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Practice and philosophy of perioperative nursing

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This unit of study provides the student with the opportunity to explore the role of the nurse across a diversity of perioperative settings, as well as identifying professional issues related to specialist perioperative practice. The unit of study considers contemporary and professional issues related to perioperative nursing through reflective practice, facilitation of clinical teaching and collaboration within the multidisciplinary team. Nursing research is examined to promote evidence based practice, and legal and ethical issues are applied to perioperative nursing practice. Activities within the unit of study learning guide encourage students to explore contemporary and professional issues within the operating suite environment and reflect on their own clinical and professional needs.

Practice and philosophy of perioperative 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.

Hamlin, L, Davies, M, Richardson-Tench, M, Sutherland-Fraser, S. 2016. Perioperative nursing: an introduction. 2nd edn. Elsevier.

Co-ordinated by: Sharron Smyth-Demmon


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: Legal & ethical aspects of perioperative practice.

a) apply legal and ethical principles which impact on current clinical practice

Assessment 1 Online discussions x4



Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice

b) identify and examine the diverse roles of the perioperative nurse and reflect upon the values, skills and attitudes that are integral to the nurse’s professional development

Assessment 2 Literature critique (1500 words)



Theme 3: Human factors of perioperative nursing

c) critically evaluate contemporary perioperative nursing practice and identify areas for development in your current environment

Assessment 3 Essay (2500 words)



Theme 4: Managing a safe environment

d) examine local and national policies that affect perioperative practice




Theme 5: Perioperative patient care

e) critically analyse the communication process in your current environment





f) examine and address the major challenges in managing a safe environment for perioperative patients and the healthcare team




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.