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NUR2101 Episodes of Care A

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Helen Nutter


Pre-requisite: (NUR1398 or NUR1299) and NUR1203
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR1399


Registered nurses are required to be adaptable to practise in a variety of health care settings with competent theoretical and evidence-based knowledge directed to making clinical judgements for optimal individual care outcomes. Illness episodes often require complex and diverse interventions, necessitating critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills to ensure safe individual outcomes. Competent and safe practice requires registered nurses to be able to assess; discriminate between and prioritise individual data; apply appropriate theory and evidenced based research for individual care interventions and to problem solve and think critically in response to changing individual scenarios. Preparing future registered nurses for evidence-based practice in the context of national and regional health priorities is essential to developing knowledgeable, skilled, safe, and ethical nursing professionals.

As per the BNSG Program Rules, students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in a course. This program rule forms part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

This theoretical course is designed to develop and augment requisite knowledge to care for individuals and families across the lifespan in a variety of health care contexts. In this course, students will examine both national and regional health priorities and current theoretical and evidenced based health care practice to manage episodes of illness or injury. Clinical reasoning frameworks for clinical decision making will be used to augment clinical judgment and critical thinking development. Students will engage with a variety of health care cases and develop skills in comprehensive and focused assessment, identification of individual problems, prioritisation, and nursing care interventions, to promote optimal biopsychosocial individual outcomes. Relevant concepts in pathophysiology; life span, cultural competency, and ethico-legal considerations; will be applied to the care of individuals, families within various health care contexts. Pharmacological and non- pharmacological treatment options will be examined along with the independent, collaborative and interprofessional roles of the nurse.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of learning and teaching strategies complementary to an inquiry-based approach throughout the semester.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Discuss diverse health concerns within the Australian context, including a selection of local (regional) and National Health Priorities across the lifespan.
  2. Apply skills in critical thinking, clinical decision making, through assessing and prioritising care, and, applying evidence for individual care interventions including, ethico-legal and cultural safety considerations in various health care contexts.
  3. Determine and differentiate nurse initiated and collaborative care for individual's experiencing health episodes in diverse health care contexts.
  4. Apply the underlying pathophysiology of health concerns and their pharmacological and non-pharmacological management to individual care episodes.
  5. Clearly explain the impact of disease from a biopsychosocial perspective across the lifespan for individuals and families.
  6. Examine the independent and collaborative roles of the nurse caring for individuals within the diverse inter-professional care context.


Description Weighting(%)
1. A selection of local and National Heath Priorities including diabetes, asthma, heart disease and arthritis. 10.00
2. Concepts and frameworks underpinning clinical reasoning and clinical judgment, critical thinking and prioritising care, assessment, identifying individual issues / problems and the application of evidence to inform nursing care approaches. 25.00
3. Injury, acute and chronic disruptions to individual and family health and nurse initiated, collaborative and interprofessional care responses across health care settings. Concepts include care of the pre and post-operative individual; systems reviewed include, sensory (pain management), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and integument. 50.00
4. Lifespan, cultural safety, ethico-legal considerations of nursing care applied to individuals and families experiencing the impact of illness and disruptions to health. 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Brotto. V & Rafferty. K (2019), Clinical dosage calculations for Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edn, Cengage.
Brown, D., Edwards, H., Seaton, L., Buckley, T. and Lewis, S (2019), Lewis's medical-surgical nursing, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.
Tollefson, J. (2021), Clinical psychomotor skills: Assessment tools for nurses, 8th edn, Cengage, South Melbourne, VIC.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 2,3,4
Assignments Written Case Study No 40 1,2,4,5,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 40 2,3,4,6
Date printed 27 June 2022