Course Overview

Brief

This Course will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems. You will be asked a series of questions throughout the case study that will assist you with this and your learning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the presenting signs and symptoms of the patient and patient history
  • Describe the assessment and diagnostic tests required for this patient
  • Explain the potential management and expected outcomes for this patient
  • Identify the presenting condition

Topics include:

  • Case study
  • Examinations
  • Findings
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment and education

Target audience

All health professionals involved in the delivery of healthcare.

Purpose

To enhance your critical thinking, assessment, and problem-solving skills by working through a case study in order to identify and act on a common clinical condition.

Need

We use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise deteriorating patients and changes to conditions in a timely manner.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Educators

Sally Moyle

Sally is a rehabilitation clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator and teaches in Diploma of Nursing. She is passionate about education in nursing so we can become the best nurses possible. Sally has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, medical, orthopaedic, neurosurgical, day surgery, oncology, emergency, aged care and general surgery.

Tracy Edwards

Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the emergency department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, she works in a “see and treat” model of care and also works with the rapid assessment team, where she is required to fulfil both clinical and educational duties. Tracy has experience as a practice nurse and has held other management positions, including acting quality and clinical risk manager. Tracy is particularly interested in vascular health and has run several extra vocational programs focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tracy was a finalist in the "future leader" category for the South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards 2011 and won a South Australian Premiers Travelling Scholarship in 2011/12.

Hilary Bush

Hilary Bush is a registered nurse who trained and works in Melbourne. She currently works as a Nurse Planner and the Online Education Manager at Ausmed Education. She enjoys actively contributing to the advancement of nursing professional development in Australia, as well as developing and evaluating engaging continuing education activities for nurses worldwide. Hilary is currently undertaking a Master of Education (Educational Management) at the University of Melbourne.