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NUR2100 Episodes of Nursing Practice

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

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Examiner: Clint Moloney
Moderator: Melissa Taylor


Pre-requisite: NUR 1140 and NUR1200 and NUR2000 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNUR

Other requisites

Recommended prior study: NUR2099 and (BIO1203)


The registered nurse in a practitioner role is expected to undertake actions that meet the health care needs of individual patients/clients, their families and significant others at selected points of contact when an individual is presenting with an episode of illness. The role of the registered nurse requires both knowledge of expected illness patterns and knowledge of responses to therapeutic interventions to identify nursing actions which should be implemented independently or in collaboration with other health professionals. The conditions under study correlate with recognised priorities in Australian Health Care based on Burden of Disease studies. These areas will serve as a framework for the student to be able to plan and implement care for individuals and groups with biophysical and psychosocial needs both within and beyond the scope of this course and in a variety of contexts, complexities and settings.


Students will focus on selected topics to learn a basis for nursing assessment and planning of care for individuals requiring health care in secondary and tertiary health care settings and in home care and community nursing. Students will propose care for individuals based on an understanding of the underlying disease pathology, the expected medical and pharmacological treatment, and the scope of independent and collaborative nursing practice. The student will learn how to help patients meet their needs through direct intervention, by teaching patients and family members to perform care and lifestyle management, and by coordinating and collaborating with other professionals to provide required services. Case studies will be built around specific points of contact for the nurse with the patient/client. Critical thinking will be fostered to develop the ability of the student to adapt and apply concepts learned in this course to clinical situations and in subsequent courses within the Bachelor of Nursing program.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by writing planned nursing care for patients/clients seeking health care for a particular stage of their illness. (ANMC competency 7).
  2. Build upon a professional and ethical nursing framework knowledge base by Identify identifying the appropriate scope of practice of the registered nurse and proposing actions to respond effectively to unexpected or rapidly changing patient/client situations. (ANMC competency 2 and 7)
  3. Demonstrate professional communication in oral and written form (ANMC competency 9 and 10).
  4. Demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by Synthesising knowledge of:
    a) appropriate evidence-based nursing practice,
    b) the underlying principles of physiological responses,
    c) the impact of psychosocial influences, and
    d) the expected patient responses to therapeutic interventions. (ANMC competency3)
  5. Adapt concepts from the presented clinical situations to patients/clients with other physical conditions and psychosocial contexts. (ANMC competency 3,7 and 9)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cardiovascular disorders: Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, Acute Coronary Syndrome, heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, ECG tracings (sinus rhythm, bradycardia, tachycardia); 15.00
2. Neurological disorders: Increased intracranial pressure, Cerebrovascular accident - nursing the stroke patient in the early stages; rehabilitation from Stroke 15.00
3. Medical Emergencies related to presented modules: head injury, diabetic ketoacidosis, musculoskeletal injury, acute cancer episodes, fractures and trauma, acute respiratory compromise, renal failure, resuscitation/shock 10.00
4. Musculoskeletal disorders: Chronic conditions, Joint replacement, trauma, fractures 10.00
5. Diabetes Mellitus: Acute presentation, lifestyle management; 10.00
6. Respiratory disorders; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Emphysema; chronic bronchitis; Asthma 15.00
7. Cancers: general Cancer Treatment; Colorectal, Haematological 15.00
8. Renal disorders: Uraemic syndrome (dialysis); chronic renal failure, acute renal failure 10.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Brown, D & Edwards, H 2008, Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Havard's nursing guide to drugs, 8th edn, Elsevier-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • University of Southern Queensland 2011, Instructional Guide, Course NUR2100.
    (USQ StudyDesk.)

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.
  • Bryant, B, Knights, K & Salerno, E 2006, Pharmacology for health professionals, 2nd edn, Elsevier Science, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Dempsey, French, Hillege & Wilson 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: A person-centred approach to Care, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Broadway NSW 2007.
  • Jenkins, G, Kemnitz, C & Tortura, G 2007, Anatomy and Physiology: From Science to Life, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.
    (Pack includes textbook, DVD & WileyPlus Access card for online access.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 107.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 20 15 17 Apr 2012 (see note 1)
IN-CLASS ASSESSMENT 20 15 01 May 2012 (see note 2)
PTA OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM CMA 40 35 End S1 (see note 3)
PTB OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM 20 35 End S1 (see note 4)

  1. Specific objectives and assignment tasks for this piece of assessment will be given to the student at the commencement of the semester. Dates will be provided by the examiner at the commencement of the semester.
  2. Specific objectives and assignment tasks for this piece of assessment will be given to the student at the commencement of the semester. Dates will be provided by the examiner at the commencement of the semester.
  3. End of semester exam schedules are published by the University.
  4. End of semester exam schedules are published by the University.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    In order to achieve course objectives, attendance at and participation in all learning activities are strongly advised. 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 and regular lectures delivered in person. Lectures will be a combination of scheduled lectures and 'Directed' lectures (via Study Desk).

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks. (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% 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 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 the final period of the semester following this course offering. Students are required to refer to the University posted exam schedule for the date and time of this exam.

  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 submit the assignment via EASE on USQ Connect.

  2. 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.

  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 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 - 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 of the course 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. 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. 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, 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 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 reasonable 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.