NURS20162 - Clinical Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide advanced knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and care planning. You will learn how to apply a clinical reasoning process and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessment model in order to prioritise and perform holistic nursing care for individuals, families and groups. You will critically examine common risk screening tools and clinical pathways used in practice, to organise and perform safe and effective nursing care. You will evaluate early warning systems and health assessment instruments through evidence-based research and by analysing practice and policy documents. You will consider best practice implications for medication administration, wound care and contemporary nursing psychomotor skills. There are online workshops you will be required to attend. There is a compulsory on campus activity you will have to attend. You will also undertake 160 hours of work-integrated learning which you will undertake after week 12. This will allow you to demonstrate responsible nursing practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Work-integrated learning may be delayed due to travel restrictions and local healthcare service policy.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisites - NURS20161 and NURS20160

Students must be enrolled in CH79 Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2024 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 Postgraduate 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) 0%
2. On-campus Activity 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 41.18% 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: Moodle
Group Accountability Study (GAS) direction could be clearer. It felt like there was a lot of course content and not a lot of direction for what we were expected to know each week, what we were expected to discuss with our groups and bring to class.
GAS groups for term 2 were allocated to allow for the integration of international and domestic students to increase diversity. The Moodle site now has clear direction of where students need to be up to each week.
Action Taken
GAS groups are self directed by students and utilised well.
Source: Moodle
The video classes feel a bit short, would be nice to have more time to go through the clinical reasoning cycle when placed into groups as it feels a bit rushed.
An extra hour to facilitate clinical learning in the on-line platform has been established.
Action Taken
All online workshops are two hours in duration
Source: Student
Assessment 1 - Quiz 2 - Medication calculations timing of re attempt opportunities
Notification of the scheduling of re attempt opportunities for medication calculation quiz provided to students early in the term. Re attempt opportunities closer together so that final outcome provided to students as soon as possible.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Construct and adapt an evidence-informed and culturally safe nursing care plan based on patient assessment data with consideration of people from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  2. Communicate with patients, families and healthcare teams, adhering to legal and professional standards
  3. Evaluate medications used in Australia and their uses in different client groups
  4. Prioritise and plan the safe administration of medications to a variety of patients
  5. Apply the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's Registered Nurse Standards for Practice in the safe and effective care of individuals, families and the community whilst in the work-integrated learning context.

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 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Professional Practice Placement