Courses & Units

Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing 2 CNA534


This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively. You must be employed in an appropriate clinical setting.


This unit is designed to be experiential and practice focused. It will focus on the complex health care needs of patients requiring specialised anaesthetic and recovery nursing care. The practice skills required to address complex nursing situations in the anaesthetic and recovery environment will be covered in this unit. Students will examine potential complications and/or emergencies requiring nursing intervention, coordination and management during the patient's anaesthetic and recovery phase of their operative procedure.


Unit name Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing 2
Unit code CNA534
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Suzi Querruel
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically analyse and reflect on the policies and guidelines of specialist professional bodies such as ACPAN, ANZCA and ACORN to support clinical decision making.
  • Apply advanced risk management strategies in anaesthetics and recovery nursing.
  • Reflect and evaluate one's own clinical practice with a view to making improvements when required, thus improving patient care and safety.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060399 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentPractice Portfolio (40%)|Critical Analysis of Policy or Guideline (30%)|Risk Management Case Scenario. (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


You should read broadly around the issues discussed within this unit. The following texts may be useful:

  • Aitken, L, Marshall, A & Chaboyer, W (eds) 2019, Critical Care Nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood. (available as eBook on Booktopia)
  • ACORN 2020, ACORN clinical standards. Vol. 1. 16th Edition. Adelaide.
  • ACORN 2020, ACORN professional standards. Vol. 2. 16th Edition. Adelaide.
  • Butterworth, JF, Mackey, DC & Wasnick, JD 2018, Morgan and Mikhail's Clinical Anesthesiology, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York.
  • Odom-Forren, J 2018, Drain’s Perianaesthesia nursing: A critical care approach, 7th edn, Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri.
  • Hamlin, L, Davies, M, Richardson-Tench, M & Sutherland-Fraser, S 2016, Perioperative nursing: An introduction, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
  • Harley, I & Hore, P 2014, Anaesthesia - An Introduction, 5th edn, IP Communications, Melbourne.
  • Thompson, J, Moppett, I & Wiles, M (eds), Smith & Aitkenhead’s textbook of anaesthesia, 7th edn, Elsevier.
LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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