NURS13135 - The Professional Nurse

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will consolidate knowledge gained throughout the Bachelor of Nursing course and be introduced to concepts aimed at transitioning you to the registered nurse role. You will build on your critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills through the development of professional, legal and ethical knowledge to facilitate safe delivery of nursing care to individuals, families and communities. This unit will provide you with theoretical knowledge that will complement Clinical Nursing Practice 5.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

Students must have completed 120 credit points and

NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4 or NURS13126 Critical Care Nursing

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.18% 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 Survey
Feedback
I found this Unit very relevant to the next step in my nursing career. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the weekly Zoom Sessions due to work commitments. Thank you to my Lecturers for providing a very informative and interesting Unit.
Recommendation
We have worked to create a unit that assists in preparing students for their impending Graduate year and this feedback supports that this purpose is noticed. Zoom sessions were only during business hours in 2018 - the feedback of evening sessions in noted and will be considered for the 2019 offering. Please note the Zoom sessions were recorded and students had the ability to watch them at their convenience and then post any questions generated to the forum for reply.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions were recorded for the benefit of those not able to attend due to the live sessions.
Source: Student Survey
Feedback
Assignments were interesting. Plenty of learning materials. Assignment feedback was helpful. Good prep for professional nursing.
Recommendation
The assignments were all newly generated for the 2018 and focused explicitly on preparing students for the transition to Graduate RN and professional practice. This feedback has reinforced to the coordinating team that authentic assessment in this area is paramount for the unit.
Action Taken
New assessments based on case studies were generated for 2019 offering. Feedback indicated that the scenario information was reflective of situations students have encountered and was therefore considered authentic.
Source: Student Survey
Feedback
While I understand the volume of work that the lecturers have is enormous, I feel a little bit more time between receiving feedback and the due date of the following assessment would be highly beneficial.
Recommendation
Feedback was monitored to ensure it was directive and sufficient to allow the student improvement for the subsequent assessments as per item 4.30 Assessment policy - Feedback related to the assessment criteria may be provided individually or to a group. Feedback must also be sufficiently detailed to identify strengths and deficiencies, and suggest how performance can be improved without discouraging self-reliance in learning and assessment. Turn around time was in accordance with university policy 4.19 - Students must receive feedback on assessment tasks allowing time for students to benefit from the feedback and to receive academic support before the next assessment task must be submitted. Feedback was back to students with 14 days, however we will look at spacing the two written assessments further apart in 2019.
Action Taken
Due dates between assessments will be considered and liaison was undertaken with the third-year coordinator. Please note turn around time for assessments adhered to university policy. Having a large pool of markers required extensive moderation to ensure consistency and marking teams were formed to ensure the quality of feedback. The moderation process is conducted in accordance with the policy. A breakdown of overall marks were provided for each criteria.
Source: Student Survey
Feedback
I have struggled with the workload of having two double-weighted subjects with a six week placement toward the end of the term.
Recommendation
The Moodle weeks were open from week 1 and assessment were advised from week 1 primarily because students were out on large clinical placement all throughout the term. The strategy to open all learning for all weeks, as outlined to the students in the week 1 zoom, was so that student who had a late clinical placement could adjust their workload and time management assessments with a clear picture of all information and all assessment due dates. Quite a few students who had late placements (after week 6) actually had started looking at assessment earlier as evidence through the forum posts in preparation of being organised during their clinical placement obligations. We will consider the assessment breakdowns again in preparation of the 2019 offering.
Action Taken
Assessment information and guidance (via a recording and the discussion boards) was offered from week one to provide support and allow students to manage their clinical placement needs with their written assessments. Students continue to report that balancing clinical placements with completing assessments is challenging. Weekly zoom sessions were established for students to directly ask the coordinator questions however these were poorly attended.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
Having two very different assignments would be beneficial. One being a case study and then maybe one that answers interview questions. Or an assignment that would help us with graduate interviews. The quiz supports learning.
Recommendation
Review assessments and submission/return timelines. This feedback will be taken into consideration for the written assessments in 2020. Continue to include the quiz.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
Graduate interviews start in September so it would be useful to have the tips and information on graduate programs in a different place on Moodle.
Recommendation
Review the order of presentation of the modules on Moodle and move the relevant recruitment and graduate program information to appear at the top of the page.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
Unit coordinators were supportive and provided quick responses to forums and via email.
Recommendation
Continue to provide responsive support to the students via Moodle, email and phone calls.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
This is very important unit for developing awareness in nursing students to prepare them for graduation. The resources were helpful.
Recommendation
Continue to provide up-to-date, relevant and interesting content and resources to support student learning.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback Survey
Feedback
Zoom sessions were hard to attend because they were during the day and the time was set.
Recommendation
Continue to record zoom sessions and place on Moodle for students to view at their convenience. An early evening zoom to be included in the schedule.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the professional, legal and ethical governance and their application to the leadership role of the registered nurse.
  2. Critique conflict and change management strategies within organisational cultures and the impact this may have on nursing and members of the multidisciplinary team.
  3. Consider the transitional challenges and coping strategies required by the graduate registered nurse entering the workforce.
  4. Define the scope of practice and the delegation roles of the registered nurse and integrate these into nursing practice.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia competencies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment