Course Title: Acute Care Nursing 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Acute Care Nursing 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Karen Livesay

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 9925 7070

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will build on the knowledge and skills you have learned in NURS2100 Acute Care Nursing 1. You will consider nursing and associated care for patients with an increased variety of specific disease processes. You will utilise your bioscience learning to extend your knowledge base of the pathophysiological processes taking place in the patient. Your ability to prescribe and undertake a variety of nursing interventions to contribute to clinical care of patients will be enhanced. Nursing skills will be developed in the clinical laboratories using skill demonstration and simulated clinical practice. The course will require you to critically reflect  on your clinical practice and use of current research to provide a rationale for your nursing practice 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes:

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the BP032 Bachelor of Nursing Program in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

  • PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
  • PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • PLO 3: Maintains the capability for practice
  • PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
  • PLO 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice
  • PLO 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
  • PLO 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Discuss acute and chronic alterations in health from a pathophysiological perspective.
  2. Employ health assessment and nursing management in the planning and care of the chronically and acutely ill patient
  3. Develop nursing knowledge and skills to be able to care for a patient with an acutel illness
  4. Relate the pathophysiology of specific disease states to the manifestations of signs and  symptoms
  5. Describe the nursing management of specific disease states commonly encountered in healthcare
  6. Recognise the nursing support of the patient and significant others required throughout the acute episode of care.
  7. Demonstrate (by means of simulated practice) the application of requisite nursing knowledge and skills for the acutely ill patient

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts, Lectopia/Echo 360, Blackboard discussion board forums and practice laboratories.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of nursing the acutely ill patient. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: Self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Teacher Guided Hours: 60 per semester - comprising of 4 hours of lectures and 1.5  hours of supervised laboratory session per week (for 8 weeks)

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester - comprised of self-directed learning, completion of readings, e- study guide materials and skills practice in the clinical nursing laboratories.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of learning modes such as lectures/ laboratory sessions Lectopia, Discussion Board, workshops and the simulated laboratory learning environment. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site. It is expected students will make use of electronic databases and ejournals available through the RMIT library to support their learning

A library subject guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Performance Assessment and Skills Laboratory Attendance  (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 5, 6 & 7

Students are required to attend all skills laboratory sessions. The Performance Assessment (PA) will be conducted at the end of semester, and a mark out of 20 will be allocated.  The marking guide will be based on the ANMC competency for each clinical skill.

Students are expected to address all three domains of learning – cognitive, affective and psychomotor – when being tested. If the student does not gain a pass for the performance assessment in Week 12/13, he or she will be offered only one further opportunity to demonstrate a safe level of practice prior to the end of semester Course Assessment Committee meeting. If the student passes this second attempt, he or she will be awarded half of the maximum number of marks allocated to this skill. As a compulsory requirement for the course; if the student fails to present safe practice at this final attempt, he or she will not gain a pass and receive a NH grade for the course overall.

The practical (Performance Assessment) components of assessment which are critical to patient safety are required to be passed by the student in order for the student to achieve a pass grade in this course.

Assessment Task 2: Case Study Assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5