Course Title: Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 70

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Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254837

Course Contact Email: leeanne.mond@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

 

This course 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 course 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. 

 

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.


This course includes clinical placement

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTENN011 Implement and monitor care for a person with acute health problems

Elements:

1. Identify impact of acute health problems on a person, family or carer.

2. Contribute to planning care for a person with acute health problems.

3. Perform nursing interventions to support health care of a person with acute health problems.

4. Contribute to pre- and post-operative nursing care of a person.

5. Contribute to an emergency response in the acute care environment.


Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT laboratories.

You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and role-play. Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge, classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.

 

 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify impact of acute health problems on a person, family or carer.

    1.1 Identify actual and potential health issues of the person presenting with an acute health problem using information from a preliminary health assessment and in discussion with relevant interdisciplinary health care team members.

    1.2 Explain to the person, family or carer the potential physical and psychological impacts of acute health problems on daily living activities.

    1.3 Identify the pathophysiology of the person’s underlying or presenting condition, and confirm with the person, family or carer.

  2. Contribute to planning care for a person with acute health problems.

    2.1 Contribute effectively to discussions about the care of the person with registered nurse and other members of the health team.

    2.2 Gather information and accurately document and report changes in the person’s condition to appropriate interdisciplinary health care team members.

  3. Perform nursing interventions to support health care of a person with acute health problems.

    3.1 Assist in providing care for the person with a compromised airway including clearing of airways and interpreting health status using monitoring devices.

    3.2 Provide care to the person requiring nutrition administered through a feeding tube or intravenous line.

    3.3 Use critical thinking and problem-solving approaches in prioritising and modifying nursing interventions to reflect changes in the person’s condition.

    3.4 Contribute to the person’s understanding of health care provided to assist them to regain optimal function through nursing interventions and health education.

    3.5 Observe the person to identify any psychological support and care required due to the impact of acute health problems.

    3.6 Ensure nursing interventions for pre- and post-procedure care for the person are in accordance with organisation policy and procedures.

  4. Contribute to pre- and post-operative nursing care of a person.

    4.1 Contribute to pre-operative nursing management of the person for specific surgical procedures.

    4.2 Ensure pre-operative care takes into account the relationship between pre-operative care and post-operative complications.

    4.3 Contribute to post-anaesthetic observation of the person following surgery including identifying deterioration when the person is not regaining consciousness.

    4.4 Assist the person recovering from a range of anaesthesia to regain optimal health status, and take appropriate actions to reduce risks associated with immobility.

    4.5 Promote the person’s post-operative comfort using pain management strategies and nursing care actions.

  5. Contribute to an emergency response in the acute care environment.

    5.1 Identify and confirm the roles and responsibilities of members of the emergency response team.

    5.2 Prepare and check emergency equipment.

    5.3 Identify emergency situations and respond to first aid requests from emergency response team, including accessing and preparing drugs used during advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


Overview of Assessment

 

Assessment Tasks

 

Assessment Task 1:  Clinical Placement

This assessment task supports Course learning Outcomes (CLOs) 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


Assessment Task 2: 
Simulated acute practice

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

 

Assessment Task 3: Exam

This assessment task supports knowledge assessment

you will be provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.

Feedback is provided on each assessment.