Emergency Nursing

20 Units

The emergency nurse requires a diverse and specialised knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively assess and manage patients in the emergency department. This course will enable the student to develop proficiency in the emergency management of patients experiencing a trauma or health breakdown and provide support for their families. This course will encompass triage, legal and ethical issues, managing acute emergencies and communications strategies in the ED.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess, plan care and evaluate the emergency patient through the primary and secondary survey approach
  2. Understand and apply the principles and practice of the Australian Triage Scale to all age groups effectively
  3. Understand the legal and ethical aspects to emergency care
  4. Demonstrate effective management of a patient involved in a trauma
  5. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement evidenced based culturally relevant, therapeutic interventions to emergency presentations
  6. Demonstrate the ability to modify care in relation to pathology and medical imaging results
  7. Identify the needs of the patient’s family and significant others in the emergency department and plan appropriate nursing interventions to address these needs
  8. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in caring for emergency patient, their families and members of the multi-disciplinary team
  9. Demonstrate effective communication within the health care team and with patients
  10. Reflect on current practice and plan ongoing development commensurate with personal and professional goals
  • Foundations of Emergency Nursing
  • Assessment and Triage
  • Legal and ethical aspects of emergency nursing
  • Care of the family
  • Trauma
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Pharmacology
  • Renal emergencies
  • GIT emergencies
  • Reproductive emergencies
  • Mental health emergencies
  • Emergency care of special populations eg paediatrics
Assumed Knowledge Foundational nursing knowledge: nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Completion of NURS6021 - Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • Formal Examination: Formal Exam *
  • Portfolio: Portfolio *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1
Online Integrated Learning - 6 hours per week x 12 weeks Problem Based Learning - 4 hrs per week x 12 weeks

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1
Blackboard forum


Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1
Experienced based learning

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6020
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