Course Title: Practise in first line emergency nursing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: EMPL5724C

Course Title: Practise in first line emergency nursing

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact : Carylin Lenehan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

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Nominal Hours: 30

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

Not Applicable

Course Description

This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required by the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse to perform nursing interventions to assist clients requiring emergency health care

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

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN620A Practise in first line emergency nursing


1. Work as part of the emergency health care team

2. Assist the registered nurse in the provision of emergency care

3. Contribute to the quality and safety of emergency nursing care in consultation/ collaboration with the registered nurse

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Contribute appropriately to support the role of the health care team in managing the care of clients
1.2 Contribute to effective team work and supportive group dynamics with health care colleagues
1.3 Establish appropriate professional relationships with other members of the health care team
1.4 Recognise the contributions of emergency service personnel, referring agencies, hospital and community team staff to the care needs of client

2.1 Perform a holistic assessment of the client
2.2 Incorporate an understanding of anatomy and physiology into nursing practice
2.3 Identify and discuss problems and complications with client and/or significant others as appropriate
2.4 Communicate effectively with clients, significant others and health team members
2.5 Clarify the emergency needs of the client
2.6 Use contemporary assessment tools accurately
2.7 Ensure appropriate pre-, intra- and post-diagnostic procedures are undertaken in line with organisation policies and within scope of practice
2.8 Provide nursing care in response to trauma and emergency conditions
2.9 Assist in the preparation of clients for transport by air or road ambulance or by other means such as private car to another health care facility
2.10 Report and document first aid/emergency treatment and client response to the treatment
2.11 Recognise and act upon emergency situations according to organisation policy and procedure and within legal and professional requirements

3.1 In consultation/collaboration with the registered nurse, use a problem solving framework to plan appropriate nursing management strategies
3.2 Modify nursing interventions using critical thinking and problem solving approaches, to reflect changes in client's condition
3.3 Assist with processes to evaluate the quality of nursing actions
3.4 Demonstrate ability to rapidly re-prioritise care activities in temporarily changed circumstances
3.5 Participate in organisation risk identification and risk management processes

Learning Outcomes

This course is a short course which is not run at this time

Details of Learning Activities

Will be updated when course is to run

Teaching Schedule

Will be updated when course is to run

RMIT can be contacted if you are interested in this course

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All poweroints will be posted on student Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

This will be posted once course is to run

Assessment Tasks

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Assessment Matrix

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Other Information

Essential knowledge

The candidate 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:
• Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of injuries, poisonings, and emergency medical conditions
• Clinical manifestations of chronic disease states
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Culturally appropriate health practices
• Diagnostic tests and their meaning
• Emergency and first aid principles
• Evidence based practice
• Legislation related to health care practice, including Workplace health and safety legislation
• Medical terminology
• Organisation policy and procedure
• Participating as a member of the emergency care team
• Principles of health assessment
• Privacy issues including the Medical Records privacy Act, the patients Privacy Act and Local codes of conduct, procedures etc.
• Reflective practice
• Specialised knowledge relating the immobilisation and care of fractures and spinal injuries
• Specialised knowledge relating to care of children and infants
• Specialised knowledge relating to care of older clients

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