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.
four intensive, on-campus study days
audit (50%), case study analysis (50%)