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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.

Apply legal and ethical principles which impact on current clinical practice

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 3



Theme 2: Professional perioperative nursing practice

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 Quiz (8 questions)



Theme 3: Human factors of perioperative nursing

Critically evaluate contemporary perioperative nursing practice and identify areas for development in your current environment

Assessment 3 Literature review (1500 words)



Theme 4: Managing a safe environment

Examine local and national policies that affect perioperative practice

Assessment 3 Essay (2500 words)



Theme 5: Perioperative patient care

Critically analyse the communication process in your current environment





Examine and address the major challenges in managing a safe environment for perioperative patients and the healthcare team





Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.