Clinical Nursing 1

Subject 514-223 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours lectures and tutorials, 18 hours of clinical skills laboratory, 216 hours clinical practicum
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 514122 Foundations in Health Sciences 1, 514123 Foundations in Nursing Practice 1, 514125 Foundations in Health Sciences 2 and 514126 Foundations in Nursing Practice 2 or enrolment in the Bachelor of Nursing Science accelerated course via the graduate or professional entry categories.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: This subject requires students to actively and safely contribute to clinical activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Nursing Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Karen Nightingale
Subject Overview:

In this subject the student will be introduced to health assessment across the life span using a comprehensive culturally sensitive nursing framework. Students will develop skills in data collection that focus on the principles of effective interviewing and physical assessment skills through tutorial-facilitated and self-directed laboratory practice. The theoretical basis of clinical decision making, problem framing and solving, using data collected during health assessment, will be introduced. In the clinical skills laboratory students will develop skills relating to a comprehensive health and physical assessment. In the clinical practicum under the guidance of clinical educators and mentors, students will gain experience in settings that enable them to meet the learning objectives of this subject. The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is the integration of the principles of health assessment (incorporating interviewing and physical assessment) and clinical decision making. On completion of the subject it is expected that the student, whilst providing therapeutic interventions, is able to incorporate the further collection of health assessment data and adjust care accordingly.

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

  • utilise strategies that facilitate effective client communication;

  • demonstrate the capacity for information seeking and retrieval using a comprehensive nursing assessment framework;

  • demonstrate skills in physical assessment across the life-span;

  • integrate health assessment into assisting clients with self-care activities;

  • demonstrate the capacity to provide accurate written health assessment data using appropriate terminology;

  • develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of clinical decision making;

  • identify the contextual influences on decision making in the clinical environment; and

  • develop foundational skills in decision making in a changing health care environment.

Assessment: Weekly assessment activities - total 2,000 words (30%)Two hour written examination end semester (30%)Clinical practicum appraisal (40%)20 minute mastery examinationStudents must pass written examination and mastery examination
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Potter and Perry's fundamentals of nursing, 2nd edn (J Crisp and C Taylor), Australia: Harcourt Health Sciences, 2004 Health assessment & physical examination, 3rd edn (M Estes), Thomsons Learning: Melbourne, 2006 Pocket guide to APA style (R Perrin), Houghton Mifflin College: Boston, 2004 Stedman's medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. Australian and New Zealand edition, 5th edn (Stedman), Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins: Philadelphia, 2005
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

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

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;

  • communication of knowledge using written and oral presentation methods;

  • intercultural sensitivity;

  • an openness to new ideas;

  • critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills;

  • the ability to work effectively in a team

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Notes: 21/10/2007 - Published for 2008

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