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Principles of renal replacement therapy

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This unit of study has been designed for nurses working in a renal dialysis unit who wish to expand their understanding of the complex care requirements of a patient undergoing renal replacement therapy. It encompasses exploration of the physiological and mechanical principles behind treatment modalities as well as complications and risk reduction strategies designed to optimise patient outcomes. The importance of patient empowerment and involvement in decision making are emphasised. The registered nurse is provided with the opportunity to develop a structured, holistic and reflective approach to patient management while developing their skills in advanced problem solving techniques.

Principles of renal replacement therapy

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study




115 – Principles of renal nursing


Tier 1

Prescribed text:

Thomas, N 2014, Renal nursing, 4th edn, Wiley Blackwell, UK.

Co-ordinated by: Cherry Millar 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: Physiological and mechanical principles of dialysis

a) Examine the physiological principles of the modality& justify treatment options based on the holistic evaluation of an individual

Assessment 1 Online activities x 2

10 %


Theme 2: Care of the patient receiving Dialysis

b) Analyse patient preparation prior to initial dialysis

Assessment 2 Quiz x 2 (25 questions)



Theme 3: Contemporary issues in RRT

c) Critically analyse associated complications, risk reduction strategies and management of a patient receiving RRT & rationalise the ongoing monitoring and evaluation processes.

Assessment 3a Guided case study – Short answer questions (1200 words)



Theme 4: Renal Transplant

d) Explore benchmark and evaluate contemporary trends in RRT in relation to clinical practice

Assessment 3b Guided case study (2000 words)




e) Provide pre-transplant education and support to patients and their families & recognise potential/actual moral /ethical considerations




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.