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ANP5002 Immunisation Nursing

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Cheryl Ross
Moderator: Cheryl Perrin

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: The enrolling student must be a registered nurse and hold a current Blue Card. A registered nurse is regarded by The Commission (Blue Card) as a responsible person. A Blue Card is not required if the student RN is undertaking their clinical practice in a Government facility.


This course prepares registered nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary for the management of immunisation regimes for both children and adults based on the underlying philosophy of Primary Health Care and Public Health.


This course focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills required for the management of immunisation programs for adults and children across a wide clinical spectrum. It offers registered nurses the opportunity to integrate and apply Health Management Protocols and Drug Therapy Protocols along with relevant immunisation theory to their clinical practice. Students will be required to undertake a minimum of six hours of supervised clinical practice at an approved Immunisation Clinic. On successful completion of this course students may be eligible to apply for authorisation to practice under the Immunisation Program Drug Therapy Protocol.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of, and application of the theoretical components of immunisation
  2. comprehend and apply Health Management Protocols and Drug Therapy Protocols in the delivery of immunisation
  3. demonstrate competence in the delivery of age appropriate immunisation
  4. include clients actively in the process of immunisation management
  5. demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively in collaborative decision making relating to immunisation practice


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1 - Theoretical foundations of immunisation. The public health perspective, the immune system and vaccines, epidemiology and the myths and realities of immunisation. 35.00
2. Module 2 - Clinical theory. The legal and ethical issues, management of adverse immunisation events, current vaccine schedules. 30.00
3. Module 3 - Clinical practice. The management, handling and storage and transportation of vaccines (cold chain), health promotion and client immunisation education resources. 35.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing 2008, Australian Immunisation Handbook, 9th Edition,
  • Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulations, Brisbane 1996, Drug therapy protocols immunisation program 2007,
  • National Immunisation Program Schedule, Canberra 2007,
  • Queensland Health 2009, Primary clinical care manual, 6th Edition,

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.
  • Staunton, PJ, & Chiarella, M 2008, Nursing and the law Ch 4,'Consent to treatment', 6th edn, Elsevier, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Strive for 5 2005, National Vaccine Storage Guidelines, Canberra, [Online],

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 6.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 104.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 50 30 11 Sep 2012
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT 1 1 11 Sep 2012 (see note 1)
MEDICATION CALCULATIONS 1 1 11 Sep 2012 (see note 2)
1.5 HOUR OPEN ONLINE QUIZ 60 60 28 Oct 2012 (see note 3)
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 09 Nov 2012 (see note 4)
ONLINE DISCUSSIONS 15 7 09 Nov 2012 (see note 5)

  1. The Basic Life Support assessment is due before time of clinical placement.
  2. The Medications Calculations assessment is due before time of clinical placement.
  3. The 1.5 hour open online quiz will be held on a date to be advised.
  4. Clinical Experience is to be completed by the end of the current semester. In extenuating circumstances, the examiner may grant an extension into the following semester.
  5. Specific online discussion topics will be posted at designated intervals during semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no on campus attendance requirement for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students are required to complete 6 hours of supervised clinical practice in an Authorised Immunisation Clinic. During this clinical placement, students will have to demonstrate mastery of the Competency Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses with Drug Therapy Protocol (DTP) Endorsement which are based on the ANMC Competency Standards for the Advanced Nurse noted in the clinical assessment for this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item (written assignment, online discussions and online quiz) in addition to the completion and mastery of the Competency Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses with Drug Therapy Protocol Endorsement (Clinical Experience, Medication Calculations and Basic Life Support) which will be assessed by the student's clinical preceptor, a Registered Nurse who holds DTP endorsement and who will use the Immunisation Clinical Assessment forms developed by USQ for this specific purpose. Failure to demonstrate competency will result in a Fail grade for 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 a pass in this course students must submit each assessment item, achieve an aggregate of 50% of the marks available for the summative assessments (written assignment, online discussions and online quiz) and satisfactorily complete (mark of 1) Clinical Experience, Medication Calculations and Basic Life Support.

  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 the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This examination is conducted online via Studydesk. It is an open book examination of 1.5 hours duration.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred examinations for this course will be held in the fourth week of the semester following this course offering and the examiner will advise students involved in writing of the date, time and location of any such examinations.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

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

  4. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media

  5. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special considerations. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  6. In the event a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover sheet the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

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

  8. 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. 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 Makeup).

  9. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.