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Nursing as Practice (NURS90055)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90055
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This is a capstone subject in which students will further consolidate and apply the knowledge they have acquired from Nursing Science 1, 2 & 3, Nursing Assessment and Care, Clients With Acute and Chronic Illness, Clients with Complex Health States and case-based learning scenarios which feature complex patient health problems.

In the clinical skills laboratory students will refine and consolidate their procedural skills utilising a self-directed learning approach. Emphasis will also be placed on performing such skills in a time-efficient manner.

In the clinical practicum, under the guidance of clinical educators and preceptors, students focus on the transition from nursing student to registered nurse with the goal of achieving readiness to practice as a beginning registered nurse.

The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is to further build the student’s knowledge and skills of the assessment and management of patients experiencing specific health problems and to develop an understanding of the accountability requirements of the registered nurse. On completion of the subject it is expected that students is able to carry the expected load of a new graduate by caring for 4 patients independently with minimal supervision.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • understand the dimensions of the nursing role in the context of providing complex nursing care in a variety of settings;
  • understand key concepts in the assessment and care of complex patients;
  • further develop physical, psychosocial, contextual and learning needs and assessment skills;
  • further develop clinical reasoning, problem framing and solving skills;
  • contribute to planning care for patients incorporating the principles of cultural sensitivity and understanding and an evidence based approach;
  • communicate effectively with patients/families, peers and members of the health care team;
  • accurately and professionally document assessment findings and therapeutic interventions;
  • understand legal requirements for nursing interventions;
  • demonstrate competency in the calculation, preparation and administration of drugs;
  • further develop knowledge of pharmacological management pertinent to patient care;
  • apply the skills of information seeking, retrieval, evaluation critical thinking and problem solving to selected case scenarios.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • cultural sensitivity;
  • planning and time management skills;
  • the ability to work effectively in a team;
  • the ability to communicate knowledge through classroom and web-based discussions and written material.

Last updated: 3 May 2019