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NUR2299 Developing Nursing Practice A

Semester 1, 2022 Toowoomba 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 : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 29 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Geraldine Roderick

Requisites

Pre-requisite: (NUR1398 or NUR1299) and NUR2102

Overview

For an undergraduate nursing student, the ability to link theory to practice is integral. This course relates to skills developed in the theory and simulation-based courses in first and beginning second year. This course enables students to integrate theoretical knowledge into practice whilst caring for individuals across the lifespan with acute and chronic illnesses/conditions. Students will apply beginning clinical skills of a Registered Nurse in accordance with the NMBA standards across a range of clinical settings managing the health priorities of individuals and communities in a variety of clinical settings.

The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).

The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council [ANMAC].

In this placement course students are allocated to a clinical setting and undertake 160 hours of professional experience. The main themes of this course include therapeutic communication skills, assessment skills, collaborative practice with the interprofessional team, education of individuals and families, developing critical thinking skills, medication preparation and administration, clinical reflection, and planning and prioritising patient centred care. Working alongside registered nurses to deliver nursing care, this clinical practicum experience will enable students to apply their learning to professional nursing practice. To enhance employability there is a focus on the continued formation and maintenance of students' professional nursing identity. The placement experience builds industry-specific knowledge and know-how of acute and non-acute environments. It includes opportunities to build industry networks and consider career pathways.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate developing competency with NMBA standards of practice under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate and safe technique in the administration of medications.
  3. Demonstrate developing competence in a range of clinical skills within 2nd year scope of practice, to patients/clients under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  4. Demonstrate professional therapeutic oral and written communication skills and effective teamwork in interactions with peers and registered nurse supervisors within the clinical practice settings.
  5. Work effectively as part of an interprofessional team within the clinical practice settings.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to plan, implement and evaluate safe and culturally appropriate care for clients across the lifespan, commensurate with a second-year scope of practice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical practice and competent application of fundamental nursing cares including: infection control, manual handling, vital signs, system assessment skills and wound care. 20.00
2. Clinical safety and application of identification of risk, patient’s rights, culturally appropriate care in alignment with the legal and ethical requirements of a nurse. 20.00
3. Demonstration of competent practice related to medication administration and management within 2nd year scope of practice. 20.00
4. Assessment, planning and evaluation of culturally safe, appropriate nursing care for patients across the lifespan using an interprofessional and holistic perspective. 20.00
5. Engage in reflective practice around key clinical experiences and own practice. 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.
DeLaune, S., Ladner, P., McTier, L., Tollefson, J. and Lawrence, J (2019), Fundamentals of nursing, 2nd edn, Cengage.
Levett-Jones. T & Bourgeois. S (2018), The clinical placement, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone.
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 Practical Placement Performance 1 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Practical Placement Performance 2 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Practical Placement Performance 3 No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Report No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 29 June 2022