Pathophysiological Phenomena in Nursing (NURS5076)

UNIT OF STUDY

With many changes in health care and advances in nursing practice scope over the last decade, nurses require advanced skills and knowledge related to undertaking systematic observations about events or conditions that influence patient signs and symptoms. Advanced practice nurses (such as nurse practitioners), and nurses working at an advanced practice level need the ability to conduct a comprehensive patient assessment, to formalise questions that serve as the basis for further investigation, capability to initiate such investigations and capability to act on findings.
This unit of study focuses on pathophysiological concepts and processes related to human responses to disease and illness. Using a conceptual approach, students will be provided with the opportunity to apply research findings to gain a deeper understanding of patient assessment findings. The conceptual approach assists students to focus on clinical problems encountered across common disease categories and populations, become more systematic in making observations about events or conditions that influence patient signs and symptoms and formalise questions that serve as the basis for further investigation. The application of these processes and concepts provides a knowledge base for registered nurses to improve clinical judgements and decision-making in the management of patients with complex changes in health status.

Further unit of study information

Classes

distance education/intensive on campus, up to 4 study days

Assessment

case study analysis (50%) and assignment (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.