NURS20164 - Australian Clinical Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 requires you to undertake 40 hours of on-campus clinical education. Internal students will complete this during the term and distance students will be required to attend a five-day residential school in Week 12. You will also be required to complete 240 hours of work-integrated learning which will be scheduled after Week 12. 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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution 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.

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2019 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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Online Test 0%
3. On-campus Activity 0%
4. 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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The student enjoyed learning alongside CH79 students in the Residential School
Providing the numbers are below 32, Residential School for Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Re-Entry) and Graduate Certificate in Nursing (International Registered Nurse Entry) students will be combined. This arrangement gives both sets of students the opportunity to learn from each other.
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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Construct an evidence-informed and culturally safe nursing care plan based on patient assessment data
  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 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

shape practice

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

evaluations, 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

personal relationships

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

health outcomes

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.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - 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 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
3 - On-campus Activity
4 - Professional Practice Placement