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NURS20162 Clinical Nursing Practice
Clinical Nursing Practice
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General Information


This unit will provide advanced knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and care planning. You will learn how to apply a clinical reasoning process and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessment model in order to prioritise and perform holistic nursing care for individuals, families and groups. You will critically examine common risk screening tools and clinical pathways used in practice, to organise and perform safe and effective nursing care. You will evaluate early warning systems and health assessment instruments through evidence-based research and by analysing practice and policy documents. You will consider best practice implications for medication administration, wound care and contemporary nursing psychomotor skills. There are online workshops you will be required to attend. There is a compulsory on campus activity you will have to attend. You will also undertake 160 hours of work-integrated learning which you will undertake after week 12. This will allow you to demonstrate responsible nursing practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Work-integrated learning may be delayed due to travel restrictions and local healthcare service policy.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisites - NURS20161 and NURS20160 Students must be enrolled in CH79 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. On-campus Activity
Weighting: Pass/Fail
3. Professional Practice Placement
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle


Group Accountability Study (GAS) direction could be clearer. It felt like there was a lot of course content and not a lot of direction for what we were expected to know each week, what we were expected to discuss with our groups and bring to class.


GAS groups for term 2 were allocated to allow for the integration of international and domestic students to increase diversity. The Moodle site now has clear direction of where students need to be up to each week.

Feedback from Moodle


The video classes feel a bit short, would be nice to have more time to go through the clinical reasoning cycle when placed into groups as it feels a bit rushed.


An extra hour to facilitate clinical learning in the on-line platform has been established.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Construct and adapt an evidence-informed and culturally safe nursing care plan based on patient assessment data with consideration of people from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  2. Communicate with patients, families and healthcare teams, adhering to legal and professional standards
  3. Evaluate medications used in Australia and their uses in different client groups
  4. Prioritise and plan the safe administration of medications to a variety of patients
  5. Apply the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's Registered Nurse Standards for Practice in the safe and effective care of individuals, families and the community whilst in the work-integrated learning context.

The unit learning outcomes are linked to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's "Registered Nurses Standards for Practice".

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 0%
2 - On-campus Activity - 0%
3 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 0%
2 - On-campus Activity - 0%
3 - Professional Practice Placement - 0%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom capacity (web cam and microphone)
  • Laptop/Computer
Academic Integrity Statement

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