NURS20160 - The Nurse Professional

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with advanced knowledge of contemporary nursing practice in the Australian healthcare industry. You will examine current legislation, registration standards and scope of practice documents in order to organise and delegate safe and effective healthcare for individuals, families and groups. Ethical and legal considerations that arise from working in the nursing profession will be critically analysed and you will consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice. You will be encouraged to demonstrate sound judgement in applying legal and ethical frameworks in a simulated activity. You will critically evaluate the use of evidence-informed practice in nursing and will examine its significance in clinical leadership. This allows you to design and communicate a quality improvement plan in a simulated health setting.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in either:

  • CH79 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) or
  • CL02 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry)

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 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 90.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 55.56% 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: Moodle feedback
ALC classes run earlier then the week of handing in assignments would have helped me. The ALC workshops on assignment writing and referencing etc were very helpful, however, I think they needed to start earlier in the unit to assist with the first assignment.
ALC classes to be moved earlier into the term for term 2.
Action Taken
The ALC class was moved from week 3 to week 2 with a high student engagement.
Source: Moodle Feedback
The GAS groups are a great way to engage with other students but perhaps allocating 3 or 4 times during the week where people can connect might be a better way to engage regularly.
GAS groups for Term 2 to be allocated.
Action Taken
All communication regarding GAS groups was moved from Moodle to teams. Consequently students were able to self allocate to the groups that suited their requirements.
Source: SUTE data
Assessment feedback was particularly helpful.
Continue treating assessment feedback as a teaching exercise.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE data
The course was well structured and easy to follow. Simone Ohlin was always enthusiastic and full of energy in conducting our lectures, it does make difference. Excellent work!
Continue to review structure and intertwine theoretical units and relevance to the clinical unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply legal and ethical frameworks and professional codes and guidelines to nursing practice
  2. Delegate nursing care in an appropriate manner, to optimise patient outcomes in simulated scenarios
  3. Evaluate sources of evidence in order to design an evidence-informed nursing care plan
  4. Apply the principles of clinical leadership to construct a best-practice change concept.

The unit learning outcomes are linked to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's "Registered Nurses Standards for Practice".

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8