The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course focuses on the assessment and prioritisation of care in the management of injury in adults and children. Evidence Based research is used to explore topics including road accidents, burns, blast, drowning, sepsis, shock, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, fracture, and disaster management. It Includes principles and practices of triage, massive blood transfusion, and cultural competency in critical care. The legal principles and ethical concepts relating to end of life care and organ donation are integral to this course.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the pathophysiology, epidemiology, mechanism of injury and quality use of medicines principles relating to selected critical care scenarios.

2. Apply clinical reasoning skills and evidence based practice to develop plans of nursing care in selected critical care scenarios

3. Recognise the increased risk of post - traumatic stress disorder for people experiencing catastrophic physical events, their carers, and identify effective strategies for responding to such stressors

4. Identify how person-centred-care principles, cultural competence and therapeutic relationships support individuals who are experiencing grief, loss and bereavement

5. Apply ethical principles to specific clinical situations and demonstrate understanding of relevant aspects of the NSW Human Tissue Act (1983)

6. Explain the management of Acute Behavioural Disturbance and how inter-professional communication enables patient advocacy

7. Demonstrate mastery of required medication and intravenous fluid calculations

8. Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication in peer education related to selected clinical situations


Injury, burns, drowning, triage, sepsis, shock, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury,  fracture, disaster management, blood transfusion, organ donation, research dissemination, law, culture and ethics

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


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

Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed knowledge

Prior successful completion of all 1000 and 2000 level courses.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: . *

Presentation: . *

Quiz: Medication Calculations Quiz *

Formal Examination: Closed Book Examination - Accredited Program - use of Memory Aids are not permitted *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.
  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must gain a score of 100% in the medication calculation quiz to pass the course
  • Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorials can be delivered either face to face or online.