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. 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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS533. 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

Master of Nursing 

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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.

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.


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

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will be mentored in their clinical practice by an experienced advanced nurse and or physician to undertake 40 hours (5 days) of supervised practice.  A collaborative competency based learning contract will support their advancing practice.


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.