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NUR1140 Responsible Nursing Practice

Semester 1, 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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Examiner: Shane King
Moderator: Ruth Terwijn


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


Students entering the nursing profession need to develop an understanding of contemporary nursing practice in Australia. The student must have a working knowledge of the language of nursing, the dynamic and evolving roles, professional standards, patient safety requirements and the legal and ethical boundaries that govern contemporary professional nursing practice. Students need to develop the knowledge and skills required to implement nursing interventions for the provision of safe, efficient and effective nursing care at a foundational level.


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. 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 develop critical thinking skills by addressing and managing patient problems presented in the problem-based learning activities. 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.. This problem-based learning 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 the labs, team work, self-directed learning, and critical thinking activities. 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.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional aptitude at the beginning level by accurately performing core clinical physical assessment skills in the simulated clinical environment as assessed by active participation in the nursing laboratory sessions and the Clinical skills assessment.(USQ: 4,5,6,10. ANMC Competencies 5;6)
  2. Demonstrate academic literacy through awareness and application of effective referencing assessed by completion of the effective referencing module
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of workplace health and safety and infection control concepts to simulated nursing practice environments as assessed by the Clinical Skills Assessment and completion of the Hand Hygiene on-line learning package. (USQ: 3,8,9,10. ANMC Competency: 1,2,3,7,10)
  4. Demonstrate team work and effective oral communication skills through the use of small group problem-based learning as assessed by the Written Assignment and CMA
  5. Demonstrate self-directed learning skills through the use of problem-based learning as assessed by the Written Assignment (ANMC3,4,6)
  6. Demonstrate critical literacy (critical thinking) through the use of problem-based learning as assessed by the Written Assignment (ANMC3,4,6)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Responsible Nursing Practice: An introduction to the historical significance of nursing in Australia. Familiarisation with the regulatory bodies that govern nursing and the core values of the nursing profession. Including an introduction to therapeutic communication techniques and critical thinking. 10.00
2. Evidence in Nursing Practice: Professional and academic literacy will be investigated using patient problems as the prompts for critical thinking. Effective referencing skills will assist the student to find evidence to support clinical decisions and nursing interventions 30.00
3. Safe Practice: Concepts of human rights, Workplace Health and Safety Infection Control, manual handling and risk management will be explored in relation to patient care and nursing practice. 10.00
4. Physical Assessment and therapies: The performance and documentation of the following: patient assessment vital signs; hygiene needs; elimination care; mobility needs; skin integrity including basic wound care and nutritional care using a patient centred approach and adherence to the principles of patient safety. 50.00

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). (

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  • Dempsey, J, French, J, Hillege, S, & Wilson, V (eds) 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery: A Person Centred Approach to Care, Australian and New Zealand Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Broadway, NSW.
  • Sphygmomanometer (optional).
  • Stethoscope.

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.
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2008, Assessment Made Incredibly Easy, 4th edn, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Tollefson, J 2010, Clinical Psychmotor Skills: Assessment Tools for Nursing Students, 4th edn, CENGAGE Learning, South Melbourne.
  • A Nursing/Medical Dictionary.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 120.00
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory 22.00
Tutorial or Electronic Discussion 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 30 20 27 Apr 2012
CLINICAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT 50 20 08 Jun 2012 (see note 1)
Concept Map 20 20 08 Jun 2012
LABORATORY ATTENDANCE 1 2 08 Jun 2012 (see note 2)
Lesson 5 5 08 Jun 2012
1 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAM 20 25 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. To be advised. Students will be notified using the course study desk of the times available.
  2. Laboratory attendances will be marked at the end of semester and students must have achieved 100% attendance to be awarded the grade of 1.
  3. The CMA will be held in the exam period and students will be notified of the date using the exam timetable.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as laboratories, tutorials and or residential school ( for external students) ) scheduled for them, and 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. To ensure that students can participate in the practical exam component of the course, they must attend, and actively participate in all laboratory sessions in this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual weighted assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. To satisfactorily complete the laboratory attendance and participation component a student must obtain the mark of 1 for that assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Penalties for late submission of required work: If students submit assignments/assessment 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 will 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: (a) achieve at least 50% of the available weighted marks for the combined summative assessment items; (b) meet the laboratory attendance and participation requirements and (c) achieve at least 50% of the available weighted marks for the clinical skills assessment.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis that the student has met the laboratory attendance requirements and achieved a mark of 50% or higher for the clinical skills assessment and meet the required aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Exams in this course are restricted: 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: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information or be programmed (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination). Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination. Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate 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 week two of the semester following this course offering. The examiner will advise students involved in writing of the date, time and location of any such examination.

  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. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. The Faculty accepts and expects assignments to be submitted electronically through EASE .

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

  6. Students who for medical, family, personal or employer related reasons are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to the examiner to defer an assessment in the 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 make-up work).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

Other requirements

  1. Students need to be conversant with and will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. 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.