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Respiratory nursing

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This unit of study is designed for registered nurses working in a variety of clinical settings where they care for patients with respiratory problems. It addresses key issues relevant to respiratory nursing, and reviews respiratory physiology, clinical management of respiratory disorders, oxygen therapy, airway management, tracheotomy care, chronic respiratory conditions, thoracic surgery, sleep and breathing, and infectious respiratory disorders.

Respiratory nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






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: Review of respiratory physiology


a) Rationalise the pathophysiology of a selection of respiratory conditions

Assessment 1 Online discussions  x 2



Theme 2: Clinical assessment

b) Conduct a detailed respiratory physical assessment, demonstrating a knowledge and competent use of a variety of diagnostic tools

Assessment 2 Case analysis

 (2500 words)



Theme 3: Diagnostic tests used in respiratory assessments

c) Discuss the care of patients in the context of environmental and social influences on respiratory disease and disability

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Airway management

d) Critically analyse the management of various respiratory disorders with regard to best practice as evidenced by current literature




Theme 5: Respiratory failure

e) Discuss the impact of normal and abnormal sleep architecture on respiratory function




Theme 6: Managing patients with acute respiratory disease

f) Critically reflect on the potential psycho-social implications and socio-economic ramifications for the patient with chronic respiratory disease




Theme 7: Managing patients with chronic respiratory disease

g) Reflect on own values and beliefs in relation to care of patients with respiratory conditions




Theme 8: Sleep and sleep disorders






Theme 9: Pulmonary rehabilitation







Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.