Gastrointestinal Nursing Therapeutics

Course code NURS2194Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course provides the theoretical foundations to the care of adults and children across a range of clinical contexts. The gastrointestinal conditions that feature in the clinical scenarios selected for this course are based on related epidemiological indications and their impact on morbidity and mortality. An acute care clinical placement is an integral part of the course.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable students to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology, risk factors, nursing and collaborative management, pharmacological interventions and nursing education associated with selected gastrointestinal health breakdown situations;
2. Demonstrate understanding of acute and chronic gastrointestinal health breakdown;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of gastro-intestinal obstruction, vomiting and diarrhoea and hepatic failure;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology and aetiology of gastrointestinal carcinomas;
5. Relate knowledge of normal gastro-intestinal anatomy and physiology and assessment to plan nursing care for children and adults with selected gastrointestinal disorders (including colorectal cancer, vomiting and diarrhoea and liver failure);
6. Explain the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and collaborative management of gastrointestinal bleeding;
7. Explain the pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and collaborative management of dehydration in infants and children;
8. Discuss relevant considerations related to safe and effective pre and post-operative care;
9. Apply an evidence-based approach to the assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care of the person with a gastrointestinal disorder;
10. Plan and implement care that reflects an understanding of the impact of health breakdown including psychosocial dimensions of their illness experience on the person with the gastrointestinal disorder, and their significant others;
11. Develop clinical reasoning skills;
12. Administer medications within a quality use of medications framework.
Content* Anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal system
* Pathophysiology of gastro-intestinal obstruction
* Liver function and pathophysiology
* Blood components, groups and cross-matching
* Pre and post-operative care
* Liver failure
* Management of fluid and electrolyte balance in adults and children
* Malnutrition
* Nasogastric tube management
* Pain management
* Wound management
* Stoma management
* Management of vomiting and diarrhoea in children
* Clinical reasoning and identification of the 'deteriorating patient'
* Quality use of medicines
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSatisfactory completion of all 1000 BN level courses
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline participation in Wiki
Satisfactory clinical performance and mastery of specified core skills
Online clinical reasoning scenarios and related reflections
Intravenous drug calculations
Contact HoursClinical: for 64 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Laboratory: for 15 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of NURS1171, NURS1291 & NURS1292
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form
Compulsory Program ComponentSatisfactory clinical performance and no unresolved, unsatisfactory clinical reports in NURS1291, Nursing Therapeutics and Health Breakdown and NURS1292, Nursing Therapeutics and Medications