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NUR2400 Nursing Models of Care

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: April Martin
Moderator: Helen Nutter


Pre-requisite: CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140 and NUR1200 and NUR1099 and NUR2000 and BIO1203 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNUR


Contemporary health care delivery models demand nursing care at any point of the health care continuum in a variety of health care contexts. Nursing knowledge needs to reflect such diversity of practice and patient acuity to meet the holistic needs of clients within a variety of clinical practice settings. Development of the appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills of nurses for diverse health care contexts is essential for quality client outcomes. To achieve quality outcomes Registered Nurses need to work in partnership with individuals, families and communities, as well as collaboratively with other health disciplines to manage the increasing complexity of health service delivery.


This course builds upon the knowledge and skills obtained from prior study including the pre-requisite courses. Students will have the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and critical skills to be able to deal with clients/patients living with the physical and psychological effects of disease. In doing so students will be able to extend practise to accommodate the complexity of diverse practice settings. These settings may include 'hospital in the home'; community care; transitions from high acuity to community care; family centred care; paediatric care settings; palliative care; high dependency units; acute care; domiciliary care.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply theory and best practice evidence to assess, plan, therapeutically intervene and evaluate the care for clients in various health care contexts;
  2. Compare and contrast evidence for practice to identify the most effective interventions for health maintenance and enhancement;
  3. Identify levels of prevention and their place in the continuum of care;
  4. Recognise and address the needs of culturally diverse, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;
  5. Apply principles of partnership and collaboration to a variety of health care contexts for multidisciplinary care;
  6. Discuss care transition measures to facilitate liaison between contexts of care;
  7. Critically analyse contemporary best practice models of care in a variety of health contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Health Care system and contemporary nursing practice. 10.00
2. Principles of nursing care management for effective models of care, for example: partnership, co-ordination; communication; liaison; co-operation; collaboration; critical thinking; competency; cultural safety; ethical practice; continuity; caring, developmental perspectives; therapeutic evidenced based practice. 40.00
3. Contemporary nursing and models of care e.g. hospital in the home; acute and transitional care; chronic care in the community palliative care; acute paediatric and adult care; family-centred care. 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Lemone, P, Burke, JM, Dwyer, T, Levett-Jones, T, Moxham, L, Reid-Searl, K, Berry, K, Carville, K, Hales, M, Knox, N Luxford, Y & Raymond, D 2013, Medical-surgical nursing: Critical thinking in client care, 2nd Australian edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

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.
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) 2006, Code of Professional Conduct for nurses in Australia, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council, Dickson, ACT,
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) 2006, National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council, Dickson, ACT,
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) 2008, Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council, Dickson, ACT,
    <http://A nurses guide to professional>.
  • Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMC) 2010, A nurses guide to professional boundaries, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council,
  • Brown, D & Edwards, H 2012, Lewis's medical surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems, 3rd edn, Elsevier, Marrickville.
  • Farrel, M & Dempsey, J 2011, Smeltzer & Bare's textbook of medical-surgical nursing, 2nd edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Broadway, NSW.
  • Kralik, D & van Loon, A 2011, Community nursing in Australia, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.
  • McMurray, A & Clendon, J 2010, Community health and wellness: sociological approach, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia 2010, Guidelines for mandatory notification, Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2011, Codes and Guidelines, viewed 07 July 2013,
    (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.)
  • O'Connor, M, Lee S. & Aranda, S (eds) 2012, Palliative care nursing: A guide to practice, 3rd edn, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne.
  • Tiziani A 2013, Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs, 9th edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Group Work 15.00
Lectures 13.00
Online Exercises 8.00
Private Study 54.00
Self Directed 60.00
Tutorials 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
GP Presentation Poster 70 35 26 Oct 2015 (see note 1)
ONLINE ACTIVITIES x 5 5 5 26 Oct 2015 (see note 2)
PT A OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM MC 30 30 End S2 (see note 3)
PT B OF 2HR RESTRICTED EXAM SA 30 30 End S2 (see note 4)

  1. Dates for this item will be supplied by the examiner at the commencement of the semester.
  2. Dates for this item will be supplied by the examiner at the commencement of the semester.
  3. The exam will be conducted in the central exam period.
  4. The exam will be conducted in the central exam period.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories , self-directed learning and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 available for that assessment. (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:
    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 achieve at least 50% of 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:
    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 (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 next examination period.

  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 submit the assignment electronically or as instructed. 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 NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. Students who do not have regular mail services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations will be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course as soon as possible to make arrangements for this.

  6. In the event that an assignment is due on a public holiday in their local area such as a show day, the due date will be the next day. Students must note on the assignment cover the date of the show day for the examiner's convenience.

  7. Students who for medical, family, personal or employer related reasons are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to the examiner to defer an assessment in the 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 make-up work).

  8. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, 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 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.