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Emergency nursing

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This unit of study is designed to explore issues specific to nursing practice in the emergency setting. Topics explored in this unit of study include triage, trauma management, medical and surgical presentations, mental health emergencies, disaster management, and stabilisation and transfer.

Emergency Nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study




Single unit of study only available for graduates of Critical Care Nursing or equivalent


Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Annesa Conte MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Triage

a) Apply knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology to the assessment and management of acute and chronic disease, recognising their complex and dynamic nature across the life span

Assessment 1 Online activities x 2



Theme 2: Medical & Surgical Presentations

b) Rationalise and evaluate current management of illnesses and injury in the emergency department and develop an understanding of the medical and surgical procedures, therapies and interventions available

Assessment 2 Literature critique (1500 words)



Theme 3: Trauma

c) Analyse the standardised triage systems used in Australasia to enhance clinical assessment, prioritisation and allocation of appropriate resources

Assessment 3 Case analysis (3500 words)



Theme 4: Mental health presentations

d) Examine the impact of injury and the systematic approach used in trauma management to clinical practice




Theme 5: Stabilisation and transfer

e) Discuss patient stabilisation and preparation for transfer for diagnostic procedures, surgery, and/or ongoing clinical assessment and management





f) Rationalise and evaluate clinical management and assessment strategies to prevent and manage complications to optimise patient outcomes





g) Critically reflect on your current     practice in relation to current literature and evidence in assessing and planning patient care





h) Recognise the cultural and ethnic issues in relation to the care of a patient and evaluate the nurse’s role, attitudes and values in care of patients presenting to the emergency department




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.