Carry out post-operative nursing routines

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ACMVET502A, 'Carry out post-operative nursing routines'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Maintain patient fluid requirements

1.1. Intravenous catheters are placed and maintained in accordance with clinic policies.

1.2. Patient fluid output is monitored in accordance with workplace health and safety and clinic policies and procedures.

1.3. Intravenous fluid therapy is maintained in accordance with clinic policies.

2. Maintain patient nutritional requirements

2.1. Specific nutritional requirements are met according to individual patient needs.

2.2. Energy requirements are calculated according to individual patient needs.

2.3. Assisted feeding procedures are carried out in accordance with clinic policies.

3. Monitor wound or surgical site post-operatively

3.1. Dressings and bandages are managed post-operatively in accordance with clinic policies.

3.2. Indwelling surgical drains are managed in accordance with clinic policies.

3.3. Open wounds are managed post-operatively in accordance with clinic policies.

4. Monitor recumbent patients post-operatively

4.1. Housing and bedding are selected in accordance with specific patient needs.

4.2. Specific nursing techniques are used to prevent and treat complications associated with recumbent patients.

4.3. Positioning aids and techniques are used in accordance with surgical procedure, disease process and individual patient needs.

5. Monitor patients post-operatively

5.1. Vital signs and observations are recorded and abnormalities are reported to the surgeon.

5.2. Patient care plans are prepared and implemented in consultation with the surgeon.

5.3. Recognised physical therapy techniques are applied according to patient needs.

6. Discharge patients into the care of clients

6.1. Specific home-nursing requirements are communicated to clients in accordance with surgeons' instructions.

6.2. Instructions on patients' physiotherapy and exercise are communicated to clients as required in accordance with veterinarians' instructions.

6.3. Follow up appointments are organised as required.

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMVET502A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM50210 - Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (Surgical)