NRS303 Health Challenges 1: Nursing Interventions and Rehabilitation (8)

The course introduces students to a nursing orientation in caring for children and adults who have moderately severe health challenges. Students will apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to assess, plan, impl em ent and evaluate patients care in primary and secondary health care settings using a holistic approach.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to provide nursing care within secondary health care environments.
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to provide culturally safe nursing care based on the concepts of social justice and equity in practice.
  • be able to apply principles of challenges processes to assess, plan, impl em ent and evaluate nursing care.
  • be able to apply the skills of critical thinking and reflection within the context of nursing.
  • be able to apply and evaluate evidence in nursing practice.
  • be able to integrate and apply, with direction, knowledge, skills and principles for clinical reasoning in nursing practice.
  • be able to apply, under direction, the principles of interpersonal and therapeutic communication skills in the secondary health care setting.
  • be able to apply developing oral presentation skills within the context of clinical group discussions.
  • be able to apply, under supervision, the principles of safe and accurate documentation in the secondary health care setting, in line with legal and ethical requir em ents.
  • be able to demonstrate developing application of formal writing skills and evidence of critical thinking, in a variety of genres.
  • be able to demonstrate developing application of technology to aid research and present information in a manner, consistent with organisational requir em ents.


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. Nursing and the secondary health care environment:

(a) The secondary health care environment and secondary prevention

(b) Health challenges and nursing interventions across the lifespan

(i) Musculoskeletal health challenges
(ii) Integumentary health challenges 
(iii) Neurological health challenges 
(iv) Special sensory health challenges 
(v) Respiratory health challenges 
(vi) Cardiac health challenges

2. Operationalising secondary health care and prevention:

(a) Safe nursing practice and professionalism

(i) Practice within scope of practice
(ii) Reflective practice and evidence based clinical reasoning
(iii) Documentation and communication
(iv) Skill acquisition in secondary health care context

Musculoskeletal assessment and intervention: Care of traction, peri-operative care and wound management
Integumentary assessment and intervention: Wound management, burn(s) assessment and management
Neurological assessment and intervention: Seizure management, cerebrovascular accident care, closed head injury, pre, peri and post op care
Special sensory assessment and intervention: Vision and hearing assessment
Respiratory assessment and intervention: Airway management, mechanical ventilation, care of chronic obstructive airways disease
Cardiac assessment and intervention: Acute myocardial infarction care, coronary artery disease care, peri-operative care, basic and advanced life support, intravenous therapy (peripheral), medication administration
Pain management

3. Nursing and secondary prevention:

(a) Nursing and health promotion with individuals and groups

(i) Needs assessment
(ii) Planning health promotion and education activities
(iii) Implementing health promotion and education activities
(iv) Evaluating health promotion and education activities

(b) Promotion of selfcare

(c) Recognition of role in policy development and implementation

(d) Social justice and equity in health and illness

4. Ways of knowing

(a) Generic attributes of Charles Sturt University with particular focus on:

(i) Academic skills
(ii) Numerical competency and literacy
(iii) Beginning competency in critical thinking and reasoning
(iv) Technology competency and application 
(v) Active research utilisation

(b) Application of evidence to theory, reflection, critique and practice

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

For distance education students this subject will have a two day residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.