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This subject provides foundational knowledge and skill to introduce advanced practice nursing to the student. This subject will focus on a range of areas critical to the development of a nurse practitioner capable of providing high standards of clinically focused care and leading practice and service development: the Australian healthcare system and policy development, the burden of chronic disease and the social determinants of health, clinical leadership and an introduction to advanced health assessment skills.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Understand the Australian health care system and how healthcare priorities and the burden of chronic disease influences healthcare policy
- Recognise how workforce reform, including NP role development, has been used to address healthcare priorities and healthcare professional shortages.
- 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.
- Understand the legislation, regulation and governance affecting nurse practitioner roles and practice
- Identify methods to evaluate the impact of service models 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 practice context
- Initiate and maintain collaborative relationships with other health care providers to establish effective communication skills and multidisciplinary relationships to achieve optimal health outcomes
- Negotiate learning needs with multi-disciplinary health care professionals to ensure appropriate mentorship for development of knowledge and skills.
- Apply a structured framework for client health assessment that is effective (ensures all relevant data are collected) and efficient (is organised and timely)
- Adopt a client-focused approach to health assessment and shared decision making .
- Undertake a thorough, accurate and comprehensive patient/client health history, which includes details about the individuals health problem, psychosocial, economic and cultural influences on their health and their family and community supports.
- Conduct a competent and efficient examination of a patient / client which is sufficiently comprehensive to identify/address their health care needs.
- Integrate assessment findings, information from other sources and scientific knowledge to inform the health assessment, an understanding of their health literacy and their healthcare needs.
- Use highly developed cognitive, analytic, problem-solving and diagnostic reasoning skills to interpret health assessment findings;
- Communicate health assessment findings effectively to members of the multi-disciplinary team, both orally and in writing
- Communicate assessment findings and health related information effectively (showing consideration for health literacy, culture and language) to the client and family.
- 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.
Last updated: 1 July 2020