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Hobart, Rozelle - Sydney


The focus of Complex Care is on acute deterioration, illness trajectories and disease progression, assessment, collaborative patient management and pharmacology. Complex Care synthesises your knowledge of complex conditions affecting multiple body systems to manage patients with acute and chronic illnesses across the life span, including palliative and end of life care. You will be provided with a range of scenarios to apply your clinical reasoning skills and are required to recognise, interpret, analyse and record data relevant to the acutely deteriorating patient, in accordance with the NSQHS Standards. You will use current research to identify evidenceā€informed nursing interventions and personā€centred management plans.

Summary 2021

Unit name Complex Care
Unit code NUR353
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing

John Ramjan

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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CXA243 Pathophysiology for Health Care 2


Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered 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. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
educators and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Attendance at PEP is mandatory.

In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.


Test or quiz 20 questions in each quiz, Weight: 10%
Literature review 1500 words, Weight: 40%
Case or problem activated learning 1700 words, Weight: 50%

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Amerman, EC 2019, Human Anatomy & Physiology (2nd Global Edition), Pearson Education, Essex

Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P., Carno, A., Levett-Jones, T., Hales, M., Berry, K., Carville, T., Dwyer, T., Knox, N., Moxham, L., Reid-Searl, K. & Stanley, D. 2020. Lemone and Burke’s Medical-Surgical Nursing. 4th ed. Pearson, Melbourne.

Tiziani, A 2017, Harvard’s nursing guide to drugs, 10th edition, Mosby, Sydney, NSW

Bullock, S. & Manias, E. Fundamentals of Pharmacology, Pearson

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