NURS13136 - Clinical Nursing Practice 5

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this capstone unit, you will be required to consolidate, integrate and apply the foundational knowledge, concepts and skills learnt throughout your undergraduate studies in the Bachelor of Nursing. This final clinical unit is undertaken before entering the workforce. You will be required to complete 240 hours of clinical placement following participation in a compulsory three (3) day residential school. These learning experiences will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate your ability to practice safely at the level of novice Registered Nurse. You are expected to meet all requirements and expectations of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse policies, codes, guidelines and standards while demonstrating proficient skills in holistic nursing care, identifying and responding to patient deterioration and identifying risks within the workplace.

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

NURS11162 Inclusive Practice for Nursing or NHLT12002 Inclusive Practice

NURS13133 Clinical Nursing Practice 4 or (NURS13126 Critical Care Nursing and NURS12146 Person Centred Approach to Chronic Illness)

BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology

NURS13134 Community Nursing Perspectives or NURS13129 Mental Health and Mental Health Nursing

Co-requisite:

NURS13135 The Professional Nurse or NURS13120 Nursing Leadership and Management


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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Written Assessment 0%
4. Written Assessment 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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 14.46% 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: Students feedback.
Feedback
Too many weekly ZOOM tutorials to help students making up the required contact hours.
Recommendation
The recommendation is uncertain depending on the university's strategic plan for next year to determine if this unit will have physical residential schools. Consider the self-allocation method on Moodle utilised in weeks 11-13.
Action Taken
ZOOM sessions were cut down to reduce the stress on lecturers and students given the extra work that was required to source placements due to COVID. ZOOM sessions were held ad-hoc at student requests to answer questions. Microsoft teams were used for quicker responses that did not need ZOOM participation.
Source: Students and staff feedback.
Feedback
Many students do not have their clinical placement until later. This raises the question of whether residential school could be arranged in separate block sessions to accommodate for students commencing later placements.
Recommendation
Recommendation uncertain depending on the university's strategic plan for next year in determining if this unit will have physical residential schools. Consider alternate delivery modes to meet student requirements.
Action Taken
Unit coordinators have advised the possibility of arranging residential schools throughout the term. This would reduce the demands of the staff teaching in residential schools and allow students to review the Moodle content in a timely fashion.
Source: Student email
Feedback
ZOOM sessions were found to be very informative with students enjoying interacting with the unit coordinators and fellow students. Topics discussed were relevant to student nurses.
Recommendation
Recommendation is to keep weekly ZOOM sessions. However if residential is face to face they will not be mandatory and will only be held once a week.
Action Taken
Weekly ZOOMS were not required this year as face to face residential were held for a majority of students. Please refer to the comments in the first box.
Source: Student email
Feedback
Using First2Act was an excellent learning resource for identifying and managing a deteriorating patient adding to the education provided by the lecturers.
Recommendation
Recommendation to keep utilising this resource to further enhance education around the deteriorating patient which will assist in the overall clinical assessment of the unit.
Action Taken
First2Act was used again for students who undertook online residential school with positive responses. The UCs would highly recommend the use of this program in future units.
Source: Student email
Feedback
Moodle unit page was somewhat confusing to follow and links to classes and educational resources.
Recommendation
Recommendation is to change platform on Moodle to the new view to allow ease of navigating to required links.
Action Taken
The Moodle platform was changed as per university requirements to the new platform.
Source: Student email
Feedback
Staff support during clinical placement was exemplary particular when faced with challenges within the clinical field. The lecturers really listened to the students concerns and factored these in when making a final decision.
Recommendation
Recommendation to staff is to remain transparent and fair, considering all points and people before making decisions.
Action Taken
Staff were student-focussed throughout the term. The secret to a successful CNP5 is communication and transparency between unit coordinators. A lead coordinator for this unit needs to be a transformational leader. Students were included in all decisions that impacted them when appropriate. Some decisions were out of our hands for example COVID cancellations.
Source: Student and staff feedback
Feedback
Many complaints received regarding MedSafe around inaccuracy and ambiguous answers. The program quite often closed down during the assessment meaning the student had to start again.
Recommendation
The recommendation is not to utilise MedSafe in the future for this unit. The unit will either have a quiz on Moodle as an assessment a student can complete or a paper version that students can complete in class during residential.
Action Taken
MedSafe was not used. An online Moodle quiz was used with positive responses such as much easier to use, not as painful, not confusing, and easy to understand.
Source: Students from residential in Rockhampton and Cairns.
Feedback
Remove skill stations and focus on scenarios. The scenarios we completed were great as it made us feel like we were actually in the real world. The feedback from these scenarios were valuable and I still remember it now months later. The staff worked well together, online and in Res school.
Recommendation
For PEP5 remove skill stations and replace them with scenarios to assess critical thinking and clinical reasoning from day 1.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say survey
Feedback
It was absolutely fantastic at the beginning of the semester with all the teaching staff being very supportive during constant changing requirements due to COVID. The teaching staff were just fantastic and tried their absolute best to assist students though this very difficult period, even though we know it stressed them too. Was just awesome all their support and understanding and ability to not make us students feel their stress. Phenomenal teaching staff, massive thank you to all.
Recommendation
Unit coordinators to remain supportive and student-focussed throughout the term. Having a team that works well with each other and is transparent with all information. Keep using SugarCRM for all emails.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Survey
Feedback
The medication calculation test was much better than the other online ones as I was less likely to make a mistake on this format. The questions were also more realistic of what you could see on the floor which helped my learning.
Recommendation
Use a Moodle quiz for PEP 5 with industry-focussed questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Survey
Feedback
The coordinator never contacted me during or after placement. They took Forever to mark and sign of assesment pieces. I am not sure if they were engaged or just snowed under With the subject and may needed more help from the University.
Recommendation
Ensure that all students are contacted during the term through the use of a spreadsheet and automatic emailing. Abide by CQU return assessment policy. Unsure of who this student is to discuss concerns.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Survey
Feedback
CQU need a clearer scope of practice to present to clinical facilitators so there is no confusion of what we can and cannot do at times. I felt that my clinical facilitator in my last placement withheld practical learning opportunities at times due to the scope of practice that I could present to them from the ANSAT document as it wasn't detailed enough.
Recommendation
Ensure a clear guide to the scope of practice is available on Moodle for students to take on placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Integrate cultural safety and advanced communication skills to collaborate effectively with individuals, families, carers, communities and members of the multidisciplinary care team to facilitate positive health outcomes
  2. Apply patient safety and quality principles inclusive of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and the nursing process to deliver evidenced based, person centred nursing care to individuals, families, carers and communities
  3. Prioritise health promotion models at a local, national and international level that are used by nurses to support the health and wellness of individuals, families, carers and communities
  4. Function within legal and ethical frameworks and scope of practice of a beginning registered nurse in accordance with Nursing Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse policies, codes, guidelines and standards.

NMBA Registered Nurse policies, codes, guidelines and standards: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards.aspx

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment
4 - 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 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment