NURS20164 - Australian Clinical Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide advanced knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and care planning in the Australian context. 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. Through research and analysis of practice and policy documents, you are encouraged to evaluate the safety and sensitivity of early warning systems and health assessment instruments. You will consider best practice implications for medication administration, wound care and contemporary nursing practice. There are online workshops you will be required to attend. There is a compulsory on campus activity and 240 hours of work integrated learning in this unit. This work-integrated learning will allow you to demonstrate responsible nursing practice under the supervision of a nurse registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Work-integrated learning may be delayed due to travel restrictions and local healthcare service policy.

Details

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 - NURS20163  and NURS20160 

Students must be enrolled in CL02.

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 3 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Cairns
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Cairns
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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.22% 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: Have your say
Feedback
The best aspects of the unit was during the VLCE sessions. Having the opportunity to practice with other students made me more confident with the OSCE.
Recommendation
Continue to practice the OSCE with individual tutors in workshops.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
"1) Moodle site is a bit complicated to search and navigate. It would be nice to introduce more about it during orientation. 2) OSCE practice: need to know more about how to write a progress note including examples."
Recommendation
Moodle site has now been converted to tiles in alignment with current policy. The change to tiles will address the concerns voiced in regards to navigating moodle. Adapt sessions to include progress note examples earlier in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
For me, the best aspect of the unit is the clinical reasoning cycle. It explains in a specific way when assessing a patient's situation. OSCE is also new to me. It practices my "think aloud" /critical thinking skills when confronted by situations where the health care practitioner will have to act fast to prevent the deterioration of the patient.
Recommendation
Continue to utilise the clinical reasoning cycle from multiple sources to improve clinical understanding
Action Taken
Nil.
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 effectively with patients, families and healthcare teams, while 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 clients
  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 industry based 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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - On-campus Activity
3 - Professional Practice Placement