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NUR3020 Professional Transitions

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Professional Transitions
Units : 1
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 : Graded


Examiner: Melissa Taylor


Pre-requisite: NUR1202 and (NUR2299 or NUR2399)


This course is intended to assist the student to make a successful transition from student to health practitioner within ethico-legal parameters of the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse. The course draws upon knowledge from both first and second year courses and extends ethico legal and clinical leadership principles to develop student transition into an autonomous and accountable Registered Nurse role in the health practice environment. Contemporary professional practice mandates that students comprehend their 'scope of practice' in order to practice within its parameters. In this course students are required to critique and clarify professional knowledge and how such knowledge is situated in relation to the philosophical underpinnings of care.


The course content will expand the ethico-legal aspects of nursing practice introduced in previous courses. Concepts include ethical decision making, 'Code of Conduct' and the legal parameters for nurses in clinical practice. Students will consolidate skills in critical thought and autonomous practice through clinical leadership principles that guide decision making and registered accountability in practice environments caring for individuals from birth to death. The formation of professional identity is explored relative to scope of practice, life-long learning and the care and decision making practices of the registered nurse in the health care environment.

This course contains a residential school for all students to attend.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply relevant legal and ethical principles to future health care practice situations at the level of a beginning Registered Nurse;
  2. Interpret, analyse and apply the nursing scope of practice in health related scenarios;
  3. Examine clinical leadership principles in nursing practice;
  4. Engage in critical discussion which explores the relationship between professional identity, role conflict and role boundaries;
  5. Interpret, analyse and explain professional formation through linking theoretical concepts of caring to clinical practice environments and lifelong learning;
  6. Apply exemplary communication in digital technologies and therapeutic relationships working with, and leading inter-professional teams in care decision making practices.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Consolidation of the theoretical and practical concepts of caring, collaboration and professional formation 25.00
2. Role of the registered nurse in Australia in ethico-legal decision making practice across the lifespan 25.00
3. Building clinical leadership capability through role formation, reflective practice and lifelong learning 25.00
4. Facilitation of contemporary digital technologies to enable therapeutic communications and relationships in health care. 25.00

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.
Chang, D., & Daly, J (2019), Transitions in nursing: Preparing for professional practice, 5th edn, Elsevier.
Staunton, P., & Chiarelle, M (2020), Law for nurses and midwives, 9th edn, Churchill Livingstone.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 87.00
Online Lectures 14.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Residential Schools 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 - Part A 40 20 22 Mar 2021 1,2,4,6
ASSIGNMENT 1 - Part B 60 30 19 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 50 31 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at residential school is recommended. It is the students' responsibility to 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.

  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. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements 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. Note that a conceded pass is not available in this 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 weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations in this course.

  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. Note that a conceded pass is not available in this course.

  3. 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

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 18 June 2021