Courses & Units

Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Theory CNA756

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


This unit explores the principles of perioperative nursing. The content of this unit will include ethical and legal issues related to perioperative nursing, professional issues, infection control, and operating suite planning. Applied anatomy, pathophysiology and surgical techniques for general surgery are also included.


Unit name Foundations of Perioperative Nursing Theory
Unit code CNA756
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
Online 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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and apply principles of ethics and law to the perioperative environment.
  • Interpret and apply theories of asepsis, human factors and patient safety related to the perioperative environment.
  • Apply concepts of anatomy and pathophysiology to patient management during pre- operative, intra-operative and post-operative phases of general surgery and endoscopic procedures.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

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.

AssessmentDiscussion posts (online) and summary paper. (50%)|Essay - Case Study (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.      

Recommended Readings will be provided by your Unit Coordinator via the Reading List link in MyLO, or the unit Reading List on the University Library website.

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