This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the care of the person with an acute health problem by performing clinical nursing skills and interventions that support the person's health care needs and assist them to regain optimal function and lifestyle.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines; - analysed health information and the clinical presentation of 1 person in the workplace or simulated environment to reach an accurate conclusion on possible health care planning and nursing interventions related to their acute health condition, in consultation with a registered nurse; - performed nursing interventions for 1 person undergoing a surgical procedure in the workplace, including pre-operative preparation and post-operative care, and; - implemented nursing interventions in the workplace or in a simulated environment specific to care of 1 person with acute health problems.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - acute health problems; - holistic approach to care in the acute care environment including nursing interventions and outcomes; - clinical manifestations of acute disease states and illnesses requiring complex nursing interventions; - emergency management protocols for first aid procedures and cardiac and respiratory arrest; - pre- and post-operative nursing management; - equipment used in acute care environments; - post-operative pain management strategies; - post-anaesthetic and post-operative observations; - how to perform complex interventions; - how to monitor a person with medical devices, and; - principles of surgical nursing and associated surgical procedures and related terminology.

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