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NURS20164 Australian Clinical Nursing Practice
Australian Clinical Nursing Practice
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General Information


This unit will provide advanced knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and care planning in the Australian context. 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. Through research and analysis of practice and policy documents, you are encouraged to evaluate the safety and sensitivity of early warning systems and health assessment instruments. You will consider best practice implications for medication administration, wound care and contemporary nursing practice. There are online workshops you will be required to attend. There is a compulsory on campus activity and 240 hours of work integrated learning in this unit. This work-integrated learning will allow you to demonstrate responsible nursing practice under the supervision of a nurse registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 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 - NURS20163  and NURS20160  Students must be enrolled in CL02.

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 - 2022

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:
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Class and Assessment Overview

Information for Class and Assessment Overview has not been released yet.

This information will be available on Monday 16 May 2022
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 Have your say


The best aspects of the unit was during the VLCE sessions. Having the opportunity to practice with other students made me more confident with the OSCE.


Continue to practice the OSCE with individual tutors in workshops.

Feedback from Have your say


"1) Moodle site is a bit complicated to search and navigate. It would be nice to introduce more about it during orientation. 2) OSCE practice: need to know more about how to write a progress note including examples."


Moodle site has now been converted to tiles in alignment with current policy. The change to tiles will address the concerns voiced in regards to navigating moodle. Adapt sessions to include progress note examples earlier in the unit.

Feedback from Have your say


For me, the best aspect of the unit is the clinical reasoning cycle. It explains in a specific way when assessing a patient's situation. OSCE is also new to me. It practices my "think aloud" /critical thinking skills when confronted by situations where the health care practitioner will have to act fast to prevent the deterioration of the patient.


Continue to utilise the clinical reasoning cycle from multiple sources to improve clinical understanding

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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