Courses & Units

Complex Care NUR353


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 evidence-informed nursing interventions and person-centred management plans.


Unit name Complex Care
Unit code NUR353
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Belinda Beavan
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 2 9/5/2022 26/5/2022 19/6/2022 31/7/2022

* 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

  • Analyse the component steps in clinical reasoning and critical thinking to manage the complex, stable patient in both community and acute care settings.
  • Recognise and respond to acute deterioration in health care settings.
  • Apply palliative care principles to support the needs of clients, their families and carers .
  • Critically evaluate current evidence and data relevant to complex patient care and management.
  • Work effectively in teams, adapting written and verbal communication to the requirements of each situation.
  • Communicate relevant data in a clear and concise manner to ensure quality person-centred outcomes.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060301 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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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.

AssessmentQuizzes (10%)|Case Study (40%)|Case or problem activated learning (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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