Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: TOTAL 166 hours - 36 hours lectures/tutorials/seminars, 18 hours clinical laboratory sessions, 112 hours clinical practicum |
Total Time Commitment:
Students are expected to devote approximately 12 hours a week to this subject and a further 16 hours per week for seven weeks during clinical practicum.
|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 think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Nursing Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorMs Amanda Connors
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 1, 200 Berkeley St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9415
F: +61 3 8344 4188
In this subject students will be introduced to health assessment across the lifespan using a comprehensive culturally sensitive nursing framework. Students will develop skills in data collection and documentation that focus on the principles of effective communication, interviewing and physical assessment techniques. Students will be introduced to the theoretical basis of clinical reasoning. Clinical reasoning involves the application of clinical judgement, clinical decision making and problem solving using data collected during health assessment. Nursing assessment and clinical reasoning underpin processes of nursing care. The focus in this subject will be on normal assessment findings to enable students to identify variations to these. Students will also be introduced to basic processes of nursing care that require the implementation of nursing skills and interventions. The principles of the ‘quality use of medicines’, drug calculations and administration, and lifespan considerations are explored.
In the clinical skills laboratory, through facilitated clinical practice, students will develop skills relating to comprehensive patient physical and health assessment, infection control, basic nursing interventions and drug administration.
In the clinical practicum, under the guidance of clinical educators and clinical mentors, students will gain experience in settings that enable them to meet the learning objectives of this subject.
The major focus of the clinical practicum component of this subject is integration of the principles of health assessment (incorporating interviewing and physical assessment), 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, identify actual and potential patient problems and adjust care accordingly for 1 to 2 patients.
At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Incorporate the principles of cultural safety and understanding when developing and implementing care,
• Demonstrate the capacity to conduct a comprehensive nursing assessment,
Theoretical Component - 50% |
Clinical Component - 50%
a) Clinical Practicum Performance Assessment 20%
b) Clinical Practice Analysis 1 x 1,500 20%
c) 10 minute Medication Log Quiz x 5 quizzes on LMS 10%
Students must pass the theoretical, clinical & hurdle components to achieve a pass in the subject.
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Bullock, S., Manias, E., & Galbraith, A. (2007). Fundamentals of pharmacology (5th ed.). Australia: Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education.
Crisp, J. & Taylor, C. (2009). Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing (3rd ed.). Chatswod, NSW: Elsevier Australia.
Tiziani, A. (Ed.) (2010). Harvard's nursing guide to drugs (8th ed). Sydney: Mosby Elsevier
Ackley, B, J., & Ladwig, G. B. (2008). Nursing Diagnosis, An evidence based guide to planning care (8th ed.). St Louis: Mosby.
D’Amico, D., & Barbarito, C. (2007). Health & physical assessment in nursing. New Jersey: Pearson, Prentice Hall.
Reid-Searl, K., Dwyer, T., Ryan, J., & Moxham, L. (2008). Student Nurse: Clinical survival guide. Australia: Pearson Education.
|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 should be able to demonstrate: |
|Links to further information:||http://www.nursing.unimelb.edu.au/|
Master of Nursing Science |
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