NURS11156 - Acute Nursing Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds on the knowledge, skills and dispositions from the foundational nursing units to explore the complexity of nursing care in acute settings. Students will apply an evidence based approach to assessing, planning, implementing and documenting nursing care for patients experiencing acute illness. Effective communication and collaboration with patients, families and other health care professionals will be emphasised as key to facilitating positive health outcomes. Students will be expected to function within the scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse (2006) during a compulsory clinical placement.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


NURS11154 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2 OR NURS11151 Beginning Nursing Practice AND BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

Co-requisite: NURS12151 Pharmacology for Nurses AND BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 50%
4. Practical Assessment 0%
5. Off-campus Activity 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explore the complexity of nursing care for patients in the acute care setting.
  2. Assess, plan, implement, evaluate and accurately document evidenced based nursing care for the client experiencing acute illness.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, families and other members of the multidisciplinary care team to facilitate positive health outcomes in the acute care setting.
  4. Function within the scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with ANMC competencies in the acute care setting

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Off-campus Activity
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
4 - Practical Assessment
5 - Off-campus Activity
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination