Courses & Units

Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Practice CNA754


Students are expected to have employment or a student placement in an operating room environment. This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively.


This unit focuses on developing perioperative clinical skills based on ACORN principles of practice. Competency development is supported by, clinical preceptors, clinical educators and academics. Successful completion of this unit enables the student to assess and manage the pre-, intra- and post-operative patient.


Unit name Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA754
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Fiona Newman
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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

  • Describe safe work practices and potential workplace hazards and within the perioperative setting.
  • Discuss patient management priorities during the pre-operative, intraoperative and post-operative phase of general surgery and endoscopic procedures.
  • Evaluate and apply the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) Standards for Perioperative Nursing and ACORN Competencies and NMBA professional standards within the perioperative setting.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060301 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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AssessmentEssay – ACORN Standards (50%)|Clinical Practice Portfolio (50%)
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  1. Rothrock, J 2018, Alexander’s Care of the Patient in Surgery, 16th edn. Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.

      Available as an ebook from the University of Tasmania library

  1. The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses 2020, ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (the Standards), 16th edn, Clinical Standards, Volume 1, Professional Standards, Volume 2.

Available on-line from the University of Tasmania library  

  1. Sutherland-Fraser, S, Davies, M, Gillespie, B, Lockwood, B (3rd edn), 2021, Perioperative nursing: An Introduction. Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.     
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