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NUR3099 Clinical D: Nursing for Communities

Semester 2, 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: Jayln Rose
Moderator: Coralie Graham


Pre-requisite: NUR2100 and NUR2199 and NUR2000 and NUR2400 and NUR2500. Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: NSC2500 and NUR3030


Contemporary nursing practice for Registered Nurses is situated within a wide variety of heath care settings. This student professional experience placement provides opportunities to practice and evaluate care for individuals, families and populations within diverse community settings. From such experiences students are able to identify and evaluate a variety of health care models and practices aimed at both primary and secondary health care for the greater population.


Students will be able to observe and critically appraise the nurse's role in delivering primary, secondary or tertiary care within a variety of settings. This course allows for a scaffolding of experiential skills, application of knowledge and an integration of pre and co-requisite course theory and practice, such as NUR2400: Models of Nursing Care, and NUR3030: Indigenous Health and Cross Cultural Care, to augment clinical knowledge and experience in this course. Students are required to complete 160 hours of clinical practice in placements including rural and remote hospitals or health care centres, community health settings, domiciliary health, Indigenous communities and health centres, correctional centres, schools, drug rehabilitation centres and palliative and hospice care units, medical centres, disability services centres, renal units and day oncology units. The course provides facilitated or preceptored clinical placement opportunities for students to demonstrate competency as assessed in the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool which partially fulfils requirements of 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)
  2. Integrate and apply knowledge of prior and concurrent theory and clinical courses to clinical practice to promote safe, culturally inclusive and efficacious nursing care for community clients. (ANMC Competency 1, 2, 3, 5 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  3. Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse client health care needs within a community to plan, implement and evaluate care through clinical reasoning which incorporates evidenced-based research. (ANMC Competency 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in both oral and written communication to ensure quality therapeutic outcomes for clients in community settings. (ANMC Competency 1, 4, 8, 9, 10)
  5. Perform and evaluate clinical procedures with appropriate supervision, which have been introduced in the pre-requisite courses NUR2199 Clinical AA: Situated Practice. (ANMC 7, 8, 9, 10)
  6. critically reflect on practice during the community practicum and identify opportunities for further personal and/or professional development.(ANMC, 4)


Description Weighting(%)
  1. Provision of evidenced based patient care
  2. Community based assessment,' incorporating the health needs of an individual and / or groups in a particular community. The framework used may include primary, secondary and tertiary health care principles
  3. Client education
  4. Therapeutic communication strategies for clients
  5. Professional communication and documentation standards
  6. Patient safety / quality improvement
  7. Medications: knowledge, skills, safety
  8. Professional boundaries of practice

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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  • 2008, Assessment Made Incredibly Easy, 4th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Ambler, PA.
  • Brown, D & Edwards, H 2009, Lewis' medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems, Elsevier Australia, Marrrickville, N.S.W.
  • 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 edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Broadway, NSW.
  • Instructional Guide 2012, Course NUR3099 Clinical D: Nursing for Communities, including Clinical Evaluation Tool, USQ Publication, Toowoomba.
  • Kralik, D & van Loon, A (eds) 2008, Community Nursing in Australia, Blackwell, Carlton, VIC.
  • Queensland Health 2010, Essential Requirements for Clinical Placement, viewed 19 May 2011,
  • Tiziani, A 2009, Harvard's Nursing Guide to Drugs, 8th edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.
  • Tollefson, J 2010, Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing students, 4th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.

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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Clinical Debriefing or Reflection Sessions 4.00
Clinical Experience 160.00
Private Study 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CLINICAL DEBRIEF ONLINE 1 9 09 Nov 2012 (see note 1)
CLINICAL EVAL & TIMESHEET 1 90 09 Nov 2012 (see note 2)
INTERIM EVALUATION REPORT 1 1 09 Nov 2012 (see note 3)

  1. Please note that the assessment is due at 1700hrs on the due date. Due dates for Blocks A, B and mentorship will be advised by the examiner on Study desk.
  2. Please note that the assessment is due at 1700hrs on the due date. Due dates for Blocks A, B and mentorship will be advised by the examiner on Study desk.
  3. Please note that the assessment is due at 1700hrs on the due date. Due dates for Blocks A, B and mentorship will be advised by the examiner on Study desk.

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 activities.
    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 Evaluation and 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 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 Online 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 required assignments late without the approval of the examiner they can expect to be given a score of 0 for the Clinical Evaluation and Timesheet. 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 pass in this course, students must submit the Clinical Evaluation and Timesheet, Interim Evaluation and Online Clincial 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.

  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. The Clinical Evaluation and Timesheet must be submitted in original form (no photocopies accepted) with original signatures visible.

  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.

Other requirements

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