NURS20175 - Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will extend your knowledge of normal homeostatic mechanisms and the pathophysiological basis of health disorders and injuries relevant to your chosen clinical specialisation using a person centred approach. Your clinical decision making and problem solving skills in managing episodes of care will be enhanced through examining biological, physiological processes and psychosocial concepts.You will also explore the legal and ethical issues relevant to clinical practice within your specialisation area.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CL22 Master of Clinical Nursing to undertake this unit.

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
2. Portfolio 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

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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: emails
Feedback
Students view of the course was good. There was no negative feedback.
Recommendation
The course was reviewed and minor changes were made, in relation to the number of forum discussions, which on top of the assessments, proved to be onerous.
Action Taken
The number of forum discussions decreased in Term 1 2019 with good effect resulting in students having more time for in-depth reading and application of new knowledge. Student's view of the course resources remains high .
Source: Discussion at industry sites and Zoom sessions
Feedback
It was good that the number of discussion forums was cut back. The Zoom sessions were seen as beneficial and students voiced their opinion that they would like to see more of the Unit Coordinator in Zoom sessions.
Recommendation
In 2019 the discussion forums were cut back as requested by students as they had felt pressured to attend when they had a number of other competing demands. To address this the recorded Zoom sessions were increased to fortnightly to facilitate engagement with students and minimise their stress. Maintain regular (fortnightly) contact with discussion postings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discussion at partnered industry sites.
Feedback
Students suggested that the portfolio was 'hard work' although they recognised the need for an eportfolio.
Recommendation
Recommended that students document their experiences as they happen, while they are still fresh in their memory to prevent the stress arising from completing the entire portfolio at the end of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and apply contemporary national and international initiatives to patient management
  2. Analyse psychosocial and ethical and legal issues in clinical decision making
  3. Evaluate therapeutic and rehabilitative approaches that may be applied to individuals/groups within area of clinical specialisation
  4. Evaluate physiological and psychosocial interventions, and therapies that maintain and/or restore homoeostasis
  5. Reflect critically on practice to identify strengths and areas for improvement.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio
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 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio