NURS11165 - The Profession of Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The 21st-century nursing profession is a product of historical and contemporary, socio-political and cultural influences. You will explore these while considering legal and ethical frameworks, the role of professional governing bodies and governance while beginning to investigate the profession of nursing. You will explore the personal skills, inherent requirements and attributes required in the profession and consider what your personal journey towards becoming a registered nurse will require.


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


Must be enrolled in CL91 Bachelor of Nursing or CG41 Start Uni Now

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 3 - 2022

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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 20%
2. Case Study 40%
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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.87% 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 Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Written assessment for the reflective essay had been confusing and inconsistent with the marking rubric. Some students also found it difficult to understand the instructions of the assessment.
Review the instruction of the reflective essay with the aim of simplifying the activity. Review the assessment marking rubric is recommended to ensure that this maps to the instructions provided to students.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Online quizzes. Word count within the short answer questions was a stressor for students.
Consider removing the word count in any short answer question within online quizzes. A review of the time limits set on the quiz to ensure students can still meaningfully address the short answer question is also recommended.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Returning of one assessment to students before the next written piece is due.
Future assessment due dates will be set in accordance with the Assessment Policy and Procedure.
Action Taken
Source: Staff and student feedback
The implementation of SugarCRM during the teaching term had been an effective communication platform for the unit coordinators as well as the students.
Continue utilising SugarCRM for future delivery of the Unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
Guest speakers invited to share their experiences on some of the weekly topics have been found to be "inspiring" and "engaging" by the students. Feedback from students showed that guest speakers were "an excellent resource to gain knowledge from."
Continue to engage with guest speakers for the appropriate topics of NURS11165.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss historical and contemporary factors that influence the image, status and nature of nursing practice
  2. Explore the role of professional governing bodies in relation to professional nursing practice, patient safety and governance
  3. Explore the four major bioethical principles and how they are applied in health care
  4. Construct your own nursing philosophy as a basis for your professional portfolio.

Content in this unit incorporates a number of professional nursing requirements

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice

Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Maintains the capability for practice

Comprehensively conducts assessments

Develops a plan for nursing practice

Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Code of Conduct

Legal compliance

Person-centred practice

Cultural practice and respectful relationships

Professional behaviour

Research in health

Health and wellbeing

International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics for Nurses

Nurses and People

Nurses and Practice

Nurses and the Profession

Nurses and Co-workers

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Clinical governance

Partnering with consumers

Communicating for safety

Patient Safety Competency Framework

Person-centred care

Therapeutic communication

Cultural competence

Teamwork and collaborative practice

Evidence-based practice

Preventing, minimising and responding to adverse events

Aged Care Quality Standards

Consumer dignity and choice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Case Study
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
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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