CQUniversity Unit Profile
NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance
Nursing and Clinical Governance
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Corrections

Unit Profile Correction added on 08-11-21

In this unit, you may be allowed to re-attempt one failed assessment task to demonstrate your achievement of one or more of the unit’s learning outcomes. A re-attempt will only be considered if you have demonstrated a reasonable attempt to complete the assessment task.

If the Unit Lead/Coordinator allows you to re-attempt an assessment task, you must resubmit your revised work within seven (7) consecutive days of being notified about the re-attempt opportunity. A re-attempted assessment will receive a mark no greater than the minimum pass mark allowable for the original assessment task.

Unit Profile Correction added on 27-09-21

Incorrect marking criteria were included in the referencing section of the rubric for Assessment 2. The correct rubric for this assessment can be found on the Moodle page under the assessments tile. Please get in touch with your unit coordinator if you require more information.


General Information

Overview

In this unit you will have the opportunity to explore clinical governance, its application to nursing and the health care setting. You will apply a specific governance framework to your clinical setting and evaluate its effectiveness. You will also examine the use of clinical audits as part of a quality improvement cycle as a means for measuring clinical effectiveness and improving patient care.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing or CL16 Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing to undertake this unit.

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 - 2021

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

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

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Presentation
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 Discussion with students when visiting partnering hospital health services.

Feedback

Students enjoyed the assessment items - presentation in the workplace

Recommendation

Maintain assessment item.

Feedback from Discussion with students when visiting partnering hospital health services after presentation of audit findings.

Feedback

Students stated that they learnt about auditing and nursing governance by actually doing an audit in the workplace and then entering findings in the quality register.

Recommendation

Maintain assessment format.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the concept of clinical governance and justify its relevance to the clinical setting and nursing practice
  2. Apply a framework derived from the National Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to evaluate clinical governance in a clinical setting
  3. Evaluate a clinical governance infrastructure within a health service
  4. Explain the use of clinical audits as part of a quality improvement cycle to improve nursing practice and patient care
  5. Identify deviations from best practice and discuss areas for improvement.

NA

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 - Presentation - 0%
2 - Presentation - 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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation - 0%
2 - Presentation - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

N/A

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Library
  • CQUniversity library literature search tools
  • Endnote bibliographic software. This is optional for formatting references.
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Colleen Johnston-Devin Unit Coordinator
c.johnston-devin@cqu.edu.au
Julie Shaw Unit Coordinator
j.m.shaw@cqu.edu.au
Adele Baldwin Unit Coordinator
a.baldwin@cqu.edu.au
Pauline Calleja Unit Coordinator
p.calleja@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Welcome to the Unit and Moodle Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Welcome to the Unit

Self-directed Learning

Moodle site

Student Support

Something about the Unit

Chapter

Check out the Moodle site and click on all the links.

Assessment?

How do I find the Library?

What is the Academic Learning Centre?

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion page and introduce yourself to your colleaguesby providing your name:

1. Name

2. Where you work

3. What you hope to get out of the unit

Module 1 - Week 2 - defining clinical governance Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Defining Clinical Governance

  • Components
  • Relevant principles    

Application to nursing

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity General Discussion - Describe one of your past experiences in clinical governance.

Talk with your NUM or Educator about quality, safety and governance.

Module 2 - Week 3 - Evaluation and Clinical Governance Frameworks Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)

  • Broad and specific areas within the ACSQHC

Quality nursing care

  • Working with specific Observation and Response Charts (ORCs)

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion. What are your thoughts on the ACSQHC?

Module 2 - Week 4 - Evaluation and Clinical Governance Frameworks Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Framework definitions and uses

  • conceptual framework/s,
  • conceptual model/s and
  • models of care

Evaluation of service using a governance framework

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion. Identify and justify what you think is the best model of care. Why do you believe so?

Discuss with your NUM and select the audit you will undertake at your place of work

Module 3 - Week 5 - Clinical Governance Infrastructure across Clinical Settings Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Clinical governance infrastructure

Brief analysis of the governance of the Australian Health Care System

National Priorities for safety and quality

Current issues within health services

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion. What national priorities have you addressed in your nursing careers,

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Module 3 - Week 6 - Clinical Governance Infrastructure across Clinical Settings Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Australian Health Care System and funding

Detailed components of clinical governance infrastructure

Application of clinical governance principles to current issues

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion. Explain the benefits of the Australian Health System.

Undertake your selected Clinical Audit

Module 4 - Week 7 -- The quality improvemnt cycle Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Background to the development of the quality improvement cycle

Quality improvement

Aims and goals of quality improvement

Principles of the quality improvement cycle

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle



Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion justify participating in a quality cycle.

Module 4 - Week 8 - The quality improvement cycle Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Quality improvement

  • Clinical applications
  • Clinician developed quality projects

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion and identify a Quality Improvement project you would like to complete.

Analyse your audit


Module 5 - Week 9 - Clinical audits in practice Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Background to clinical audits

Clinical auditing principles

Clinical audits and auditing

  • Preparation and collection of data, analysis, bench-marking and feedback
  • Eleven step process to guide clinical auditing

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Due date Assessment 1: 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 15th September (Week 9) for all students


Assessment 1: Audit Plan Due: Week 9 Wednesday (15 Sept 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Module 5 - Week 10 - clinical audits in practice Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Specific auditing based on the national framework

Audit practices

Doing a clinical audit

The National Inpatient Medication Chart

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion

Module 6 - Week 11 - Identification of deviation from best practice and the improvement of patient care Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Concepts relating to deviations from best practice and improvement in care

Tools for learning from deviation

Terminology and associated knowledge

Samples from clinical practice

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Weekly - date and time TBA

Activity – Access the General Discussion

Due Date Assessment 2 (for those students not in a partnered Graduate Program): Friday 1st October 2021 (Week 11)

Due Date: Assessment 2 (for those students in a partnered graduate program): This date will be negotiated at your local health service.

Module 6 - Week 12 - Identification of deviation from best practice and the improvement of patient care Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Deviations from best practice and improvements in care

Tools for analysis of deviations to improve care

Open disclosure principles

The clinician as second victim

Chapter

Readings and activities in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom - Monday 7pm

Activity – Access the General Discussion

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

No exam    

Chapter

No exam    

Events and Submissions/Topic

No exam


Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

no exam

Chapter

no exam

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Assessment 1: Audit Plan

Task Description

Type: Presentation 

Due date: 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 15th September (Week 9) for all students

Weighting: PASS/FAIL

Length: 1000 words

Unit Coordinator: Dr Colleen Johnston-Devin

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  1. Explain the concept of clinical governance and justify its relevance to the clinical setting and nursing practice.
  2. Apply a framework derived from the National Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to evaluate clinical governance in a clinical setting.
  3. Evaluate a clinical governance infrastructure within a health service.
Aim

The aim of this assessment is for you to demonstrate an understanding of clinical governance in the workplace by producing an audit plan that includes an explanation of clinical governance. The plan will include an overview of clinical governance, how your health service addresses clinical governance, the role of nurse audit in clinical governance, the background of the nurse practice area that you have chosen to audit, the relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard (NSQHSS), and the steps you have taken to initiate your audit in your workplace. Assessment One provides the basis for Assessment Two.

Instructions

Please follow the steps below to complete your assessment task:

Step 1.  Provide an overview of clinical governance in healthcare organisations

Your overview will be informed by current literature to provide a description and explanation of clinical governance including how clinical governance impacts clinical risk and influences safety and quality in nursing practice. Your overview needs to include how your organisation addresses clinical governance including risk and nurse audit.

Step 2. Choose a nursing practice for audit and select the relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard (NSQHSS) needed to undertake the audit.

You will need to discuss your choice with your unit nursing leaders i.e., Nurse Unit Manager, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse Educator, Service/Clinic Manager. They may be able to suggest nursing practices in your clinical area that require review by audit. After deciding what nursing practice you will audit, select the relevant National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2017) in which this nursing practice sits. The standards are listed below.

§ Clinical Governance Standard

§ Partnering with Consumers Standard

§ Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard

§ Medication Safety Standard

§ Comprehensive Care Standard

§ Communicating for Safety Standard

§ Blood Management Standard

§ Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard.

Step 3. Select the relevant audit:

Work with your unit nursing leaders to decide on the most relevant audit that measures compliance of the identified nursing practice with the selected Standard.

Step 4. Describe the background of the identified nursing practice that is to be audited. To do this you will need to research current literature and your local health service policies and procedures. This background should also include the clinical risks associated with the identified nursing practice.

Literature and references

In this assessment use at least 5 contemporary references (<5 years) to substantiate your information. You may also use seminal scholarly literature where relevant. Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as from government, university, or peak national bodies: for example, the Australian College of Nursing.

Requirements

1. Include an introduction, body and conclusion

2. Use a conventional and legible size 12 font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, with 2.0 line spacing and 2.54cm page margins (standard pre-set margin in Microsoft Word).

3. Include page numbers on each page in a footer.

4. You should write in the third person.

5. Use formal academic language.

6. The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. The word count excludes the reference list but includes in-text references and direct quotations.

7. Use the seventh edition American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online APA Referencing Style Guide.

Resources

8. National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

9. You can use unit provided materials and other credible sources (e.g. journal articles, books) to reference your argument. The quality and credibility of your sources are important.

10. We recommend that you access your discipline specific Nursing Resource Guide

11. For information on academic communication please go to the Academic Learning Centre Moodle site. The Academic Communication section has many helpful resources including information for students with English as a second language. There are also Oral Presentation resources.

12. For information on using PowerPoint please go to the Academic Learning Centre Computing section - How to use PowerPoint.

13. Submit a draft before the due date to review your Turnitin Similarity Score before making a final submission. Instructions are available here.

Submission

Submit your saved Word assessment document via the Assessment portal in the unit Moodle site.

Marking Criteria

Refer to the marking rubric below for more detail on how marks will be assigned.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Wednesday (15 Sept 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Online


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Wednesday (29 Sept 2021)

Online


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
PASS

Assessment Criteria

To achieve a pass in this assessment students must be successful in at least 2 of the 3 major criteria.

To be successful in each of the major criteria students must be successful in one half of the given minor criteria i.e. 3/6; 4/8

PASS FAIL
STRUCTURE & PRESENTATION PRESENTATION
  • the plan is logically structured and coherent.
  • the plan adheres to presentation requirements with no more than three errors
  • there are no more than three different spelling errors.
  • there are no more than 3 different grammatical and 3 different punctuation errors.
  • the plan is not logically structured nor coherent.
  • the plan does not adhere to presentation requirements and has more than three errors.
  • there are more than three different spelling errors.
  • there are more than 3 different grammatical and 3 different punctuation errors.
CONTENT CONTENT
  • provides an overview of clinical governance
  • explains the processes and systems in place to identify clinical risk in student’s health service
  • justifies the use of audit in addressing risk in the student’s health service
  • justifies the selection of the nursing practice to be audited
  • explains the clinical risks associated with the nursing practice to be audited
  • justifies the selection of the relevant NSQHSS
  • provides relevant rationale/s for auditing the selected nursing practice
  • identifies the steps taken to initiate the audit
  • an overview of clinical governance is not provided, or is incorrect
  • the processes and systems in place to identify clinical risk in the student’s health service are not explained clearly
  • the use of audit in addressing risk in the student’s health service is not justified
  • the selection of the nursing practice to be audited is not justified
  • the associated clinical risks of the nursing practice to be audited are not explained
  • the selection of the relevant NSQHSS is not justified
  • a rationale for auditing the selected nursing practice is not provided or is irrelevant or inaccurate
  • the steps taken to initiate the audit are not identified
REFERENCING REFERENCING
  • the presentation is substantiated with peer reviewed literature using the APA 7th referencing style (current CQUniversity abridged edition)
  • the literature cited is current i.e., published in the last 10 years.
  • there are less than three different errors with in-text APA7 referencing.
  • there are less than three different errors in the APA7 reference list.
  • presentation is not substantiated with peer reviewed literature using the APA 7th referencing style (current CQUniversity abridged edition)
  • the literature cited is not current i.e., published in the last 10 years.
  • there are three or more errors with in-text APA7 referencing.
  • there are three or more errors with the APA7 reference list.
ALLOCATED GRADE – PASS / FAIL                                                                         MARKER


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the concept of clinical governance and justify its relevance to the clinical setting and nursing practice
  • Apply a framework derived from the National Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to evaluate clinical governance in a clinical setting
  • Evaluate a clinical governance infrastructure within a health service


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Assessment 2: Clinical Audit Report

Task Description

Students undertaking this assessment will be either in:

i) A Partnered Graduate Program

ii) NOT in a Partnered Graduate Program

Type: Presentation

Due date:

i) This date will be negotiated at your local health service

ii) Submit by 5pm Friday 1st October 2021 (Week 11)

Weighting: PASS/FAIL

Length: 5-minute oral presentation using 1 PowerPoint slide only

Unit Coordinator: Dr Colleen Johnston-Devin

Learning Outcome Assessed

4. Explain the use of clinical audits as part of a quality improvement cycle to improve nursing practice and patient care.

5. Identify deviations from best practice and discuss areas for improvement.

Aim

The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate your understanding of clinical audit, and the associated quality standards, as part of the quality improvement cycle. You will identify deviations from best nursing practice in your clinical area, justify an audit of a selected nursing practice and explain what you did with the audit findings.

Instructions

This assessment is to be undertaken in the clinical setting at your local health service. This presentation builds on Assessment One. Based on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard (NSQHSS) selected in Assessment One, and in collaboration with your local nursing team, undertake a clinical audit and present your findings at your local Hospital and Health Service. You are not required to repeat information from Assessment One, unless brief detail is required to give context to your presentation. You are to present the audit cycle: the steps that were undertaken to do the actual audit; the findings; and what was done about the findings.

Please follow the steps below to complete your assessment task:

Step 1. Collaborate with your manager at the HHS to:

a. choose an area to audit from the selected NSQHSS in Assessment 1

b. determine the sample size.

Step 2. Work with your unit’s nursing leader to decide on the tools for data collection and timeframe.

Step 3. Ensure you have the NSQHSS selected in Assessment 1 for comparison or benchmarking to achieve compliance.

Step 4. Report on the audit through a five-minute oral presentation at your local HHS if you are in a partnered program, or by recording yourself and submitting through Moodle.

a. Provide one PowerPoint with a summary of the audit - data collection, findings and recommendations

b. Only ONE slide is to be used

Literature and references

In this assessment use at least 5 contemporary references (<5 years) to support your discussion. You may also use seminal scholarly literature where relevant. Suitable references include peer-reviewed journal articles as well as textbooks and credible websites. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as from government, university, or peak national bodies: for example, the Australian College of Nursing.

Requirements

1. Use a conventional legible font.

2. Use the seventh edition American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online APA Referencing Style Guide.

Resources

3. National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

4. You can use unit provided materials and other credible sources (e.g. journal articles, books) to reference your argument. The quality and credibility of your sources are important.

5. We recommend that you access your discipline specific Nursing Resource Guide

6. For information on academic communication please go to the Academic Learning Centre Moodle site. The Academic Communication section has many helpful resources including information for students with English as a second language. There are also Oral Presentation resources.

7. For information on using PowerPoint please go to the Academic Learning Centre Computing section – How to use PowerPoint.

8. Submit a draft before the due date to review your Turnitin Similarity Score before making a final submission. Instructions are available here.

Submission

Submission will only apply to those students who are not in a partnered graduate program (ii).

i) Students will present their audit as organised by their partnered Graduate Program Coordinator

ii) Students will submit a five-minute recording of their presentation via the Assessment Portal of the unit Moodle site.


Marking Criteria

Refer to the marking rubric below for more detail on how marks will be assigned.


Assessment Due Date

Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (1 Oct 2021)

Online


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Minimum mark or grade
PASS

Assessment Criteria

Student name: ______________________________

To achieve a pass in this assessment students must be successful in at least 2 of the 4 major criteria.

To be successful in each of the major criteria students must be successful in one half of the given minor criteria i.e., 2/4; 3/6

PASS FAIL
SLIDE PRESENTATION SLIDE PRESENTATION
  • the slide is aesthetically pleasing and holds the viewer’s attention
  • slide is well balanced
  • figures, photos, and writing are well balanced in the slide
  • font size and type enhance the readability of the slide
  • the slide is not aesthetically pleasing and does not hold the viewer’s attention
  • slide is not well balanced
  • figures, photos, and writing are not well balanced in the slide
  • font size and font does not enhance the readability of the slide
CONTENT (PowerPoint and oral presentation) CONTENT (PowerPoint and oral presentation)
  • provides clear purpose and subject of presentation
  • identifies type of audit and audit tools
  • outlines audit process including working with local team & timeframe
  • provides pertinent examples, facts, and/or statistics
  • explains the selected National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard for comparison
  • reports findings clearly
  • reports recommendations that are relevant and practicable
  • demonstrates knowledge by answering all questions with explanations and elaboration
  • does not provide clear purpose or subject of presentation
  • does not identify type of audit and audit tools
  • does not outline audit process including working with local team & timeframe
  • does not provide pertinent examples, facts, and/or statistics
  • does not explain the selected National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard for comparison
  • does not report findings/findings are unclear or not relevant
  • does not report recommendations or recommendations are not practicable or relevant
  • demonstrates lack of knowledge by not answering all questions with explanations and elaboration
REFERENCING REFERENCING
  • presentation is substantiated with peer reviewed literature using the American Psychological Association 7th edn (APA7 referencing style)
  • the literature cited is current i.e., published in the last 10 years
  • there are less than three different errors with in-text APA7 referencing
  • there are less than three different errors in the APA7 reference list
  • the presentation is substantiated with peer reviewed literature using the American Psychological Association 7th edn (APA7) referencing style
  • the literature cited is current i.e., published in the last 10 years
  • there are less than three different errors with in-text APA7 referencing
  • there are less than three different errors in the APA7 reference list


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students in a partnered graduate program present at area health service; others submit Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the use of clinical audits as part of a quality improvement cycle to improve nursing practice and patient care
  • Identify deviations from best practice and discuss areas for improvement.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?