Course Title: Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5149C

Course Title: Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

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Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This competency unit describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to providing nursing care for clients with complex needs

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN505A Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients


1. Perform nursing interventions to assist client with complex needs


2. Advocate for clients in health and/or community settings


3. Contribute to the nursing care of clients with common disorders/conditions

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participate in simulations of client assessment
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

1. Peri-operative Care
2. post op complications
3. Removal of Sutures and clips Drain Tubes Theory & prac
4. Oxygen Administration & Theory
5. Complex conditions of the Respiratory system & drug therapy
6. Specific Nursing interventions associated with the Reproductive systems & meds
7. Urinary Catheterisation prac
8. Common diagnostic & therapeutic procedures for Resp. conditions
9. Complex conditions of the CVS & drug therapy
10. Common diagnostic procedures for Cardiovascular conditions including ECG
11. ECG Prac
12. Venipunct- Theory
13. Venipuncture- Prac
14. complex medical conditions of the GIT & Diagnostic procedures-
15. Complex surgical conditions of the GIT -
16. Enteral Feeding/parental nutrition (Theory)
17. Enteral Feeding & stoma care(Prac)
18. Managing vomiting & diarrhoea
19. clinical placement prep/debrief
20. revision
21. Exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. 2005 Essentials of anatomy and physiology Benjamin Cummings: San Fransisco
Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing 3rd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney
Tamparo, C and Lewis, M. 2005 Diseases of the human body. FA Davis Company: Philadelphia


Chabner, DE 2003 Medical Terminology: a short course Saunders:Philadelphia
Harris, P, Nagy S and Vardaxis, N 2006 Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Elsevier:Sydney

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Case study scenarios 
A summative examination assessing knowledge will be required.  
Supporting statement of supervisor- clinical competency tool

Assessment Matrix

Short case study scenarios will be distributed for discussion throughout the course duration.
A summative examination assessing knowledge will be required. This exam represents 100% of the required marks.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements
To achieve competency a mark of 50% or more must be achieved and related clinical competencies achieved.

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