On returning from your tea break you are met by several staff members who relate the following information to you concerning your patients.

i. Mrs Chew’s intravenous (IV) infusion has tissued, her IV fluids are running behind and she has missed her 14.00 hrs IV antibiotic.

ii. Mr Smith’s visitor has fainted.
iii. One of the staff toilets has blocked and is overflowing and waste is pouring out rapidly.

iv. Mr Esposito is scheduled to leave the ward now for his cardiac catheterisation and he has still not received his preoperative medication.

v. One of the surgical consultants (VMO) is waiting to discuss a medication error that happened

vi. As you are taking this handover, an elderly female post-operative patient collapses to the floor and is unconscious. She has had facial surgery. The other RN is busy with NUM role. Staff currently available on the ward to assist you in addressing these issues include: the ward clerk, an Enrolled Nurse who is currently undertaking her IV cannulation certificate but is not yet competent, and an AIN.

Using the above scenario:

1: In order of priority, identify which tasks you yourself will undertake and which tasks you will delegate.

2: Document your rationales in detail.

2. MODULE 2 (500 WORDS):-

Grant Thompson was a fit 37 year old man, a father of two young children and married for 14 years to Georgina. Grant was a truck driver who was involved in an MVA 6 months ago and suffered extensive injuries to his leg and a mild head injury. His recovery has been slow and he relies heavily on the use of a wheelchair but can now walk for short distances with the aid of a walker. Georgina wants Grant to come home and rehabilitate there. She has made some modifications to their home, ramps put in, handrails in the bathroom and toilet. The health care team is meeting to discuss this option. The team consists of the treating doctor, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist, NUM of the rehabilitation unit, social worker and psychologist. There is disagreement among the team as to whether Grant would be better to stay in hospital a bit longer or go home. The physiotherapist and the occupational therapist both feel that Grant still requires intensive treatment which can only be provided as an inpatient. The psychologist and the social worker have noted that Grant’s separation from his family and home.


The “MND Australia Fact Sheet on Multidisciplinary Teams” outlines professional groups who could make up a multidisciplinary health care team for a patient with motor neurone disease (MND).

Please read this fact sheet, answer the following questions, and upload your answers on your

e-Portfolio on LEO. This forms part of your assessment for this unit.

1. What factors determine the professional groups on a health care team?

2. Who should lead the health care team?

3. Who is the most important member of the health care team?

4 environment has been having a negative effect on Grant, Georgina and their children. The treating doctor feels that we could treat Grant as an outpatient but it would mean he has to attend regular physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions. You are the team designated leader of the health care team.

Discuss the following questions

1. What are the key issues in this dilemma?

2. What outcomes would be best for Grant and his family?

3. How would you guide the group in achieving this best outcome?

You are a Registered Nurse on the afternoon shift on a short-stay (24 hours) surgical ward. One other RN, an EN and three AINs are also on duty. The NUM is off sick and the other RN is acting as NUM as well as taking a patient load. The ward is full: there are 22 patients, 10 of whom went to surgery in the morning, and 8 are going on your shift. Half of these a patients have intravenous access and antibiotics at some time during your shift.

Using your knowledge and experience of various patient allocation models (e.g. total patient care, team nursing and task allocation), outline how you would allocate the staff to the patients. Include in your discussion your rationale for the model of allocation chosen and the scope of practice of the various staff


You are working on the morning shift on the ward, and receive a patient from ED. The ED nurse provides you with the following handover, using the ISOBAR format. Further information about the ISOBAR format can be found on page 7 of this module. Please click on the handover link in LEO within Module 3 section, titled: ‘Module 3 Activity 2 Verbal
Handover’. Listen to this recording, and then please answer the following:

1. What further questions will you need to ask the nurse?

2. List specifically what further assessments you would complete when the patient arrives onto the ward