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NUR1202 Professional Identity

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Professional Identity
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 February 2020


Examiner: Coralie Graham


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Organisations impact greatly on many aspects of our personal and professional lives. They define the way services are delivered through communication channels and policies and standards. The professional formation of being a nurse is integral within the health care system as Registered nurses are responsible and accountable for their own practice as regulated health professionals. The role of the nurse is fundamental in the monitoring and function of health care systems. Knowing the role of the nurse through leadership, followership, team building and conflict resolution forms a base to the professional formation of being a nurse. To successfully transition as a Registered Nurse undergraduate nursing students require knowledge of their own discipline as well as the interdisciplinary health team and the Australian health care system.


In this course undergraduate nursing students are introduced to fundamental elements influencing professional identity formation. Students reflect on personal skills and attributes to situate themselves within a developing professional identity. The professional nursing role will be explored within legal and ethical frameworks, professional relationships, leadership and management philosophies and boundaries with patients, families, and other health professionals.


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

  1. Describe the history and development of nursing as a profession.
  2. Explain personal values and attributes that complement professional identity formation.
  3. Examine the professional role of the Registered Nurse in organisational structures, climate and culture.
  4. Examine the roles of the Registered Nurse within professional, legal, and ethical frameworks as they relate to the profession of nursing.
  5. Describe opportunities to develop clinical leadership attributes and conflict resolution strategies within the role of the Registered Nurse.


Description Weighting(%)
1. History and development of nursing: global and Australia 20.00
2. Exploring the interface of self-identity and professional identity formation; "being an RN" 20.00
3. Role of nursing in Australia in the provision of person centred collaborative care. 10.00
4. Role of the registered nurse including the criteria of "profession", standards of practice 20.00
5. Understanding roles and boundaries in therapeutic relationships and issues of power imbalance; caring for vulnerable populations 10.00
6. Accountability, clinical leadership, supervision, delegation, and collaboration within the intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary team. 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.
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 45.00
Directed Study 92.00
Online Lectures 14.00
Tutorials 14.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 50 35 09 Sep 2020
EXAM 100 45 End S2 (see note 1)

  1. 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 and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the examination students must achieve at least 40% of the marks available. 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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    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 (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) 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.

  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. 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 independent 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

Date printed 26 February 2020