Course Title: Practise in first line emergency nursing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: NURS5298C

Course Title: Practise in first line emergency nursing

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - 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


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:

HLTEN620B Practise in first line emergency nursing


1. Work as part of the emergency 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

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 clinical nursing skills including:
• basic nursing interventions
• chest pain assessment
• physical assessment skills including neurological function
• specimen collection
• Admission and transfer to acute care facilities
• Apply professional standards of practice:
• ANMC code of conduct

Details of Learning Activities

This is not part of the DIploma of Nursing (Division 2 - Enrolled Nurse) program is a short course which is delivered if sufficient numbers enroll

Teaching Schedule

Timetable and assessments will be posted when course is delivered

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts will be identified when program is to commence


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Will be identified and published once course is to be run

Assessment Matrix

Will be published once course is to commence

Other Information

This is not part of the DIploma of Nursing (Division 2-Enrolled nurse) program and will be run as a short course if sufficient numbers apply

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