NRS533 Advancing Emergency Care Nursing Practice (8)


Knowledge and skill development for advancing nursing practice in an emergency setting (including the rural and remote setting) will be developed in this subject. Emergency presentations across the lifespan will be explored. The student will explore the best available evidence to address the complexity and multiplicity of presentations. Skills to conceptualise adapt and lead nursing practice to meet complex and challenging clinical presentations in the emergency setting will be developed. The theoretical knowledge and skills for advancing emergency nursing practice as outlined by the relevant professional organisation/s will be applied in the clinical setting. Students undertaking this subject will negotiate mentoring from a suitably qualified health professional to practice advanced nursing competencies and if necessary negotiate with their employer to work in the specialty area for a certain time to meet their learning objectives in the subject.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge

Registered nurse experience and acquired knowledge gained through their undergraduate education will provide a foundation for advancing their knowledge and skills in this subject.

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the  Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations),Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations),  Master of Nursing (with specialisations) or the Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner). 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the principles of triage to assess urgency in relation to patient presentations to the Emergency Department.
  • be able to undertake advanced nursing assessments on patients across the lifespan with complex presentations.
  • be able to practice in a culturally competent manner to seek, retrieve and evaluate evidence.
  • be able to examine and apply a sound understanding of pathophysiology underpinning complex health problems.
  • be able to adapt nursing practice to meet the needs of individuals with complex presentations, for example intellectual disability and/or mental health issues.
  • be able to explain how psychological, social and cultural factors as well as the features of the rural and remote environment, impact on individuals with multiple, concurrent problems.
  • be able to apply expert knowledge and skills to initiate assessment, undertake time-critical intervention, administer pain relief and plan for the ongoing management of the individual and specific client groups presenting with complex problems.
  • be able to utilise highly developed communication skills (including the use of technology) to expertly access, present, interpret, and record information.
  • be able to apply legal and ethical principles, national guidelines and local policies and protocols related to providing care in the emergency setting.
  • be able to initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with other members of the health care team to improve health outcomes.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Triage.
  • Systematic evidence based nursing assessment and management.
  • Pathophysiology.
  • Advanced clinical competencies.
  • Evidence based practice in emergency nursing.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 7 days duration. Students will be mentored in their clinical practice by an experienced advanced nurse and or physician to undertake 50 hours of supervised practice.  A collaborative competency based learning contract will support their advancing practice.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.