Nursing the Acutely Ill Person (NURS5084)


This unit of study complements Illness Experience and Nursing Care, focusing on the responses of individuals and others to disruption to health. This unit of study aims to address issues surrounding acute nursing practices for various patients with common health care needs. Nursing practices associated with: the restoration and maintenance of oxygenation, ventilation and circulation; metabolism and elimination; consciousness and regulation; and movement and protection, are expanded upon using the framework for practice thinking. A life span approach will be used throughout with a focus on how diseases manifest and are treated differently as they occur at different life stages. In this unit of study students will further develop comprehensive health assessment skills and their understandings of accurate medication administration.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


12x2-hr lectures, 11x2-hr labs, 8x2-hr tutorials, and clinical placements (80-hrs)


Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


NURS5082 and NURS5081

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.