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NUR3499 Transition to Professional Practice

Semester 2, 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: Terri Davis

Requisites

Pre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300
Co-requisite: NUR3299

Overview

Students in the final semester of the Bachelor of Nursing Program need to become full partners in evidence-based nursing practice, know how to reflect on their own learning and, practice as a competent and safe beginning registered nurse. As final year students in the Bachelor of Nursing this course offers students the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and skills in preparation for entering registered nursing practice. Students should demonstrate competence required of a beginning Registered Nurse in all elements of clinical practice in accordance with the NMBA standards of practice.

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 final transition to practice course, students have the opportunity to be allocated to a clinical setting of their choice and undertake 160 hours of professional experience. Students may experience and engage in professional practice in highly specialised health care settings. The main themes of this course include: practice and consolidation of nursing skills and knowledge to care for individuals across the lifespan with acute and complex conditions. Other themes include advancements related to therapeutic communication skills, assessment skills, collaborative practice with the interprofessional team, education of individuals and families, critical thinking skills, medication preparation and administration, clinical reflection, and the ability to plan and prioritise patient centred care independently. To enhance employability there is a focus on the critical capabilities and transferable skills developed through this course that can be deployed in any clinical context. The aim is for students to develop industry-specific knowledge and know-how to effectively manage nursing care within multiple healthcare contexts. Professional identity formation, and maintenance is enhanced through the clinical placement experience. The focus is on developing knowledge, skills, attributes, reflective disposition, and identity that graduates need to succeed in the workforce.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate 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 competence in a range of clinical skills within 3rd year scope of practice, to patients/clients with complex acute needs under the supervision of a registered nurse.
  4. Demonstrate high level 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 interprofessional teamwork 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. Independent clinical practice and safe, legal application of and all practical nursing skills from the Bachelor of Nursing Program 20.00
2. Identification of risk, patient’s rights and culturally safe and appropriate care in alignment with the legal and ethical requirements of a registered nurse 20.00
3. Demonstration of competent practice related to medication administration and management 20.00
4. Assessment, planning and evaluation of culturally safe, appropriate nursing care for patients across the lifespan with complex conditions 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.
Brown, D., Edwards, H., Seaton, L., Buckley, T. and Lewis, S (2019), Lewis's medical-surgical nursing, 5th, Elsevier, Chatswood NSW.
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