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NUR1398 Foundations of Nursing Practice Theory

Units : 0.5
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 : 17 May 2022


Pre-requisite: NUR1100 and NUR1102 and NSC1501 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BNSG
Co-requisite: NUR1399 and NUR1103
Enrolment is not permitted in NUR1398 if NUR1299 has been previously completed


The consistent provision of quality fundamental nursing care has been recognised nationally and internationally as pivotal to better patient outcomes across all settings and age groups. The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards identify areas of practice, which are directly linked to safe nursing practice. In this the course, undergraduate registered nursing students apply learnt theory and are introduced to additional nursing care concepts and skills that serve as a basis for ongoing practice development across the program. Registered Nurses are required to think through the different aspects of patient care to arrive at a reasonable decision regarding the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a clinical problem for the person in their care. Patient care includes history taking, conducting a physical exam, interpreting laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures, designing safe and effective treatment regimens or preventive strategies, and providing patient education and counselling. Due to an increasing expectation from the wider healthcare sector, undergraduate registered nursing students are now required to develop the processes of cognition or thinking as an expected component of competent practice.

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 course includes the theoretical foundations of clinical practice and the nursing process in the simulated clinical environment. Undergraduate registered nursing students will develop an understanding of the process of applying knowledge and expertise to a simulated clinical situation to develop a solution. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) standards for practice for the registered nurse are used as a framework to guide students in relation to person-centred care, patient safety, cultural and contextual competence, and developing practice.

At a beginning level, student nurses will develop effective clinical reasoning skills that enable the collection of data, an ability to solve problems, make decisions, and provide quality patient care. Students will explore the application of the clinical reasoning process to fundamental patient assessments and care. Intensive clinical simulation and laboratory practice are used in this course to expand knowledge, skills, and confidence in safe non parenteral medication administration and calculation.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory laboratories for on-campus students. Clinical placement for NUR1399 will not be offered until 100% attendance is achieved.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 17 May 2022