NURS11166 - Health and Assessment in Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Throughout this unit, you will acquire fundamental knowledge and skills to provide basic nursing care at at beginning level. In particular, you will be able to conduct a holistic assessment and assist a person with their activities of daily living in the simulated environment. You will be introduced to the significance of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016) and other policies, codes, and guidelines relevant to professional nursing practice. You will explore the importance of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (2017) to all nursing practice in Australia and commence using the Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF) (Levett-Jones et al., 2017) in your practice as a nursing student. You will become familiar with scope of practice using the decision-making framework (DMF) (NMBA, 2020). You are required to participate in compulsory on-campus workshops or a residential school for this unit.


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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. In-class Test(s) 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 0%

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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 95.29% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.68% 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: Have Your Say
I thoroughly enjoyed this unit and really wished there was more opportunity to learn face to face with experienced UC like Sandy, Jo and Tracey. The UC's were such a delightful team, learning from them felt easy as they provided a safe learning space that wasn't scary or intimidating. I felt comfortable asking questions and really enjoyed learning from each UC as they brought individual knowledge and clinical expertise from their chosen fields. I always felt well supported, online and during residential school. I am grateful to have spent this term with such kind, approachable and knowledgeable professionals.
We will continue to offer lectures and live zoom sessions to support the students
Action Taken
Lectures and chat sessions were offered weekly and the sessions were recorded and uploaded to Moodle.
Source: Have Your Say
The weekly zoom sessions were very helpful and the content was directly related to nursing practice which helped to understand it very well especially when it got to applying those things at residential school
We will link theory to practice with zoom session that link to the learning in the Clinical Learning pace
Action Taken
Continued to offer relevant content in the Clinical Learning space that allows students to link theory to practice.
Source: Have Your Say
the written assessment having more information about the task at hand
Moving forward, a more comprehensive explanation will be provided
Action Taken
This Unit no longer offers a written assessment. The assessment items are now a maths quiz and clinical skill assessed during the clinical learning sessions and an online quiz at the end of term.
Source: Have Your Say
I was unable to/didn't know how to view my feedbacks for my assessments for this unit.
Clearer instructions will be provided in future offerings
Action Taken
No longer applicable, please see above comment.
Source: SUTE
I just want to say I have loved this subject the most out of all 4 for this term. I really enjoyed myself at residential school in Brisbane with Tracey. She was so knowledgeable and professional yet still easy to approach when needing help and gave appropriate knowledge for our level.
We will continue to offer relevant information at residential schools
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
I really enjoyed this subject and the real world approach of all the lecturers both in week to week classes and at residential school. Big thanks to Sandy, Lucinda, Tracey Bell, Tracey Sims and Nakia for being so sharing of your knowledge and time. If
The teaching team will continue to be approachable and available for students
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
If possible, please include the information that how to complete the checks for placement in the practical unit for the entire class. As some of the documents are difficult to complete and need help. If the tutor will provide the information in the class, then it would really be helpful, especially for the international students, who struggle a lot till the deadline of the checks to complete it. One more request, please request the student help desk at the university they should guide and inform the students if they require the WIL team's help rather than saying that students can only contact the WIL team through email or call, which sometimes takes more time. Even though the WIL team is available in building 5.
Information about clinical placement requirements was discussed with students during the weekly chat sessions. Some students did comment that this information was not relevant to the content of the Unit
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
This has been by far the most well organised and implemented subject I have ever done. The academics have made all expectations very clear, I have enjoyed the layout of the weekly content and the extra readings. The residential school was extremely useful and the feedback was exceptional. I highly rate this subject and the teaching team. The weekly chats were also a wonderful alternative to tutorials and I would recommend this for other subjects to take on board.
The weekly sessions will continue to be available for students and recorded for those who cannot attend in person
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate and explain safe practice while assisting a person with their activities of daily living, using simulated modalities.
  2. Perform a holistic assessment of a person including the completion of appropriate documentation, using simulated modalities.
  3. Demonstrate the principles of the nursing process and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) decision-making framework (DMF) (2020), using simulated modalities.
  4. Apply the NMBA registered nurse standards for practice (2016) in the provision of evidence based nursing care, using simulated modalities.
  5. Recognise unsafe environments and implement strategies to ensure safety.

Content in this unit incorporates a number of professional nursing requirements

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia decision-making framework (DMF) - nursing

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 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 Nursing Code of Conduct

Legal compliance

Person-centred practice

Cultural practice and respectful relationships

Professional behaviour

Research in health

Health and wellbeing

International Council of Nursing Code of Ethics for Nursing

Nurses and People

Nurses and Practice

Nurses and the Profession

Nurses and co-workers

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Partnering with consumers

Preventing and Controlling healthcare-associated infection

Medication safety

Comprehensive care

Communicating for safety

Recognising and responding to acute deterioration

Patient Safety Competency Framework

Person-centred care

Therapeutic communication

Cultural competence

Teamwork and collaborative practice

Clinical reasoning

Evidence-based practice

Preventing, minimising and responding to adverse events

Infection prevention and control

Medication safety

Aged Care Quality Standards

Consumer dignity and choice

Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers

Personal care and clinical care

Services and supports for daily living

Organisation’s service environment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - In-class Test(s)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - 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
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