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Nursing Assessment & Care (NURS90130)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90130
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject students will develop knowledge and clinical skills to enable them to perform comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan using a culturally sensitive nursing framework. Students will gain an understanding of nurses’ roles and responsibilities in a variety of settings in which nursing takes place including; general practice, aged care, community and acute care settings. Students will be introduced to the recovery oriented model of nursing, develop skills in physical assessment techniques, data collection, problem identification, prioritisation, framing and solving and the documentation of data collected during health assessment. The focus in this subject is on assessment findings to enable students to identify variations to these. Throughout the subject there will be a focus on examining the health care system from the perspective of factors that can affect patient outcomes and the importance of identifying, critically appraising and integrating evidence into clinical practice. Using safety and quality as a framework students will examine trends in critical incidents that result in adverse outcomes for patients. They will also be introduced to emerging strategies in health care that seek to improve safety and quality and consider the role of the nurse in leading these efforts at a clinical and organisational level. Students will be exposed to a range of nursing skills, strategies for symptom management, selected diagnostic investigations and treatment interventions. Students commence the development of knowledge and skills related to therapeutic medication administration, the principles of the ‘quality use of medicines’ and drug administration for selected medications.

In the simulated learning laboratory, through facilitated clinical practice, students will develop skills relating to a comprehensive systems based patient physical and health assessment, infection prevention, basic nursing interventions and enteral medication administration.

During the professional experience placement, under the guidance of clinical educators and clinical preceptors, students will gain experience in settings that enable them to meet the learning objectives of this subject.

The major focus for the professional experience placement component of this subject is the integration of the principles of health assessment, safe and effective clinical decision-making and basic nursing interventions. On completion of the subject it is expected that students, while providing therapeutic interventions, are able to incorporate the further collection of health assessment data and adjust care accordingly for 1 to 2 patients.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • identify and utilise strategies that facilitate a therapeutic nurse patient relationship;
  • identify appropriate sources of information for relevant questions;
  • recognise the importance of history and culture to health and wellbeing;
  • be able to reflect on the context of Indigenous health and nursing;
  • recognise the major health and health care disparities facing marginalized groups;
  • demonstrate skills in searching electronic databases;
  • demonstrate skill in critical appraisal of the research literature including application to practice to inform evidence based practice;
  • identify ethical and legal principles of advocacy as they apply to nurse-patient interactions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of assessment frameworks for practice in the acute and community setting;
  • demonstrate the capacity to conduct a comprehensive systems based patient assessment;
  • develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical decision making
  • integrate health assessment into assisting clients with self-care activities and selected nursing interventions;
  • demonstrate the capacity to safely administer and evaluate the use and outcomes of select oral, topical and inhalant medications;
  • demonstrate the capacity to provide accurate written health assessment data using appropriate terminology;
  • apply clinical decision making to patients with a changing healthcare status;
  • communicate verbally and in writing in a professional manner with the patient, their families and other members of the health care team;
  • understand the health care system as a potential source of adverse events for patients;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the key contemporary safety and quality issues in Australian and International healthcare; and
  • identify and discuss factors in the clinical setting that relate to resource use and sustainability.

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 safety
  • 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: 8 June 2019