|Semester 3, 2021 Ipswich On-campus|
|Short Description:||Acute Care in Practice|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||060301 - General Nursing|
|Grading basis :||Pass/Not Pass|
|Version produced :||28 January 2022|
Examiner: Michelle Cameron
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR2299
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Nursing is a practice profession that integrates the theoretical knowledge and practice within a range of settings. For an undergraduate nursing student the ability to link theory to practice is integral. This course relates to skills developed in the theory courses NUR2203 and NUR2204 Acute Care Across the Lifespan A and B. This course enables students to integrate theoretical knowledge into practice whilst caring for individuals with acute medical and surgical conditions. Students are able to apply beginning clinical skills of a Registered Nurse in accordance with the NMBA standards across a range of clinical settings.
In this course students are allocated to a clinical placement setting and undertake 160 hours of professional experience placement. Students learn concepts and skills related to acute care including pre and post-operative management, therapeutic communication skills, critical thinking, medication administration, team collaboration, reflection, clinical handover and decision making. The clinical practicum experience enables students to work within settings caring for individuals with acute medical and surgical conditions and to apply their learning to professional nursing practice.
On completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate competency towards the NMBA competency standards of practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse
- Analyse the potential for risk, hazard and quality in therapeutic procedures when caring for clients in clinical practice settings.
- Demonstrate appropriate technique in the administration of medications, infection control, manual handling and perform clinical procedural skills relating to the client with acute conditions or pre and post-operative care under appropriate supervision of a registered nurse
- Identify and demonstrate professional therapeutic oral and written communication skills and effective teamwork in interactions with peers and registered nurse supervisors within the clinical placement setting
- Demonstrate the ability to analyse events and to intervene appropriately commensurate with a second year level student to plan, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate care for clients with acute conditions or pre and post-operative care.
|1.||Clinical practice of fundamental nursing care including activities of daily living, medication administration; pre and postoperative care; application of fundamental psychomotor skills; transcultural principles; advocacy; medico legal aspects||30.00|
|2.||Application within the clinical placement settings of fundamental psychomotor skills inclusive of acute oxygenation and perfusion requirements, movement and coordination, acute musculo-skeletal injury, acute bowel and urinary dysfunction, surgical wound care, acute cardiac assessment and therapies, diagnostic procedures, and regulatory mechanisms.||30.00|
|3.||Clinical safety including infection control, manual handling, and identification of risk, patient’s rights, culturally appropriate care in alignment with the legal and ethical requirements of a nurse.||10.00|
|4.||Demonstration of procedural knowledge and theory and competent practice related to medication administration||10.00|
|5.||Apply assessment models in practice, of nursing care of patients/clients, utilise assessment skills, planning, implementation and evaluation of care outcomes; using a biophysical and holistic perspective, critical thinking; and reflective practice||20.00|
Text and Materials
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=03&subject1=NUR2399)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student Workload Expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Objectives Assessed||Notes|
|ANSAT Final ClinicalEvaluation||1||25||11 Feb 2022||1,2,3,4,5||(see note 1)|
|ANSAT Interim ClinicalEvaluat||1||25||11 Feb 2022||1,2,3,4,5||(see note 2)|
|Clinical Reflection||1||25||11 Feb 2022||3,4||(see note 3)|
|Clinical Timesheet||1||25||11 Feb 2022||4||(see note 4)|
- All other assessment items are to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 7 days after the student has completed the clinical placement.
- Interim Evaluation is to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 2 days after the student has completed 10 clinical shifts.
- Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes
- Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes
Important assessment information
It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities 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. Students MUST attend 100% of the clinical placement hours required for the course.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve 100% of the marks (mark of 1) for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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 and achieve 100% (a mark of 1) for each assessment item and satisfactorily complete the Clinical Experience.
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 a satisfactory completion of the required proficiency hurdles.
NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
There is no supplementary clinical time. If unforeseen circumstances occur resulting in incomplete hours in relation to the placement, deferred clinical participation may be granted in accordance with the USQ compelling and compassionate circumstances policy or in the event of a facility closure or relocation at the discretion of placement availability and suitability with respect to course objectives. Other than when compelling and compassionate circumstances are evident, the objectives for clinical practice must be satisfactorily completed within the allocated time or a failed grade will result.
Students have signed to acknowledge understanding of, and a commitment to, abiding by the Professional Experience Placement Declaration Guide. The student directions outlined within this guide must be followed and complied by students. Failure to meet the student obligations as outlined within the USQ Clinical Placement Declaration guide, relating to professional conduct whilst on placement, may result in the termination of the clinical placement and a fail grade.
American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
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.
- Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
- 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.
- Forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware
Students of clinical courses must submit the following mandatory documents to InPlace by the date given for the Professional Placement Office to allocate the current semester's clinical placement or a clinical placement will not be offered. To complete these documents go to the Mandatory Documents information on the Professional Practice Hub Study Desk (PPHub) and upload all forms to InPlace by the date specified each semester.
Working with Children check (6-12 weeks to obtain)
Pre filled application from the PPHub MUST be used to apply
All QLD applications MUST go through the Professional Placement Office and sent to Blue Card
See the Mandatory Documents List on PPHub for other state WWC links
Upload: Copy of WWC card OR QLD students ONLY can provide APHRA registration instead
Australian Police Certificate
3 year expiry
There is a list of acceptable providers on the PPHub
Upload: Copy of certificate
USQ Student Declaration
Document is located on the last page of the Professional Practice Handbook
Upload: Signed and witnessed Signature page at the commencement of each academic year
CPR Certificate (2- 3 weeks to obtain)
Must be renewed each year
Must be nationally accredited hands on training course
Upload: Copy of certificate
Queensland Health Student Orientation Requirements
Submit evidence only once
Not required from GUC students (WA)
Upload: Student Orientation Checklist (2 pages)
Upload: Deed Poll (Signature page only)
Queensland Health iLearn Certificates
5 Certificates must be renewed annually
Not required from GUC (WA) or Tasmania Students
Upload: Copy of each certificate
Upload: USQ branded VPD form
An accelerated Hepatitis B vaccination process (under 4 months) will NOT BE ACCEPTED
Influenza vaccination must be obtained at the start of flu season each year (usually April) and must be for the flu season for that year
Upload: Evidence of date of injection
Tuberculosis Risk Assessment form
Complete and submit prior to your first placement
Upload: Completed TB Risk Assessment form and evidence of clearance if required