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NUR2499 Clinical B: Nursing Care in Context

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: Victoria Parker


Pre-requisite: (NUR2199 and NUR2100 and NUR1140 and NUR2099 and NUR2000) Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing


Nursing is a diverse practice profession and the inclusion of a sequence of professional experience courses is fundamental to ensure that the graduand is a safe beginning practitioner. Clinical roles and responsibilities for Registered Nurses focus on the concepts of caring, holistic care, best clinical practice, oral and written professional communication, professional values including integrity and ethical decision-making and critical thinking including reflection on practice. It is therefore essential that students have a sound grounding in the application of theoretical principles of nursing practice and an understanding of professionalism required by the Registered Nurse for quality patient care.


This course will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the performance and responsibilities required for safe practice. NUR2499, allows the student nurse to develop their professional interactions, therapeutic relationships, nursing care practices associated with caring for individuals, families and significant others, critical thinking and clinical decision making within a medical or surgical clinical setting. (NUR2100 is a pre-requisite). The aim is to develop skills introduced in prior lab and clinical courses (NUR2099; and NUR2199) and to apply knowledge learnt from past or concurrent theoretical courses. Students will be required to be reflective about their clinical practice experiences for both their professional development and lifelong learning journey. Students will participate in a 160 hour clinical placement and be assessed at the interim and end stages using an assessment tool consistent with the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse.


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 (ANMC Competency 1 and 2) (U1. Ethical research and enquiry skills)
  2. Integrate and apply knowledge of the independent and collaborative role of nursing to nursing practice situations (ANMC Competency 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
  3. Demonstrate through both written and oral communication and 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 critically 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 (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. Perform clinical procedures under appropriate Registered Nurse supervision, that have been introduced in the pre-requisite course NUR2199 Clinical AA: Situated Practice (ANMC Competency 9)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Provision of evidenced based patient/ client care 70.00
2. Client education 5.00
3. Professional communication and documentation 5.00
4. Patient safety / quality nursing care improvements 10.00
5. Medications, knowledge skills safety 5.00
6. Reflective practice 5.00

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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  • Brown, D & Edwards, H (Eds) 2010, Lewis' medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems, 2nd (Revised) edn, Elsevier Australia, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Dempsy, J, French, J, Hillege, S, & Wilson, V 2009, Fundamentals of nursing & midwifery a person-centred approach to care, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Pty Ltd, NSW.
  • Instructional Guide 2012, Course Guide NUR2499 2012, Clinical B Nursing care in context, includes clinical evaluation tools.
    (Available on study desk.)
  • Queensland Health 2010, Essential Requirements for Clinical Placement, viewed 19 May 2011,
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Harvard's nursing guide to drugs, 8th edn, Elsevier-Mosby, Marrickville, N.S.W.
  • Tollefson, J 2010, Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing students, 4th edn, Thomas Learning Australia, 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, Ambler PA.
  • Levett-Jones, T & Bourgeois, S 2007, The Clinical Placement: an essential guide for nursing students, Elsevier, Sydney.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2011, Codes and Guidelines, viewed 12 May 2011,
    (The above AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) link site provides direct access to the following documents: ? Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct ? Competency Standards ? Professional Practice Guidelines ? Decision Making Framework ? Professional Boundaries.)
  • Stagnitti, K., Schoo, A & Welch, D 2010, Clinical Fieldwork and Placement, Oxford University Press, Sydney.
  • Swearingen, PL 2008, All-in-one care planning resource, 2nd edn, Mosby Elsevier, Missouri, USA.

Student workload requirements

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

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CLIN EVAL/TIME SHEET/HO REPORT 1 90 12 Nov 2012 (see note 1)
INTERIM EVALUATION REPORT 1 1 12 Nov 2012 (see note 2)
POST CLINICAL REFLECTION 1 9 12 Nov 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Due 1 week after completion of student's allocated clinical placement
  2. Interim Evaluation is to be signed by student and preceptor then dispatched to examiner within 2 days after student has completed 10 clinical shifts.
  3. Due 1 week after completion of students' allocated clinical placement.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's 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 shift 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 item a, 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 about 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 Performance Evaluation Tool/Timesheet satisfactorily, students must obtain a mark of ?1?. To achieve a mark of ?1?, students must complete attendance of 160 hours of placement in the allocated time and submit a completed timesheet and achieve each of the competencies to a satisfactory (S) level.

    To complete the Interim Evaluation Tool satisfactorily, students must obtain a mark of ?1?. To achieve a mark of ?1?, students must obtain the signature of their preceptor/mentor on the completed Interim Evaluation and submit this to the examiner within two days after completing 10 shifts of the clinical practice.
    To complete the Post Clinical Reflection satisfactorily, students must obtain a mark of ?1?. To achieve a mark of ?1?, student must fulfil the requirements stated in the study materials on the StudyDesk.

  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 will apply for each working day late up to 10 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 the Clinical Evaluation and Timesheet, the Interim Evaluation Tool and the Post Clinical Reflection, and achieve the mark of ?1? available for each assessment item. 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. Note that a conceded pass is not available in this course due to accreditation requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

  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 examination 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. A Conceded Pass is not available in this Clinical Course.

  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 the 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.

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

  6. 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.

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.

  3. 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 due date which is given for SONIA allocations for the current semester's clinical placement or a clinical placement cannot be offered. These documents include: (A) Current CPR Certificate (B) Completion of a Queensland Health Orientation and Deed Polls C) submission of the Hepatitis B titre declaration and titre results, (D) Suitability for Working with Children (Blue Card) and a Police Certificate. 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.