NUR1140 Responsible Nursing Practice
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in Program: BNUR
Students will be exposed to the key concepts surrounding the history and language of nursing, the evolving role of contemporary nursing in Australia, the legal and ethical implications of nursing practice, workplace health and safety, infection control, and the development of clinical decision making at a foundational level. This will be done using problem-based learning in the interactive and supportive environments of tutorials. Simulated clinical environments will be used as the forum for students to practice physical assessment skills such as vital signs and urinalysis. The practical laboratory sessions will provide situated learning opportunities for the development of skills such as therapeutic communication, cultural safety, manual handling, and infection control while performing basic physical assessment and nursing interventions. These skills will be assessed in a clinical skills assessment at the end of semester. Students will apply their developing critical thinking to address patient problems that are presented in the tutorials. The students will work as teams using evidence from nursing literature through self-directed study to develop nursing plans of care that relate to the problem presented. The plans will be presented in subsequent tutorials where students will discover further learning issues for further research. This process will be guided by the academic to ensure that course objectives are addressed. Patient case examples used will cover a variety of populations. Students will be required to participate in self-directed learning and recorded lectures will be provided on-line to assist in gaining knowledge of health care concepts. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) Competencies will be used to assess the integration of knowledge and skills at a foundation level in both the tutorials and laboratory components of the course.