Students are provided with a wide variety of learning options with which to interact in the unit. Issues around professional Perioperative Nursing and the different contemporary surgical and nursing specialities are explored in detail as students are taken on the patient's surgical journey from the decision to have surgery to the resolution of surgical sequelae. This unit enables students to explore areas of interest as well as building on foundational knowledge. It is designed to be interactive using multi media as well as providing students with the latest information and resources in contemporary surgical and nursing trends.

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HNB3141 - Nursing and Complex Care

RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the role of the perioperative nurse and differentiate between the nursing roles in perioperative settings;  
  2. Explain the role of the perioperative nurse in caring for people undergoing surgical and anaesthetic intervention in a variety of settings;  
  3. Consolidate previous knowledge about surgery and anaesthesia and integrate into the care of people requiring a diversity of specialist surgical procedures;  
  4. Explain the need for aseptic techniques in surgery;  
  5. Identify the risks for patients and staff in the perioperative setting;  
  6. Discuss the history and the professional growth of perioperative nursing;  
  7. Recognise and explore perioperative nursing practice and identify areas for knowledge enrichment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Four (4) Online Tests (30 minutes each) 40%
Assignment Assignment (2,000 words) 60%
To pass this unit students require an aggregate score of 50%.

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