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NURS20169 Nursing and Clinical Governance
Nursing and Clinical Governance
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General Information


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.


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 1 - 2023


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. Workplace Project
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.


Students enjoyed the assessment items - presentation in the workplace


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


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.


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


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Workplace Project - 0%
2 - Presentation - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
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)
  • Academic Learning Centre services
  • Access to MIMS through the university library
  • CQUniversity library literature search tools
  • CQ university Library resourses for research
  • Wordprocessing, spreadsheeting and powerpoint software
  • Zoom account (Free)
  • Zoom app on your smart phone or access to Zoom on your laptop
  • CQUniversity Library Nursing Resources
  • Zoom (both microphone and webcam capability)
  • Endnote bibliographic software. This is recommended for formatting references.
Academic Integrity Statement

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