Specialty Nursing B

Course code NURS6773Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Emphasises the speciality knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary work in specialist nursing areas. Specialist areas/ streams for study include emergency, intensive care, surgical, nephrology, parenting education and perioperative care. The course focuses on the clinical application of fundamental and foundation knowledge obtained in the speciality nursing A course, in your selected specialtiy and the development of advanced nursing knowledge, skills and patient management in this speciality.

Underpinning this course are the Competency Standards for the Advanced Practice Nurse (Australian Nursing Federation, 1997) and the relevant specialist nursing competency standards are the frameworks used to guide students in this course. The competency domains stimulate inquiry and guide the course content. The domains include professional practice, reflective practice, empowerment, clinical problem solving, teamwork and leadership. Specialty Nursing B has an attached clinical component - please see section on assessments.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Plan, implement, manage, evaluate and document nursing care or educational session in a constantly changing environment based on the individual client and unit/staffing needs using a variety of methods and appropriate technologies as required in accordance with the legislation and expectations for an advanced practice nurse;
2. Actively engages the client in the care delivery or educational process to ensure the attainment/maintenance or restoration of optimal health and associated education;
3. Able to function as a collaborative member of the multidisciplinary team in the clinical decision making process to ensure optimal outcomes for the client and significant others and maintains the duty of care to the client, self and others.
ContentSpecialist areas of study

Emergency Nursing
Module 1 Management of medical and surgical patients in the emergency department
Module 2 Trauma, resuscitation and advanced life support
Module 3 Specialised patient populations in the emergency department
Module 4 Contemporary issues in emergency nursing

Nephrology Nursing
Module 1 Managing the clinical manifistations of renal failure
Module 2 Haemodialysis and associated therapies
Module 3 Peritoneal dialysis
Module 4 Renal transplantation
Module 5 Contempory issues in nephrology nursing

Perioperative Nursing
Module 1 Perioperative surgical specialties
Module 2 Care of the patient in the post operative recovery phase
Module 3 Specialised patient populations
Module 4 Contempory issues in periperative nursing

Intensive Care Nursing
Module 1 Maintenance of the ICU Patient
Module 2 Advanced Nursing Management of the ICU Patient
Module 3 Preventing Complications in the ICU
Module 4 Special patient populations in the ICU
Module 5 Contemporary issues in intensive care nursing

Surgical Nursing
Module 1 Models of Care in Surgery
Module 2 Patient Populations with Special needs in Surgery
Module 3 Clinical Specialties and Surgical Nursing
Module 4 Advanced Surgical Nursing

Parenting Education
Module 1 Course Design and developing lesson plans
Module 2 Specialist Clinical Practice 1: Using learning activities
Module 3 Specialist Clinical Practice II: Teaching unexpected outcomes
Module 4 Formative and Summative Evaluation of Programs
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted Bachelor of Nursing Degree or equivalent
Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice.
Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues.
Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation.
Ability to conceptualise practice.
Demonstrated Australian Nursing Council competencies.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsClinical Leadership
Group/tutorial participation and contributionWorkshop on learning activities
Other: (please specify)Plan of Nursing Care or Education Session
Other: (please specify)Clinical Component
Satisfactory/unsatisfactory
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentLimited by enrolment in the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice) and the Master of Midwifery Studies. Students must have concurrent employment in a specialty area (minimum of 0.6 FTE per week).
Compulsory Program ComponentYes - Specialty Nursing A