Course Title: Practise in the perioperative nursing environment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5313 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Title: Practise in the perioperative nursing environment

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

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.

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Course Contact: Carylin Lenehan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email: carylin

Course Description

This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of perioperative nursing care, building upon existing skills to enable the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse to provide holistic nursing care. Enrolled/Division 2 nurses use a range of complex nursing interventions to assist client/s, and their significant others, to attain and maintain optimal health

The knowledge and skills described in this competency unit are to be applied within jurisdictional nursing and midwifery regulatory authority legislative requirements. Enrolled/Division 2 nursing work is to be carried out in consultation/collaboration with registered nurses and under direct or indirect supervisory arrangements in line with jurisdictional regulatory requirements

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN612B Practise in the perioperative nursing environment


1. Work as part of the multi-disciplinary health care team in the perioperative environment

2. Contribute to assessment of client  undergoing surgical intervention

3. Contribute to planning care for perioperative client

4. Perform clinical nursing actions appropriate to care of perioperative clients

5. Evaluate effectiveness of nursing interventions and planned care in the perioperative environment

Learning Outcomes

The student must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes knowledge of:

• Australian Standards relating to electrical hazards, radiation hazards, and sharps disposal
• Client advocacy
• Client rights and responsibilities
• Complications of surgical procedures and their management
• Confidentiality and privacy
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices

It is critical that the student demonstrate the ability to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes the ability to:

• Apply relevant admission and discharge tools according to organisation policy
• Apply relevant health unit assessment tools according to organisation policy
• Apply cognitive processes to reflect problem solving and analysis in the planning implementation and evaluation of care to clients
• Apply clinical nursing skills, including:
• administration of oxygen
• administration of pre operative, post operative medications
• admission and discharge procedures
• application of anti-embolism stockings
• care of the unconscious client
• collection of specimens for pathology studies
• deep breathing and coughing
• electrocardiography
• emergency management of post operative complications
• facilitation of activities of daily living
• incentive spirometry
• incentive spirometry
• insertion of indwelling catheter
• intra operative observations
• maintenance of fluid balance
• maintenance of patent airway
• management of intravenous therapy including blood replacement
• management of skin integrity
• management of surgical drains
• material resource monitoring
• monitoring of blood glucose level
• oral suctioning
• pain management
• post operative observations including neurovascular and neurological
• preparation of the client for a surgical procedure
• pre-procedure baseline observations
• recovery of client post anaesthetic
• support scrub nurse
• wound management

Overview of Assessment

This course is not delivered as part of the Diploma of Nursing (Division 2 - Enrolled nurse) Program but can be delivered as a short course if significant interest received