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NUR2199 Clinical AA Situated Practice

Semester 3, 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: Lyn Forrest
Moderator: Natasha Reedy


Pre-requisite: (NUR2000 and NUR2099) or (NUR2000 and NUR1099 and NUR1140 and NUR1200)

Other requisites

Recommended prior study: NUR1200 and BIO1203


Nursing is a practice profession and as such the inclusion of a sequence of professional skill experience is fundamental to ensure safe practice not only as a beginning practitioner, but also as a student, during actual clinical courses. This course, consistent with the Philosophy of the Department of Nursing, enables the student to blend foundational knowledge, together with critical thinking and professional nursing skills.


This course applies the concepts of personal and client vulnerability, safety, fundamentals of nursing care, advocacy and medico-legal aspects from a bio-psycho-social perspective. It promotes a holistic approach to client assessment and management as students extend their prior learning by applying simulated learning situations to their clinical experiences. This will facilitate the development of students' personal and therapeutic communication skills with the aim of producing learners who are able to demonstrate assessment skills, ability to priortise care, critical thinking, reflection and safe transfer of theory from the simulated situations to the real world of practice and to their subsequent courses of study. A clinical practicum experience is incorporated in this course to enable students to apply their learning to the 'real world of nursing practice.'


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Conduct clinical practice which can be ethically justified and in accordance with legislation and common law under the supervision of the RN (ANMC Competency 1 and 2) (1.Ethical research and enquiry skills)
  2. Integrate and apply knowledge of the independent and collaborative role of nursing to nursing practice situations under the supervision of the RN (ANMC Competency 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  3. Demonstrate through both written and oral communication and fundamental care planning the preservation of an individual's integrity and awareness of their unique values, beliefs, customs and culture, which provide the framework for that individual's experience of health, illness, or death (ANMC Competency 2, 9, 10) (U4. Written and oral communication skills, U5. Interpersonal skills, U6. Teamwork, U7.Cultural literacy skills; U8. Management, planning & organisation skills)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse events and intervene appropriately to plan, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate nursing care for vulnerable clients experiencing compromised health by using systematic data collection and effective clinical reasoning strategies, incorporating evidenced-based practice under the supervision of the RN (ANMC Competency 3, 4 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10) (U2. Problem solving, U3. Academic and professional literacy, U4. Written and oral communication skills)
  5. Safely administer medications to clients and provide appropriate client teaching related to safe use of medications under supervision of the RN.
  6. Perform clinical procedures under appropriate supervision of the RN, that have been introduced in the pre-requisite courses NUR1099, NUR1140, NUR2000, NUR2800 (ANMC Competency 9)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Applying assessment models in practice: nursing care of patients/clients: assessment skills, planning, delivering care and evaluating outcomes; biophysical and holistic perspective ; critical thinking; reflective practice

Provision of evidenced based nursing care nursing care, applying fundamentals / principles of nursing care - medication administration; application of fundamental psychomotor skills; trans-cultural principles; advocacy; medico legal-aspects

Therapeutic interactions with clients experiencing health problems: personal and client vulnerability; problems of homeostasis (including burdens of disease);

Professional and therapeutic communication: written, oral, patient education.

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. Hillage, S. Wilson, V 2009, Fundamentals of Nursing & Midwifery: a Person Centered Approach to Care, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Pty. Ltd, Broadway, NSW.
  • Faculty of Sciences 2012, Course Information Guide - Course NUR2199 Clinical Practice AA: Situated Practice.
    (Available USQ Study Desk NUR2199 site.)
  • Levett-Jones T & Bourgeois S 2010, The Clinical Placement, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood NSW.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2011, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, Codes and Guidelines, viewed 19 May 2011,
  • Queensland Health 2010, Essential Requirements for Clinical Placement, viewed 19 May 2011, http://ttp://
  • Stagnitti, K., Schoo, A & Welch, D 2010, Clinical Fieldwork and Placement, Oxford University Press, Sydney.
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Harvard's Nuring Guide to Drugs, 8th edn, Elsevier-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Tollefson, J 2010, Clinical Psychomotor Skills: Assessment Tools for Nursing Students, 4th edn, Thomson Learning Australia Pty Ltd, South Melbourne.

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.
  • Beverage, D (ed.) 2008, Assessment Made Incredibly Easy, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Brown, D & Edwards, H 2009, Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Marrickville, NSW.
  • Jenkins, G & Tortora, G 2007, Anatomy and Physiology: From Science to Life, 6th edn, Wiley, New York.
    (ISBN: 047081280X, Pack includes textbook, DVD & Wiley Plus Access card for online access.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Clinical Debriefing or Reflection Sessions 5.00
Clinical Experience 160.00
Private Study 5.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CLINICAL EVAL & TIMESHEET 1 90 14 Nov 2012 (see note 1)
INTERIM EVAL REPORT 1 1 14 Nov 2012 (see note 2)
POST CLINICAL REFLECTION 1 9 14 Nov 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Due 2 weeks after completion of student's allocated clinical placement.
  2. Due date of Interim evaluation is to be received by examiner within two (2) days after student has completed 10 clinical shifts
  3. Due 2 weeks after completion of student's allocated clinical placement.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to : (a) attend 100% of the clinical placement period (160 hours) within the assigned weeks which have been allocated through the SONIA placement system. (b) attend all shifts as allocated at the beginning of the clinical placement by the preceptor or mentor ( these may involve day shifts, evening shifts, night shifts, weekend shifts and public holidays). Changes to rostered shifts will only be considered for extremely extenuating circumstances and require the written permission of the examiner of the course. (c)attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them as part of this practicum either on campus or at the clinical venue including orientation, briefing sessions, debriefing sessions, tutorials or in-service. (d) be informed of course-related activities and administration (e) access and obtain all material provided to complete course objectives and activities.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the clinical placement requirement, students must submit the reflective component to a satisfactory level, complete 100% attendance in the allocated time and submit a completed time sheet, and achieve each of the competencies to a satisfactory (S) level, thus achieving the score of (1) allocated for Clinical Practice. To satisfactorily complete the Interim Evaluation, students must obtain the signature of the preceptor / mentor on the clinical Interim Evaluation and submit this to the examiner within 2 days after completing 10 shifts of the clinical practice. To satisfactorily complete the Post Clinical Reflection, students must submit to the examiner by the due date and receive a satisfactory mark (pass) on this piece to achieve the allocated mark of (1).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit required assignments late without the approval of the examiner they can expect to be given a score of 0. A Fail grade for the course will then result.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must satisfactorily complete all pieces of assessment, and achieve the (1) allocated mark for each of the pieces of assessment:1) the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool & Time Sheet, 2) the Post Clinical Reflection and 3) the Interim Evaluation Report. As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified fo a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no Eexamination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations. There is no supplementary clinical time. The objectives for clinical practice must be satisfactorily completed within the allocated time or a failed grade will result.

  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 will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. Clinical Evaluation Tools must be submitted as the original document with signatures of the supervising Registered Nurse.

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Students of clinical courses must submit the following documents to the Faculty Office by the due date which is set for the current semester by the Director of clinical Schools or a clinical placement cannot be offered. These documents include: (A) Current CPR Certification, (B) Completion of the Queensland Health Orientation and Deed Polls, (C) submission of the Hepatitis B titre declaration & titre results, (D) suitability for Working with Children (Blue Card). Failure to adhere to submission of all required documentation by the due date will result in the student being unable to attend a clinical placement and a failed grade in the course.

Other requirements

  1. Students of clinical courses must submit the following documents, to the Faculty Office by the due date set for the current semester by the Director of Clinical Schools or a clinical placement can not be offered. These documents include: a) Current CPR Certification b) Completion of the Queensland Health Orientation Deed Polls c) Submission of Hepatitis B titre declaration and titre results d) Signed and dated declaration on Page 3 of the Clinical Placement Handbook and e) Suitability of Working with Children (Blue Card) f) Police Check. Failure to adhere to the submission of all required documentation by the due date will result in the student being unable to attend a clinical placement and a failed grade in the course.