Courses & Units

Contemporary Perioperative Nursing Theory CNA757


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 CNA756. The content of this unit focuses on the varied anatomical and physiological conditions seen by the perioperative nurse within a selection of different specialities in the perioperative environment. Special considerations relating to nursing different patient cohorts undergoing surgery are also explored. Leadership and management in the perioperative environment will also be examined


Unit name Contemporary Perioperative Nursing Theory
Unit code CNA757
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


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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

  • appraise the attributes and skills required for effective leadership, management, and implementing change in complex collaborative health care environments
  • critically analyse current socio-political and quality drivers and how they impact upon patient centred perioperative care and service improvement.
  • interpret and apply concepts of patient management within surgical specialties and different patient cohorts undergoing surgery.
  • search and appraise current research and evidence bases related perioperative care and using methods of enquiry, evaluative skills and attitudes for critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
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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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.

AssessmentEssay – Management & Leadership (50%)|Essay – Surgical Speciality Management (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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