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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.2% 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 Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection.
Feedback
Time spent sitting or waiting while students were having assessments completed at Residential School.
Recommendation
Plan to arrange to have a teaching staff member available to direct discussion topics or activities during these times. Could be utilised as a time for 'Q & A' for grad positions or placement questions. Also time for group activities on professionalism, NMBA Standards of Practice or other activities.
Action Taken
Residential school was delivered online this year via multiple ZOOM sessions hosted by all members of the Unit Coordinating team. All students were interacting and engaging actively throughout the planned sessions.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection, Staff Feedback.
Feedback
Great dislike for MedSafe IntelliLearn case study medication assessment. Requests for focus on formula and drug calculations, including formulas and calculations pertaining to milligrams in volume and administration rates (ie. mg per ml per hour).
Recommendation
Options within MedSafe IntelliLearn will be reviewed to ascertain if meeting this request is possible within the medication safety training and assessment program that the School utilises.
Action Taken
Medication calculation assessment this year continued to utilise MedSafe IntelliLearn. Assessment focused on calculations of infusion and other medication administrations. No case study.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection, Staff Feedback.
Feedback
Residential School format of Medication Assessment and Clinical Assessment daily was well received. Students stated it reduced stress and anxiety levels and was more enjoyable.
Recommendation
Residential School format of daily Medication Assessment and Clinical Assessment will remain.
Action Taken
Online support was provided to students as they undertook the medication assessment. The teaching team worked with student work and family commitments to accommodate the demands of COVID-19.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection, Staff Feedback.
Feedback
Filming and availability of a 'Clinical Assessment Scenario' video was well received. Assisted students and staff to be aware of what and how the clinical assessment was run. Reduced fear, stress and anxiety, aided in uniformity in approach to assessments by individual campuses and assisted students in understanding what was expected.
Recommendation
Clinical Assessment Scenario video will remain. Clinical Assessment scenarios will be assessed in the same manner.
Action Taken
Clinical Assessment Scenario video was substituted by First2Act - an online interactive platform focusing on managing deteriorating scenarios. This substitution was attributed to changes in residential school delivery.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection, Staff Feedback.
Feedback
Residential School numbers too large on several campuses.
Recommendation
Requests will be made for smaller class sizes.
Action Taken
Residential school was delivered online this year via multiple ZOOM sessions hosted by all members of the unit coordinating team. All students were evenly allocated to the appropriate sessions.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation Feedback, Self-Reflection.
Feedback
Residential Schools all crammed into first six weeks of term with majority of students not commencing or attending placement until Term 3. Many students complained of attending residential school 4-6 months prior to attending placement.
Recommendation
Requests will be made for more residential schools of smaller numbers to be spread out across the entire term. This will allow for students on later placements to attend later residential schools that are closer to when they attend placement.
Action Taken
Residential school was delivered online this year via multiple ZOOM sessions hosted by all members of the unit coordinators. All students were evenly allocated to the appropriate sessions.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment