NURS11159 - Introduction to Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to what it means to be a nurse in contemporary health care practice and facilitates the development of beginning insights into the profession and discipline of nursing. You will explore the diversity of nursing by considering the historical and contemporary contexts of care and how culture, politics and practice have shaped the profession. The unit also introduces the legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks that underpin a career in the nursing profession and considers the knowledge, skills, and attributes that are required for professional practice as a registered nurse including the skills of critical self-reflection.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CQ23 or CG41.

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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Residential School No Residential School

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 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50.88% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students felt that the ALC lectures should be recorded.
Recommendation
ALC is an integral component of the curriculum. Tutorials are live to enable student engagement. A request has been made for ALC to record lectures for term 2. All ALC lecture powerpoints are available for student access through NURS11159 and ALC moodle site. Unit coordinators need to continue to emphasise the importance of this learning for academic success.
Action Taken
ALC is indeed an integral component of the curriculum. Three exclusive ALC sessions were conducted in week 5, 6 and 9, which were all before assessment week to allow enough time to prepare students for assessments. All ALC lectures were via zoom, due to COVID-19 restrictions. ALC sessions matched the same schedule of the weekly online tutorials to maintain consistency and were recorded and uploaded in Moodle for students to be able to access and revisit. Students had a further chance to book in one- on- one zoom if additional support was required. ALC sessions embedded in NURS11159 made sure they equally and appropriately catered different groups of the learners like fresh school leavers, entering university after a gap in studies and other learners impacted by COVID-19 and associated stressors.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students would like more consistency in the feedback they receive from the markers.
Recommendation
Unit coordinators will develop a comprehensive and clear marking rubric to guide markers. A set of Feedback Studio Quick Mark comments will also be provided to markers to increase consistency in feedback.
Action Taken
Comprehensive and clear rubrics were used to guide the markers. Moderation meeting was carried out, and the expectations were clearly communicated. Feedback studio (quick marks) comments were distributed as a part of moderation and follow up process. Still, if inconsistencies were noted, the markers were asked to provide extensive feedback, as it was as a clear expectation mentioned in the moderation meeting. New markers were provided online training, and their first paper was marked in the presence of the lead coordinator in a shared Zoom screen, to support a clear and shared understanding of the requirements.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Rockhampton students expressed that the teaching space influenced the student experience, especially for larger groups sizes.
Recommendation
Enrolment numbers for Rockhampton reviewed prior to timetabling.
Action Taken
Teaching space was not an issue in term 1, 2020. COVID-19 and associated social distancing has made online the desired teaching platform. The lecturers were instructed to keep in line with the online professional presentation policies and etiquette in the early days of transitioning to teach entirely online, which was consistently followed.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students commented that the large images which were available on the term on LMS were cumbersome.
Recommendation
The moodle site for this unit has undergone significant redesign since term1 to enhance the student experience. As well as changing the images the following changes have been made to term 2 NURS11159 moodle site: 1. Visually more appealing and with a cleaner approach to foster a positive attitude to study and streamline resources available to students. 2. A table containing all zoom links for each tutorial to improve efficiency around finding the link. 3. Weekly content revised and reduced to eliminate repetition. 4. Weekly reading resources categorised into "essential" reading and "supplemental" reading. This is to improve the student experience and reduce the feeling of being "overwhelmed" by 10-20 resources each week. 5. Weekly tabs identifying the week's content.
Action Taken
The Moodle site for this unit has undergone a significant redesign since term 2 2019, to enhance the student experience. The following changes have been made to term 1 2020 NURS11159 Moodle site: 1. Visually more appealing and with a cleaner approach to foster a positive attitude to study and streamline resources available to students. 2. The pictures used in the Moodle site were of Lower resolution, which assisted in faster loading and compatibility with multiple electronic devices including laptop, mobile phones, and tablets. 3. Minimal colours were utilised in the Moodle page, which was in line with the CQUniversity corporate colours to maintain professionalism and consistency. 4. Weekly content was revised and reduced to eliminate repetition and to it in the contents and to align to the f 12.5 hours of study per week (150 hours for the whole unit). 5. Weekly reading resources categorised into "essential" reading and "supplemental" reading, which is to improve the student experience and reduce the feeling of being "overwhelmed" by the amount of reading resources each week. 6. Weekly tabs containing each week's content only was used, an exclusive discussion forum to discuss weekly contents under each week assisted students to concentrate and keep track of the week by week learning approach.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the impact of historical, cultural and political factors on contemporary health care practice
  2. Identify the legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks that frame the discipline of nursing
  3. Discuss the professional knowledge skills and attributes associated with the profession of nursing
  4. Demonstrate the skills of critical self-reflection.

The Learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment