NURS20176 - Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit continues from Advanced Nursing Practice 1. This unit will consolidate your knowledge of deviations from normal homeostatic mechanisms relevant to your chosen clinical specialisation using a person-centred approach. You will be able to validate your clinical decision making and problem solving in managing episodes of care. You will also analyse legal and bio-ethical issues relevant to clinical practice within your specialisation area.


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

Prerequisite: NURS20175 Advanced Practice for Registered Nurses 1

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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Portfolio 0%
2. Case Study 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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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: Unit evaluation
Assessments were deemed relevant to the clinical specialisation by students.
Maintain clinically focused assessments relevant to specialisation.
Action Taken
Assessments remain relevant to specialisation and are clinically focussed.
Source: Unit evaluation
The Moodle site and resources were easy to navigate and access.
Update resources as required to reflect advanced clinical practice in specialisations offered.
Action Taken
The resources across the various specialties have been updated.
Source: Industry stakeholders
Review and make clearer specialty streams.
Specialty streams are under review to make explicit the differences in module content.
Action Taken
The specialty streams are being further developed to demonstrate similarities and differences within the streams,
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There was no feedback as there were no students enrolled in the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Initiate patient management using best practice
  2. Evaluate clinical decision making through psycho-social and bio-ethical frameworks
  3. Critique therapeutic and rehabilitative approaches applicable to clinical specialisation
  4. Demonstrate advanced practice in specialisation
  5. Initiate change to improve patient care and clinical processes.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Case Study
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 - Portfolio
2 - Case Study