This unit will provide you with 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. This unit incorporates a five-day residential school and 240 hours of industry based learning. This will allow you to demonstrate responsible nursing practice under the supervision of a nurse registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
|Unit Level||Not Applicable|
|Student Contribution Band||1|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.25|
|Pre-requisites or Co-requisites||
Pre-requisites - NURS20163 Australian Identity and Nursing Care and NURS20160 The Nurse Professional
Students may be referred to the Head of Course to undertake all three units in one semester. This will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Students must be enrolled in Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry).
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Compulsory Residential School
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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).
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.
|1. Practical and Written Assessment||30%|
|2. Practical Assessment||20%|
|3. Professional Practice Placement||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%).
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No previous feedback available
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
The unit learning outcomes are linked to the following Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's "Registered Nurses Standards for Practice":
Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
1.1 accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings, for safe, quality practice
1.2 develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these
1.3 respects all cultures and experiences, which includes responding to the role of family and community that underpin the
health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of other cultures
1.4 complies with legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and other standards or requirements relevant to the context of
practice when making decisions
1.5 uses ethical frameworks when making decisions
1.6 maintains accurate, comprehensive and timely documentation of assessments, planning, decision-making, actions and
1.7 contributes to quality improvement and relevant research.
Standard 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships
2.1 establishes, sustains and concludes relationships in a way that differentiates the boundaries between professional and
2.2 communicates effectively, and is respectful of a person’s dignity, culture, values, beliefs and rights
2.3 recognises that people are the experts in the experience of their life
2.4 provides support and directs people to resources to optimise health-related decisions
2.5 advocates on behalf of people in a manner that respects the person’s autonomy and legal capacity
2.6 uses delegation, supervision, coordination, consultation and referrals in professional relationships to achieve improved
2.7 actively fosters a culture of safety and learning that includes engaging with health professionals and others, to share
knowledge and practice that supports person-centred care
2.8 participates in and/or leads collaborative practice, and
2.9 reports notifiable conduct of health professionals, health workers and others.
Standard 3: Maintains the capability for practice
3.1 considers and responds in a timely manner to the health and wellbeing of self and others in relation to the capability for
3.2 provides the information and education required to enhance people’s control over health
3.3 uses a lifelong learning approach for continuing professional development of self and others
3.4 accepts accountability for decisions, actions, behaviours and responsibilities inherent in their role, and for the actions of
others to whom they have delegated responsibilities
3.5 seeks and responds to practice review and feedback
3.6 actively engages with the profession, and
3.7 identifies and promotes the integral role of nursing practice and the profession in influencing better health outcomes for
Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
4.1 conducts assessments that are holistic as well as culturally appropriate
4.2 uses a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information and data to inform
4.3 works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and wellbeing of people and
populations to determine priorities for action and/ or for referral, and
4.4 assesses the resources available to inform planning.
Standard 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice
5.1 uses assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan
5.2 collaboratively constructs nursing practice plans until contingencies, options priorities, goals, actions, outcomes and
timeframes are agreed with the relevant persons
5.3 documents, evaluates and modifies plans accordingly to facilitate the agreed outcomes
5.4 plans and negotiates how practice will be evaluated and the time frame of engagement, and
5.5 coordinates resources effectively and efficiently for planned actions.
Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
6.1 provides comprehensive safe, quality practice to achieve agreed goals and outcomes that are responsive to the nursing
needs of people
6.2 practises within their scope of practice
6.3 appropriately delegates aspects of practice to enrolled nurses and others, according to enrolled nurse’s scope of
practice or others’ clinical or non-clinical roles
6.4 provides effective timely direction and supervision to ensure that delegated practice is safe and correct
6.5 practises in accordance with relevant policies, guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation, and
6.6 uses the appropriate processes to identify and report potential and actual risk related system issues and where practice
may be below the expected standards.
Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice
7.1 evaluates and monitors progress towards the expected goals and outcomes
7.2 revises the plan based on the evaluation, and
7.3 determines, documents and communicates further priorities, goals and outcomes with the relevant persons.
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|2 - Practical Assessment||•||•||•|
|3 - Professional Practice Placement||•|
|Graduate Attributes||Learning Outcomes|
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|2 - Communication||•||•|
|3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills||•||•|
|4 - Research||•||•||•||•|
|5 - Self-management||•|
|6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility||•||•|
|7 - Leadership||•||•|
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