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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite

NURS12157 Concepts of Mental Health Nursing

Pre-requisites

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

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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 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

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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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 48.43% 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 and staff feedback
Feedback
The clinical skills videos on the unit Moodle site be updated to more recent materials
Recommendation
All clinical skills videos on the unit Moodle will be reviewed and updated to contemporary clinical practices.
Action Taken
All clinical skills videos were reviewed and replaced as required.
Source: Self-reflection and broader feedback
Feedback
Student engagement with the unit content to promote learning and teaching
Recommendation
One reflective piece (either from the complex care or the mental health clinical placement) and end-of-term examination.
Action Taken
A 1500 word reflection was added to the unit, which negated other feedback from students saying they were overwhelmed by the existing two reflections. Students this year then ended up having to write three reflections. This will be addressed next year.
Source: Staff and student feedback
Feedback
Some students reported lack of preparation for the on-campus clinical learning sessions
Recommendation
Online quizzes required for on-campus clinical sessions attendance. Unit coordinators recommend on-campus sessions not be delivered earlier than the end of Week 3 of the term if practicable.
Action Taken
As well as not conducting the on-campus learning sessions earlier than the end of week 3, all students were emailed at least three days prior to attending on-campus learning sessions. This email advised them about the on-campus requirements.
Source: Student feedback, self-reflection and staff feedback
Feedback
Communication between the students, clinical facilities and the University
Recommendation
Clinical unit coordinators will make regular contact with the clinical facilitators and the students while on clinical placements to foster supportive learning experiences for students.
Action Taken
Every student was contacted once a week (email or phone) while on placement by the unit coordinator. When facilitator's details were available, facilitators were contacted on the first week of each student's placement by either phone or email. The current system whereby the unit coordinator must rely on the student to upload the facilitator contact details is flawed and requires revision. Students would upload incorrect/absent details on SONIA just so the form 'appeared' correct. Townsville Hospital did not want the unit coordinator contacting the individual facilitators, rather, just contact their clinical coaching team. This arrangement is not ideal, as the unit coordinator then has to rely on the clinical coach to deliver information to the individual facilitators.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students reported that the reflective writing promoted their learning experience and can be reduced to just one reflection despite two separate clinical placements
Recommendation
Unit coordinators recommend that reflective writing be reduced to one piece and students will be at liberty to choose either from the mental health or the complex care clinical placements.
Action Taken
I don't understand how this occurred, as I commenced in this role subsequent to the unit start date, but this unit went from two reflective pieces to three this year. We will be reducing the unit requirements to just one reflective piece next year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Inadequate support during clinical placement
Recommendation
Senior nurses who have experience/skills as clinical preceptors be allowed to work with students. Unit coordinators and clinical unit coordinators will continue to work with the industry partners to soften this issue. Students encouraged to contact unit coordinators if they experience feeling of inadequate clinical support.
Action Taken
As every student, and each facility, was contacted by the unit coordinator every week of their placement, we were able to identify and resolve issues early.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
What are the best aspects of your unit? Students enjoyed CNP3 on-campus learning experiences. In particular, many students praised the quality of the lecturers and felt supported. The hands-on experience in the labs prepared the students well for the clinical placements.
Recommendation
CQUniversity staff will continue to utilize best learning and teaching practices aimed at fostering and developing a supportive learning environment for all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
What aspects of your unit are most in need of improvement? A number of students commented on the on-campus clinical assessments, saying that they felt there was an inconsistency between the assessments (3 options) and that they did not enjoy playing the role of the patient in the assessments.
Recommendation
On-campus clinical assessments will be reviewed to ensure consistency and the role of the patient in future assessments will be played by simulated patients, not students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
What aspects of your unit are most in need of improvement? Students expressed dissatisfaction with the number of written assessments required to meet the course criteria.
Recommendation
The number of written reflections will be reviewed and reduced for future iterations of CNP3. This will be possible without the need for formal change requirements as the inclusion of 3 of the 4 existing written reflections have been superfluous to the unit assessment task requirements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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