NURS 7071 Introduction to Alterations in Health

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Tai Kwok Opens in new window

Description The primary focus of this unit is the application of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards related to regional, national and global Health Priorities . This introduction to Alterations in Health utilises an evidence-based approach to develop an understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacological interventions, and justification of appropriate safe nursing care of people across the lifespan who are experiencing acute, but usually resolvable alterations in their health.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4785 - Master of Nursing Practice (Graduate Entry).

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 manage physiological changes associated with alterations in health across contexts of nursing practice
  2. Utilise best evidence to support decision making for safe person-centred care
  3. Implement appropriate nursing assessment and person-centred care during the perioperative period
  4. Prioritise nursing care for a person experiencing an alteration in health and the ability to justify decision making
  5. Rationalise the safe and effective use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for a person experiencing an alteration in health
  6. Identify and be cognisant of the regional, national and global health priorities to integrate clinical practice guidelines, incorporating the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Subject Content

1. Principles of perioperative nursing care related to:
- NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice
- Best Practice Guidelines
- Hospital policies and procedures
Diversity, culture, inclusion and cultural safety for all people
2. National Safety and 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 in relation to:
- gastrointestinal,
- musculoskeletal
- reproductive systems
6. Pharmacology in the perioperative period
- Analgesics
- Antibiotics
- Anti-inflammatory agents
- Specific condition related treatments
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)


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 each) 20 N Individual
Poster 600 words 30 N Individual
Case Study 2,000 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Tai Kwok Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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