NURS11160 - Fundamentals of Clinical Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will have the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate foundation knowledge and underpinning nursing skills in the following practice areas: health assessment and risk screening, maintaining and enhancing skin integrity, alterations in activities of daily living, and patient education at a beginning level. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate communication skills necessary to build and maintain therapeutic and professional nursing relationships. In addition, knowledge and skills will be demonstrated in numeracy associated with nursing care and you will execute these skills in a simulated environment. You will be introduced to the significance of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice. You will also be introduced to specific National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards which all nurses are expected to adhere to when practicing in Australia. There is a compulsory residential school or alternatively, regular on-campus classes to attend for this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Noosa
Rockhampton
Townsville

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. Online Quiz(zes) 0%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. Practical Assessment 0%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.34% 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: Student feedback in evaluations
Feedback
The residential schools have been commented to be rushed at times with a lot of content to cover in three days. Additionally the assignment needs to be due after residential schools are complete.
Recommendation
The teaching manual has been revised to further support academic staff teaching into the clinical space which will hopefully enable time management to be improved. Whenever possible we will employ staff who have experience in this unit or in clinical teaching and we strongly advise staff teaching in this unit to stick to the teaching manual. Additionally we have moved the assignment due date back a little to allow for the residential schools to be completed before the written assessment is due.
Action Taken
The teaching manual continues to be updated and revised each term to ensure only essential skills are taught in the clinical learning spaces. The unit coordinators run teaching meetings prior to residential schools commencing to ensure that all staff are providing a consistent approach to teaching the skills in this unit. Additionally, we have continued with either making the assignment due after the completion of the residential schools or we have provided students in a late residential school with an extension for the written assignment. This provides equity to all students when completing the assignment as all students have access to attend at least some of the practical sessions in the clinical learning space that assists in completing the written assessment.
Source: Student feedback through moodle site; in person and in class.
Feedback
The study guide and clinical learning manual need to be able to be typed into.
Recommendation
Both the study guide and the clinical learning manual have been provided in a word document to allow students to type into the documents rather than being encouraged to print them.
Action Taken
Both the study guide and the clinical learning manual continue to be provided in a word document as well as a pdf to allow students the option of typing into an electronic version of the manuals.
Source: Student feedback in evaluations
Feedback
Students would like more consistency in feedback they receive from their written assignment from the ALC staff and from the markers.
Recommendation
Firstly, liase or meet with staff members from the ALC to ensure we have the same expectations of formal essay development. Ensure that all markers attend the moderation meeting and are aware of our expectations regarding assessment feedback. Marking online within grademark/feedback studio assists with the moderation process as the unit coordinators can go in and check on markers comments at any time so this will continue to be used.
Action Taken
Continue to work with markers prior to commencing marking and during the marking period to enhance the feedback given to students.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Assessment needed to be a little clearer and students would have liked more feedback.
Recommendation
All markers that assist with marking into this unit are required to attend a markers meeting prior to commencing marking. This meeting provides markers the information and instruction they need to enhance the quality of feedback given to students. Addtionally, from the beginning of this year the unit coordinators have allocated all markers into teams of markers. The unit coordinator's then manage a number of markers and ensure they go in and check the marker's comments as they move through their allocated marking in grademark. This process is intended to encourage more consistent, clear feedback so that students may see both where they have done well and also where they can improve in their academic writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Some students report difficulty with the long quiz – equivalent to an exam.
Recommendation
The numbers of students providing feedback about the difficulty in the length of the quiz is actually very low in number however all feedback is considered when revising the unit for upcoming terms of study. The online quiz is a total of two hours long and replaces an invigilated exam. When reviewing the results of the exam and the length of time students have taken to complete the quiz, the large majority of students perform well in the quiz and complete the quiz well within the time frame. This suggests that although a minority of students may prefer the quiz to be shorter the vast majority of students are achieving very good results in the quiz and will therefore continue to be delivered in this way.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and demonstrate nursing skills associated with health assessment and risk screening, and alterations in activities of daily living
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills in therapeutic and professional nursing relationships
  3. Discuss principles associated with patient education at a beginning level
  4. Demonstrate numeracy proficiency necessary for safe nursing practice
  5. Apply the Nursing Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice and National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards to nursing practice.

Yes, 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 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)