NURS12155 - Medical-Surgical Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit takes a lifespan approach to the nursing management of individuals experiencing acute medical and surgical conditions. It will provide you with theoretical knowledge to support your experience in Clinical Nursing Practice 2. You will build on your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. You will consider the ethical frameworks, healthcare technology, therapeutic communication patterns and processes, cultural sensitivity principles and nursing interventions that are used within the medical and surgical setting to provide person-centered nursing care to individuals and families.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 or NURS11154 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2

BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology

Co-requisites for 2016 only and then revert to pre-requisites from 2017

NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice or NHLT12001 Evidence Informed Practice

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 25%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 25%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50.49% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
All lecturers were knowledgeable and helpful, great support and made learning fun. You could see they worked as a team.
Recommendation
The teaching team will continue to manage the unit to support and facilitate students to learn and gain relevant knowledge in Medical and Surgical Nursing.
Action Taken
The teaching team managed the unit to support and facilitate students to learn and gain relevant knowledge in Medical and Surgical Nursing.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Zoom sessions allowed critical thinking to take place. The interactive nature was enjoyable.
Recommendation
Zoom sessions will continue to be run at the end of the week to consolidate the weekly case studies. A Q&A set up will continue to be utilised.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were carried out at the end of the week. A flipped classroom approach was used as previous years. To improve interaction and foster peer support, group work was used within the zoom session and a structured program followed using a critical thinking template and weekly case study which were linked to assessments.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Content was in depth and helped critical thinking.
Recommendation
Content of the unit will remain the same.
Action Taken
The content was reviewed and realigned with weekly learning outcomes, as well as the learning outcomes of the unit. This streamlined the content and gave it more structure.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Assessment tasks were relevant and useful. Enjoyed referring to Nursing Standards to complete assessments. Feedback was a good way to learn.
Recommendation
All assessments will continue to be reviewed by the Assessment Review Committee to ensure they are relevant and linked to the learning outcomes of the unit.
Action Taken
The team worked with a teaching mentor to review both the quizzes and the written assessment. Quizzes were written in line with the weekly content and addressed relevant LO's. The written assessment was linked to a case study and addressed the relevant LO's. Assessments were then reviewed by the Assessment Review Committee.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Confusion over how to print the book as a study guide
Recommendation
This information is available to students through a search on Moodle on how to print. Should students have difficulty doing this they can contact TASAC the IT assistance and information service who will assist students with this.
Action Taken
Instruction on how to print the book was demonstrated in a video in the welcome section of the Moodle site. Instructions were also given in the News Forum section of the unit.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
Too much content and reading
Recommendation
This unit is a large unit and covers many conditions, disease processes, nursing assessment along with nursing management and treatment. The content is required to meet the learning objectives of the unit and the appropriate AQF standards. The coordinating team will try to link the weekly content with NURS12156 Pharmacology to assist students to streamline their learning regarding content and reading. We will be working with Learning and Teaching to review Moodle design, content and assessments.
Action Taken
The team worked with a mentor to review and realign content with weekly LO's and LO's of the unit. This streamlined the content and gave it more structure.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Zoom sessions difficult to hear
Recommendation
To continue to improve the student experience when attending zoom sessions. We will encourage correct zoom etiquette.
Action Taken
Zoom etiquette was discussed before sessions were undertaken. Zooms structured in groups and each group was asked for a spokes person so that the discussion could be facilitated. Therefore managing exchange of communication more appropriately.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Flipped classroom concept difficult to grasp. Students have not encountered this way of teaching before.
Recommendation
A flipped classroom is an effective and recommended instructional strategy that moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, into the classroom. Students were asked to review a weekly case study with activities. A video explaining what a 'flipped classroom' is and how it works was provided on the Moodle site. The first Zoom session also included an explanation of the process. Students unable to attend were given the same instruction on how to work through the case study and then watch the recorded discussion to assess whether they had correctly answered the questions. All students were encouraged to contact lecturers if they had issues and extra explanation was given. This mode of teaching will remain in the unit, however, adjustments will be made to the process to enhance attendance and participation.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
More clarity needed with assessment tasks which included both quiz and written format.
Recommendation
Assessments will be developed in a co-design setting with learning and teaching experts to ensure clarity of instruction.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Marking and feedback inconsistent between markers. Students requesting more consistent feedback from the markers in relation to their assignment.
Recommendation
Consensus moderation is undertaken in this unit as per the 'Assessment Policy and Procedure'. The moderation process will continue with more comprehensive instruction, feedback, and mentoring provided to markers to promote consistency.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Enjoyed clinical weekly scenarios, encouraged critical thinking, content was specific and linked to real life nursing situations.
Recommendation
The unit will continue to be structured in this way to scaffold learning from first year. The unit will continue to build on basic critical thinking skills previously developed. Problem-solving will be encouraged while teaching the disease process in authentic scenarios.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply legal and ethical frameworks and evidence-based practice principles to identify the complexity of person-centred nursing care in the acute and medical-surgical setting
  2. Select appropriate technology to inform person-centred nursing care within the medical-surgical and acute care setting
  3. Evaluate communication patterns and process required to inform person safety and quality within the acute and medical-surgical setting
  4. Use cultural sensitivity principles to select person-centred nursing interventions and discharge planning relevant to the acute and medical-surgical setting.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)