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 SCA 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 - 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. 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.19% 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: MyExperience Feedback Pilot
Feedback
I love the layout of the Moodle site, it makes it very easy to navigate between weeks.
Recommendation
Continue to use Tiles format for unit content which clearly structures the unit for students.
Action Taken
Continue to use Tiles format as per University policy.
Source: MyExperience Feedback Pilot
Feedback
Relevant and able to use in assessments and in my workplace to assist with transitioning
Recommendation
Align assessments with clinically relevant content with particular reference to transitioning , reality shock and resilience
Action Taken
This is the last time that this unit is being run. We will make a recommendation to the new curriculum sister unit to incorporate workforce based phenomena such as reality shock into new assessments.
Source: Forum discussions from students
Feedback
Weekly unit schedule needs to be realigned to allow content to be delivered prior to the due date for assessment two.
Recommendation
Change proposal submitted to realign unit content schedule. Ensure all content relevant to assessment two is delivered prior to due date of assessment.
Action Taken
N/A. Unit is now retired as old CQ23 curriculum.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Engaged teachers, lots of content to view and spark personal research and critical thinking. Biggest positive for me is the new way of thinking - emotional intelligence, coping, resilience. I feel stronger.
Recommendation
Continue to provoke discussion with students around transitioning through the use of guest speakers, story telling, real life experiences and assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Feedback noted from students. Continue to provide flexible and engaging methods for tutorials and lectures.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Information was heavily QLD based. Though CQU is in QLD, there are a lot of students not in QLD. More information needs to be given about the other states and terriotries in Australia. As the first few weeks were QLD based, made me switch off and hard to engage in the subject going forward.
Recommendation
Undertake a review of all content and ensure a national lens to learning and content. Consider reaching out to guest speakers from different states/territories.
Action Taken
Considered in new Curriculum.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Too much referencing needed for 2000 word assessment. I felt like I needed a reference for every sentence not leaving any room for discussion.
Recommendation
To allow for discussion and critical thinking, rework marking criteria for assessment three and adjust HD reference expectation to 15-20 references.
Action Taken
N/A. Unit has now been retired as old CQ23 curriculum
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The content provided was not dry! I found the resources actually great to immerse in - I even printed some to go over in more details when i have some extra time. I felt like i could engage with the units content easily. Lectures and other recordings were not too lengthy meaning i could keep up with them and didnt get bored!! I also really liked how the coordinators have tied 'real-life' people into the teachings - NUMS, reps from the grad programs
Recommendation
Continue to use guest lectures in future units
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
This unit was helpful in preparing me for what was required to register and apply for graduate positions. I really value the in depth research I did around transition shock, thanks to assessment 3. Assessment 3 very much supported my learning, though I do not have my results yet, and my unusually low grade for assessment 2 has rocked my confidence in knowing whether I have answered the brief adequately.
Recommendation
Continue to use relevant topics for assessment, and ensure psychological safety for students by providing ongoing support and checking in
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Nursing as a Profession is a hands-on job, talking to people, assessing a patient, educating and assisting with holistic care not how good your knowledge of essay writing is. Very disappointing especially when you are a very mature aged student/nurse.
Recommendation
The new curriculum has addressed this point.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
As a Victorian student, I really got next to nothing from this unit. Everything was themed towards Queensland Students applying for their grad years and therefore I did not engage much beyond week 4. There was literally no support for interstate students, and we were left to find our own way. When we asked for help we were told lecturers were not familiar with the Victorian processes. Victorian applications for grad years had already been submitted by the commencement of this unit. While I'm sure this unit was very helpful for Queensland students, other states were left on their own which is highly disappointing.
Recommendation
This is the first time feedback with these concerns has been given and we will ensure future units will be better aligned to the Australian nursing perspective as opposed to QLD
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 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment