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NUR3201 Quality, Safety and Risk

Semester 1, 2021 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 : Band 1
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Kelly Foster


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 critical thinking 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., Snyder, S. J., Levett-Jones, T., Burton, P. & Harvey, N (2017), Skills in clinical nursing, 8th edn, Pearson.
Lemone, P & Burke, K (2016), Medical surgical nursing critical thinking in person-centred care, 3rd edn, Pearson.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2007), National framework for the development of decision-making tools for nursing and midwifery practice, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2010), A nurse’s guide to professional boundaries, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016), Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Board of 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.

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 Objectives Assessed Notes
Online Quiz 1 50 20 01 Apr 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Evidence Based Practice Assign 70 45 20 Apr 2021 2,3
Online Quiz 2 50 20 28 May 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Online Activities 50 14 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 (see note 1)
Residential School Attendance 1 1 04 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 (see note 2)

  1. Further details will be provided by the course examiner during the semester.
  2. Residential school attendance is required at a minimum of 80% laboratory and workshop attendance. The residential school attendance includes attendance at both the workshop (6 hours) and the laboratory activities (6 hours).

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend 80% of the Residential School scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them. It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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 the Residential School Attendance assessment students must attend the residential school and achieve 80% (a mark of 1). 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 (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Proficiency) ), i.e. achieved 80% (mark of 1) for the Lab Attendance.

  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:
    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.

  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. 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 14 April 2021