green

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) demonstrate a specialist knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology and mechanisms of homeostasis across the lifespan Assessment 1: Quiz 10% 3
Theme 2: Skeletal growth and development b) discuss the principles of musculoskeletal assessment and integrate the findings into nursing practice Assessment 2: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 7
Theme 3: Assessment c) explain and interpret image and other diagnostic investigations related to orthopaedic dysfunction or trauma and incorporate into nursing management Assessment 3: Essay 40% 5
Theme 4: Diagnostic investigations d) discuss the role of pharmacology used to facilitate homeostasis or control orthopaedic dysfunction and/or injury related symptoms Assessment 4: Case analysis 40% 10
Theme 5: Pharmacologic treatment options to restore or maintain homeostasis e) examine the roles within the multidisciplinary team and their contribution to the provision of holistic care
Theme 6: The multidisciplinary team and rehabilitation f) discuss and integrate into nursing practice complications related to musculoskeletal dysfunction or trauma.
Theme 7: Orthopaedic complications

Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing (042) 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.