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ANP8010 Situational Practice: clinical and critical decision making skills

Semester 2, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Cheryl Ross
Moderator: Cheryl Perrin


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MMHN or PMHN or MNRS or MNSG or PDEV

Other requisites

Students must be enrolled in the GCHH (Scheduled Medicines) to enrol in this course.

Access to high-level computers is essential for students taking this program. For up-to-date advice on computing requirements, please see //
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Registered Nurses in an Advanced Practice role are required to have educational preparation and able to use extended and expanded skills and knowledge to make critical, clinical decisions that impact on positive patient outcomes.
This course provides the foundational knowledge to enable the APN to work within the guidelines of the ANMC protocol for the National Decision-Making Framework.


Working in independent advanced nursing practice demands high level skills in critical reasoning and clinical decision-making. The practitioner's ability to critically evaluate and analyse all data concerning both simple and complex presentations underpins these advanced skills. This course facilitates the student to apply advanced nursing competency domains in decision making to ensure safe and accountable practice.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. conceptualise and plan advanced nursing practice by applying critical reasoning using a clinical decision-making framework
  2. formulate health care decisions that are legally and professionally justifiable
  3. coordinate and lead practice to collaborate and negotiate quality patient/client health outcomes with other members of the health care team.
  4. adhere to the appropriate legislative practice in the state/territory of health care context
  5. adapt practice to apply risk assessment and mitigation strategies within complex organisations to achieve optimum safe practice.
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Critical reasoning this module builds on the student?s professional practice applying critical reasoning, decision-making processes, problem-solving, and diagnostic reasoning to develop a systematic approach to care situations. 40.00
2. Professional and legal issues - develops the student?s understanding and application of the professional and legal issues that impact on advanced nursing practice. 40.00
3. Risk management ? recognition and stratification of risk, strategic interventions, evaluation and continuous improvement of patient care. 20.00

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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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
  • Daly, J Seedy, S & Jackson, D 2014, Contexts of Nursing: preparing for professional practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 45.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 50 40 09 Sep 2015
Situated Case Study 50 50 10 Oct 2015
Competency Assessment 1 1 30 Oct 2015
e-Portfolio 9 9 30 Oct 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all assessment items, achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and pass the competency assessment.

  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 obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

Other requirements

  1. 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.