Courses & Units

Contemporary Perioperative Nursing Practice CNA755


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 builds on the knowledge and skills developed in CNA754 and is guided by clinical practice. Meanings arising from the content addressed in CNA757 are explored within an experiential mode of learning. Advanced problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills are used to enhance competency development.


Unit name Contemporary Perioperative Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA755
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 2 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 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

  • Apply concepts of patient management within complex surgical specialties during the perioperative continuum
  • Undertake experiential learning to inform self-awareness of competencies and motivate the delivery of quality and safe patient care and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Use methods of enquiry, evaluative skills and attitudes required for reflection, critical thinking, collaborative dialogue, problem solving and decision making.
  • Pursue and apply knowledge using initiative and independence in order to adapt and advance practice in response to changing demands and patterns within the perioperative environment.
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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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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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.

AssessmentClinical Practice Portfolio (50%)|Essay (50%)
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  1. Rothrock, J (ed) 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. Sutherland-Fraser, S, Davies, M, Gillespie, B, Lockwood, B (3rd edn), 2021, Perioperative nursing: An Introduction. Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.     
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