Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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


  • 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


This course is only available to students who are active in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Assumed knowledge

Satisfactory completion of all 1000 BN level courses

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz: Intravenous drug calculations

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Online clinical reasoning scenarios and related reflections

Professional Task: Clinical

Online Learning Activity: Online participation in Wiki

Formal Examination: Formal examination