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Post-anaesthetic recovery unit nursing

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This unit of study prepares students to assess and manage patients in the initial recovery period following surgery or an anaesthetic procedure. Issues and content covered in this unit of study provide students with an opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills, especially in airway management, respiratory and cardiac assessment, management of context-specific technology and enhanced decision-making skills.

Post-anaesthetic recovery unit nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 1

Prescribed texts:

Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) 2016, Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia. 14th edn. Adelaide, South Australia.

Hatfield, A 2014, The complete recovery room book, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Co-ordinated by: Sharron Smyth-Demmon 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: The PARU environment & initial patient assessment

a)Apply the nursing knowledge and skills required to provide a comprehensive nursing assessment and plan nursing care to meet the needs of the patient during the post anaesthetic phase

Assessment 1 Online activity - Guided case analysis



Theme 2: Airway considerations

b) Combine ACORN and ANZCA standards with nursing knowledge and skills to provide a safe environment for the patient in recovery

Assessment 2 Essay (1500 words)



Theme 3: Cardiovascular assessment and management

c) Critically evaluate the clinical skills required for delivering quality patient centred care within PARU

Assessment 3 Online discussion  x 1



Theme 4: Fluid balance & fluid replacement therapy

d) Propose comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based practice related to the nursing assessment and management of acute pain and postoperative nausea and vomiting in PARU

Assessment 4 Case analysis (2000 words)



Theme 5: Neurological assessment & management

e) Critically analyse the role of the PARU nurse in discharge planning




Theme 6: Patient temperature management






Theme 7: Pain assessment & management





Theme 8: Postoperative nausea & vomiting





Theme 9: Intermediate recovery & discharge from PARU





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.