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NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Quality, Safety and Risk
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 26 May 2019


Examiner: Jackie Lea


Pre-requisite: NUR2000 and NUR2300 and NUR2204 and NUR2299


Students entering healthcare environments need to have adequate knowledge and skills that can mitigate risk associated with patient care and broader health care issues. High-risk concepts include consumer centered care, inter-professional communication, medication management, interpretation and processing of subjective and objective data, infection control, manual handling, and the Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care. In addition, students require digital literacy and excellent communication skills.


Students will explore safety and quality principles and standards with particular focus on integrated risk management, corporate and clinical governance, root cause analysis, and evidence based applications as they relate to positive patient care outcomes. In addition, students will learn and apply legislative and professional standards as they relate to inter-professional practice. Students will develop skills in a simulated laboratory setting to apply principles of quality, safety and risk in practice.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse and apply the concepts of integrated risk management as they relate to inter-professional healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of digital literacy and communication to promote and lead patient safety initiatives and wellbeing as they relate to inter-professional care.
  3. Describe and apply risk management legislation, regulations, policies, and or guidelines when making decisions.
  4. Understand and demonstrate corporate and clinical governance as it relates to quality and safety standards and the importance of leading risk mitigation in healthcare.
  5. Understand the principles of open disclosure, complaints management, and evidence based healthcare, and ethical frameworks as they relate to safety and quality.
  6. Develop clinical reasoning and build on psychomotor skills as they relate to complex patient care simulations.
  7. Synthesise and apply principles or quality, safety and risk management into simulated healthcare practice settings.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Integrated risk management and lessons from industry: Including legal and professional mandates; Risk Management Frameworks and inter-professional communication 30.00
2. Psychomotor skills and the role of the nurse in managing high risk clinical scenarios 30.00
3. Corporate and clinical governance as it relates to quality, safety and risk in healthcare. 20.00
4. Identifying gaps for research prioritisation and evidence based practice utilization. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.
Berman, A (2015), Kozier and Erb’s fundamentals of nursing, 3rd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia.
Lemone, P. & Burke, K (2016), Medical Surgical Nursing Critical Thinking in Person-Centred Care, 3rd Australian edn, Pearson, Australia.
Richardson-Tench, M., Nicholson, P., Taylor, B., & Kermode, S (2018), Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health: Evidence for Best Practice:, 6th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2007) ‘National framework for the development of decision-making tools for nursing and midwifery practice’. Retrieved 05 January 2015.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2010) ‘A nurse’s guide to professional boundaries’. Retrieved 05 January 2015.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016). Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 75.00
Online Lectures 12.00
Online Tutorials 26.00
Residential Schools 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Evidence Based Practice Assign 70 35 10 Sep 2019
Clinical Laboratory Part&Asses 50 19 25 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
Residential School Attendance 1 1 25 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
Exam (Multiple Choice) 100 45 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Lab Attendance and Clinical Skills consists of attendance and participation in lab learning and completion of defined clinical skills worksheets and psychomotor development activities.
  2. Residential school attendance is required at a minimum of 80% laboratory attendance.
  3. This will be a Closed Examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend a minimum of 80% of the Laboratory and Workshop activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    2. Students must attempt all assessment items. To satisfactorily complete the Residential School Attendance assessment students must attend the residential school and achieve 80% (a mark of 1). To satisfactorily complete all other assessment students must attempt these the assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each 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 attempt all items and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), by achieving a mark of 1 for Lab Attendance.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  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 items for the course and have satisfactorily completed the Proficiency Hurdle assessment items.

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  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 familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. 2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.¬referencing¬guide

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.

2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against the: internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independen t accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at