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NUR1200 Concepts in Patient Care

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Lyn Forrest
Moderator: Cheryl Ross

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNUR

Other requisites

Recommended Prior Study: CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140

Rationale

To be able to provide a beginning level of practice, students require a sound knowledge of the principle concepts of nursing practice that underpin appropriate nursing and collaborative interventions and actions to respond to alterations in health patterns. These principles provide a sound foundation for students to synthesise the collection and use of data to propose and plan nursing interventions across a broad spectrum of health related circumstances.

Synopsis

This course examines the Registered Nurse's role in providing holistic care to patients/clients who are experiencing physical or psychological alterations due to illness. Patient assessment and proposed interventions within the scope of practice of the registered nurse will be emphasised. Concepts addressed will serve as a baseline framework for addressing specific disorders and diseases in varying contexts in future courses. Students will explore evidence for practice which incorporates empirical evidence, additional 'ways of knowing' and established models of care. Student will utilise techniques of inquiry such as concept mapping to facilitate their ability to synthesise information and critically appraise physical and psychosocial variations in patient/client presentation. Students will develop skills to enable active participation in a beginning level of clinical practice.

Objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. utilise systematic data collection to assess the physical, psychological and social needs of theoretical patients/clients presenting for health care;
  2. plan safe and appropriate nursing care for patients/clients experiencing selected areas of compromised health by utilising effective clinical reasoning strategies which incorporate evidenced-based practice;
  3. identify the appropriate scope of practice for the registered nurse in delivering independent and collaborative care;
  4. demonstrate competence in professional written communication (an academic assignment, on exams).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Nursing assessment/parameters for intervention in the areas of: homoeostasis, cancer care, pain management, patient teaching, wound management, fluid and electrolyte balance, chronic illness, surgery, trauma, infection, immunology, diagnostic procedures. 70.00
2. Scope of nursing practice, introduction to aspects of competencies. 10.00
3. Skills for assessment and planning; information gathering, communication skills, documentation. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=02&subject1=NUR1200)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Dempsey, J, French, J, Hillege, S, & Wilson, V 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery: A Person-Centred Approach to Care, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Broadway, NSW.
  • LeMone, Burke, Dwyer, Levett-Jones, Reid-Searl, Berry, Carville, Hales, Knox, Luxford & Raymond 2011, Medical-Surgical Nursing: critical thinking in client care, 1ed edn, Pearson, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Berman, A et al 2010, Kozier and Erb?s Fundamentals of Nursing, 2nd Australian edn, Pearson, Australia.
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008, Assessment made incredibly easy, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Schuster, PM 2002, Concept mapping a critical-thinking approach to care planning, FA Davis Company, Philadelphia.
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Havard's nursing guide to drugs, 7th edn, Harcourt-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures and Tutorials 28.00
Online Participation 20.00
Private Study or Assignments 112.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TUTORIAL ASSESSMENT 1 10 10 09 Aug 2012 (see note 1)
TUTORIAL ASSESSMENT 2 10 10 20 Aug 2012 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 20 20 09 Oct 2012 (see note 3)
PTA OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM CMA 45 30 End S2 (see note 4)
PTB OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM S/A 25 30 End S2 (see note 5)

NOTES
  1. Dates will be published at commencement of semester
  2. Dates will be published at commencement of semester
  3. Dates will be published at commencement of semester
  4. Exam date will be published with exam timetable
  5. Exam date will be published with exam timetable

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    In order to achieve course objectives, attendance at and participation in all learning activities are strongly advised. These are important factors in the development of problem solving skills.
    ONC: Students absent from classes are responsible for obtaining and completing all work and homework covered during their absence and for informing themselves of announcements regarding course-related activities and administrative matters. For this course normal class attendance consists of one 2 hour tutorial every week.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: non-programmable calculators to the exam, translation dictionaries. Students whose first language is not English may take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not a technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten material will be removed from the student. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from student's possession until disciplinary action is taken if found to contain material that could give the student an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. All of the assessments in this course are individual work only. Students need to understand USQ policy regarding plagiarism, collusion and cheating. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  2. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment only in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Assignments will be appropriately referenced using Harvard AGPS and submitted via the electronic portal on Studydesk.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives after a period of non directed personal study.

  6. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The documentation should include a statement from a doctor/employer, that includes the date the medical condition began or changed; how the condition affected the students ability to study and when it became apparent that the student could not submit the assignment. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  7. The exam timetable will be published by the University - there will be no private notification of deferred or supplementary exams.

  8. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  9. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.