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NUR2102 Clinical Skills for Practice A

Semester 2, 2022 External
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

Staffing

Examiner: Sue Griffits

Requisites

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

Overview

Acute illness and episodic health concerns require complex and diverse interventions, in which registered nurses use critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the management of individuals to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Registered nurses play a pivotal role in the optimal use of medicines, through compliance with legislation, ensuring clinical appropriateness, and verification of prescribing intent and expected outcomes. Preparing undergraduate registered nurses for evidence-based practice to address national and regional health priorities is essential to developing knowledgeable, skilled safe, and ethical nursing professionals capable of working in dynamic interdisciplinary care contexts with people across the lifespan.

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].

In this course students apply theoretical understanding and evidence-based practice to manage individuals and situations within simulated environments. Students apply understanding of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and non-pharmacological treatment options, cultural safety, ethico-legal considerations, and person-centred care to nursing practice within simulated environments to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills are developed through engagement with case studies and through application of understanding within simulated environments.

Students will develop their nursing skills in communication, teamwork, infection control, safety, medication management, and vital signs assessment, as well as develop skills and strategies for assessing, planning, managing, and evaluating individuals experiencing acute illness and episodic health concerns across the lifespan. This course will also engage students in applying knowledge to nursing practice of the predominant disorders which contribute to disability and death.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students and an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council mandated medication calculations quiz.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in the assessment, planning, management, evaluation and education of individuals experiencing musculoskeletal, endocrinology, respiratory, circulatory, pain and infection.
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practice to inform cultural safety, communication, planning, management, and evaluation of individuals experiencing acute illness and episodic health concerns or experiences across the lifespan.
  3. Develop critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills relating to nursing practice for current regional and National Health Priorities and pre-dominant diseases within the Australian context.
  4. Engage in the assessment, planning, management, and evaluation of individuals experiencing acute illness and episodic health concerns.
  5. Use critical thinking and clinical reasoning to recognise and respond appropriately to patient deterioration.
  6. Safely manage a variety of situations within the simulated nursing ward and accurately calculate a range of medication dosages including consideration of pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Assessment and interpretation of clinical data; problem identification and nursing management of individuals experiencing acute illness or acute exacerbations of chronic disease. 20.00
2. Nursing management of individuals experiencing acute illness or acute exacerbations of chronic disease within simulated environments using an interprofessional approach. 20.00
3. Application of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills within simulated environments in the nursing management of individuals who are experiencing acute illness or acute exacerbations of chronic disease. 20.00
4. Peri-operative nursing care of individuals experiencing acute illness. 20.00
5. Pathophysiology, pharmacological and non-pharmacological, ethico-legal, and cultural safety considerations in acute illness and chronic illness. 20.00

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, 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
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1
Assignments Practical Practical No 10 1,2,5,6
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills 1 No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Practical Laboratory skills 2 No 30 1,2,4,5
Date printed 27 June 2022