NURS12158 - Clinical Nursing Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to concepts and knowledge required to effectively care for patients experiencing complex alterations in health. You will critically consider the care provided to patients, including strategies to assist individuals and significant others when dealing with health crises. In addition, effective communication and collaboration in a complex situation is paramount. Appropriate provision of care including assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe nursing care in various complex health care situations will be adopted in this unit. You will be expected to function within the scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice during the compulsory three (3) day residential school or timetabled internal nursing laboratory sessions and 160 hour clinical placement consisting of 80 hours of complex care and 80 hours of mental health setting.


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


NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing


NURS12156 Clinical Nursing Practice 2 or NURS11156 Acute Nursing Management

NURS12154 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice or NURS12151 Pharmacology for Nurses

NURS12155 Medical-Surgical Nursing

BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

NURS11158 Evidence Informed Nursing Practice or NHLT12001 Evidence Informed Practice

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 - 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. Practical and Written Assessment 0%
2. Written Assessment 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Portfolio 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 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.87% 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: Unit evaluation report
Feedback from students: "This unit was well organised and presented very well." "This has been a great unit. Felt comfortable to be able to ask any questions." "Feeling supported by the lecturers as an individual rather than a number." "I have been impressed with all teaching staff involved in CNP3 throughout the semester. They have been supportive and understanding regarding personal circumstances."
Open, clear, structured communication methods continue to be employed for future iterations of the unit.
Action Taken
Clear, open communication was maintained via Moodle forums and emails. During clinical placement communication with Unit coordinator was maintained with student and health facilities via week emails and phone calls.
Source: Unit evaluation report
Feedback from students: "The course was extremely top heavy. I worked day and night for 11 days straight to finish all the content and assignments in time for res school." "2 weeks access to complete all the content before res school in the first week was just not enough time." "The heaviness to get everything done before residential school was hard" "I rushed to complete the learnings on Moodle prior to attending res school" "I felt there was a lot of content to go through in a short period of time that we were expected to complete prior to the commencement of res school."
Students should have at least the first two weeks of term to engage with the prescribed material before they are allocated to attend on-campus learning sessions.
Action Taken
Prescribed pre-brief material via Moodle was deemed mandatory this term. Students were unable to attend residential school until preparation had been undertaken. This facilitated increase student knowledge and skill to be able to engage in the immersive simulation scenario during residential school.
Source: Student Feedback
Having the ability to conduct the Res school online. I really think this is a great way forward when it comes to those students that live outside of QLD. I feel like i had a huge amount of support from the staff and if I had any questions they were able to answer them. I recommend res school for students who are conducting Clinical placements 3/4/5 it's a great way to learn.
Consider the option of online clinical simulation residential school in the future BN Programs.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
The online res school components were very condensed and rushed. There were not opportunities for all students to demonstrate or practice during role-plays.
Increase opportunity for practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Incorporate cultural sensitivity and advanced communication skills to communicate and collaborate effectively with consumers, families, carers and members of the multidisciplinary care team.
  2. Connect principles from the nursing process to deliver evidenced based, person centred nursing care to support consumers, families and carers experiencing complex alterations in health.
  3. Apply principles of patient safety and quality to deliver person centred care to consumers, families and carers experiencing complex alterations in health.
  4. Function within legal and ethical frameworks and scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NBMA) registered nurse standards for practice in the complex care setting.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and 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 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Portfolio
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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Portfolio