Emergency Nursing Therapeutics

Course code NURS3197Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Examines the concept of triage and the nursing response required in emergency situations including head injury, spinal injury, burns and mental health crisis, based on understanding the scientific basis of the underlying pathology. The ability to make independent clinical decisions and work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team are especially vital aspects of the nursing role in this clinical context. Post traumatic stress is discussed in both client and self care contexts.

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

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Apply principles of triage to assess people in emergency situations
2. Conduct focused assessment of clients in emergency situations;
3. Synthesise assessment data to monitor response to treatment;
4. Apply understanding of the pathophysiology of raised intracranial pressure to assessment, nursing intervention and other management strategies;
5. Apply understanding of the pathophysiology of burns to assessment, nursing intervention and other management strategies;
6. Apply understanding of the pathophysiology of spinal injury to assessment, nursing intervention and other management strategies;
7. Apply understanding of the psychopathology of bipolar disease to assessment, nursing intervention and other management strategies;
8. Assess clients regarding the need for and monitoring of blood, blood products, fluid and electrolyte replacement in an emergency situation;
9. Plan and implement care for clients that reflects understanding of the impact of psychosocial dimensions of their illness experience on the client and significant others;
10. Work effectively as a team member in responding to an emergency situation;
11. Implement strategies to address post traumatic stress for clients and self;
12. Apply clinical reasoning to the assessment and nursing care of clients experiencing illness;
13. Recognise and manage the deteriorating patient; and
14. Develop and demonstrate group work skills
Clinical reasoning
Head injury and raised intracranial pressure;
Homeostasis; fluid & electrolyte balance;
Shock and fluid and electrolyte replacement and management
Blood, blood products and plasma expanders;
Renal pathophysiology
Pharmacology of diuretics and steroids
Mental health crisis
Post traumatic shock
Emergency teams
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAll 1000 and 2000 level BN courses
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalExam
Other: (please specify)Reflection/metacognition exercise. Satisfactory clinical performance and mastery of specific core skills are essential to achieve a pass or higher grade in this course.
Other: (please specify)Case Study
Contact HoursClinical: for 64 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of HUBS1401, NURS1171, NURS1181, HUBS1416, NURS1272, NURS1291, NURS1292, NURS2182, NURS2194 & NURS2296
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentAll 1000 level courses and NURS2182 and NURS2194. No unresolved unsatisfactory reports from previous clinical placements.
Immunisation record card that meets the NSW Department of Health Guidelines,
Signed confidentiality undertaking.