NURS 2037 Health Variations 1 - Introduction to Alterations in Health

Credit Points 10

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Description Health Variations 1 utilises an evidence base to develop an understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacological interventions, and nursing care of people across the lifespan who are experiencing acute but usually resolvable alterations in health. A particular focus of this unit are the Australian National Health Priority Areas.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects NURS 2010 - Health Variations 1 - Perioperative

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4691 - Bachelor of Nursing or 4780 - Bachelor of Nursing ? WSU Online

Assumed Knowledge

Primary health care, foundational knowledge of human biological sciences including human body systems, immunity, wound healing, infection control, basic concepts in pharmacology and pathophysiology and the relationship to nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Recognise and respond appropriately to physiological changes associated with alterations in health of people across the lifespan.
  2. Utilise evidence to support decision making for safe, person-centred care.
  3. Explain the role of the nurse when caring for a person during the perioperative period.
  4. Justify the selection and prioritisation of nursing care with a person experiencing an alteration in health.
  5. Explain safe and effective use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions with a person experiencing an alteration in health.
  6. Discuss the Australian National Health Priority Areas as they relate to person centred care.

Subject Content

1. Principles of perioperative nursing care;related NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice
- best practice guidelines
- hospital policy and procedure manual
2. National Health Priority areas: Injury Prevention and Control, Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions, Cancer Control
3. Factors influencing mobilisation in the post-operative period Deterioration, complications, signs and symptoms
4. National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards related to perioperative nursing care
5. Pathophysiology and pharmacology related to perioperative nursing care particularly in relation to gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems, injury prevention and control
6. Pharmacology in the perioperative period
- pain Relief
- antibiotics
- Anti-Inflammatory agents
- specific condition related agents
7. Non-pharmacological comfort measures
8. Case histories related to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- child experiencing A Fracture
- adolescent experiencing A Fracture
9. Indicative Case History
- gastrointestinal ? Ca bowel
- Reproductive ? Ca breast, Ca Prostate
- Musculoskeletal ? fractures (focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 30 minutes x 2 20 N Individual
Poster 600 words 35 N Individual
Case Study 1,200 words 45 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Campbelltown

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Hawkesbury

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Liverpool

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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