Nursing as Practice

Subject NURS90055 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 42 lectures/tutorials/seminars, 12 clinical laboratory sessions, 160 clinical practicum, TOTAL: 214 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


A pass in the following subjects prior to enrolment:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Ms Amanda Connors


Subject Overview:

This is a capstone subject in which students will further consolidate and apply the knowledge they have acquired from Nursing Science 1, 2 & 3, Nursing Assessment and Care, Clients With Acute and Chronic Illness, Clients with Complex Health States and case-based learning scenarios which feature complex patient health problems.

In the clinical skills laboratory students will refine and consolidate their procedural skills utilising a self-directed learning approach. Emphasis will also be placed on performing such skills in a time-efficient manner.

In the clinical practicum, under the guidance of clinical educators and preceptors, students focus on the transition from nursing student to registered nurse with the goal of achieving readiness to practice as a beginning registered nurse.

The major focus for the clinical practicum component of this subject is to further build the student’s knowledge and skills of the assessment and management of patients experiencing specific health problems and to develop an understanding of the accountability requirements of the registered nurse. On completion of the subject it is expected that students is able to carry the expected load of a new graduate by caring for 4 patients independently with minimal supervision.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • understand the dimensions of the nursing role in the context of providing complex nursing care in a variety of settings;
  • understand key concepts in the assessment and care of complex patients;
  • further develop physical, psychosocial, contextual and learning needs and assessment skills;
  • further develop clinical reasoning, problem framing and solving skills;
  • contribute to planning care for patients incorporating the principles of cultural sensitivity and understanding and an evidence based approach;
  • communicate effectively with patients/families, peers and members of the health care team;
  • accurately and professionally document assessment findings and therapeutic interventions;
  • understand legal requirements for nursing interventions;
  • demonstrate competency in the calculation, preparation and administration of drugs;
  • further develop knowledge of pharmacological management pertinent to patient care;
  • apply the skills of information seeking, retrieval, evaluation critical thinking and problem solving to selected case scenarios.

1) Drug calculation (20%) (Due Week 2)
2) Professional Portfolio based on four domains in the ANMAC Competency Standards (500 word introduction and 500 word conclusion) (80%) (Due week 11)

  • Professional Practice (1500 words)
  • Critical Thinking & Analysis (2000 words)
  • Provision & Coordination of Care (2000 words)
  • Collaboration & Therapeutic Practice (1500 words)

3) Summative Appraisal - due week 12 (Pass/Fail)

Hurdle Components

100% Drug Calculation

Attendance at all Professional Experience Placement days is compulsory

Attendance at all Simulated Learning Laborotory sessions is compulsory

Prescribed Texts:

Stedman’s medical dictionary for the health professions and nursing. Australian and New Zealand Edition (5th ed.). (2005)

Perrin, R. (2009). Pocket guide to APA style (3rd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin College.

Education Innovations. (2005). Nursing Calculations (Version 6.0.0). ( General Relativity Pty Ltd, CD-ROM 2005 release).

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.

Lim, A. (ED). (2008). Australia New Zealand Nursing & Midwifery drug handwbook (4th ed.). Broadway, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Elder, R., Evans, K., & Nizette, D. (2009). Psychiatric and mental health nursing (2nd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier Mosby

Brown, D., & Edwards, H. (2008). Lewis’ medical-surgical nursing (2nd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier Mosby.

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:

  • the capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
  • critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • cultural sensitivity;
  • 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.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Nursing Science

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