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Clinical Leadership in Context (NURS90069)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90069
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject considers contemporary issues related to professional practice and clinical leadership in advanced practice roles nursing.

The aim of this subject is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to lead practice and service development in their area of specialty.

The core content of this subject will assist the student to understand the political, economic, professional, ethical, social and clinical influences on advanced practice nursing models. Students will critique different models of service delivery, governance structures, methods for evaluating and sustaining measurable outcomes in practice

The subject will also assist students to identify their own learning and development needs and, where necessary, negotiate access to a range of resources to enable them to meet their learning objectives.

The core content will prepare students to undertake a project that will facilitate the application of theory to their practice context. The focus of the project will be to develop the knowledge and skill required to lead service development and practice improvement as well as influence colleagues

Students will be required to develop a learning contract based on their individual learning needs which will be used to demonstrate development of an advanced practice role. The ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners and where relevant, competency standards for advanced practitioners developed by specialty professional groups will be used to guide the learning contract development. Knowledge and skills developed should be described in the learning contract and demonstrated through the compilation of a practice portfolio that includes (but is not limited to) governance models, documentation of scope of practice and service evaluation strategies.

The subject is designed to support students to meet the ANMC Competency Standards for Nurse Practitioners (2006). This subject is a mandatory component of the Nurse Practitioner pathway of the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

Intended learning outcomes

Following completion of this subject it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • Identify nursing models of service delivery which feature advanced practice and their role in healthcare and workforce reform and apply to practice context
  • Discuss the political, professional, economic, ethical and social influences on the implementation of advanced practice services (specifically the nurse practitioner) and apply to practice context.
  • Identify the need for and the features of an appropriate governance models for the advanced practice nursing service
  • Understand and measure the impact of advanced practice on service delivery, access to and quality of care and patient outcomes and apply this to practice context
  • Discuss the role of leadership in practice and service development and apply to the advanced practitioner and practice context
  • Iniitate and maintain collaborative relationships with other health care providers to establish effective communication skills and multidisciplinary relationships to achieve optimal health outcomes for patient care in the context of advanced practice beyond traditional nursing roles;
  • Negotiate learning needs with multi-disciplinary health care professionals to ensure appropriate mentorship for development of leadership skills.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:

  • Highly developed cognitive, analytic and problem-solving skills in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach;
  • The ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, to express them lucidly, whether orally or in writing, and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Where appropriate, advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies;
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline;
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline;
  • Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship;
  • The capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
  • The capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  1. Learning contract equivalent to 500 words (Pass/Fail) - due week 3
  2. Professional practice project equivalent to 4000 words (80%) - due at the end of semester
  3. 15 minute portfolio presentation (20%) - due at the end of semester

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorJennifer Newton
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours - 12 hours on campus and 24 hours online
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 15 August 2019