Explore surgical concepts within the surgical ward environment. In the surgical specialisation you will take a person- and family-centred approach to examine the theoretical concepts related to reconstructive procedures, traumatic injuries, aesthetic surgery for cancer, and orthopaedic conditions requiring surgery, rehabilitation and re-conditioning. Modules delve into post op management and complications, pre-operative and post-operative implications to surgical outcomes, detection and management of post-operative deterioration, surgical co-morbidities, and rehabilitation. The specialisation also covers integral anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the significance of polypharmacy in the context of pain assessment and management, and surgical risk models.

Career opportunities

Studying this specialisation can lead to a career as a: 

  • clinical nurse specialist
  • clinical nurse consultant,
  • nurse unit manager/associate nurse unit manager
  • ward educator
  • clinical education programs coordinator
  • an academic in undergraduate education

Industry partnerships

ACU is proud to partner with:

  • Bendigo Health
  • Northern Health
  • Austin Health
  • Northern Health
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (Public) Melbourne
  • St Vincent’s Hospital (Private) Melbourne
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Completion requirements

A Specialisation group consists of 20cp.

Complete exactly 20 credit points from the following:

  • NRSG636Foundations of Specialty Practice 110 CP
  • NRSG637Foundations of Specialty Practice 210 CP

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