|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 :||24 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: ((NUR1398 and NUR1399) or NUR1299) and NUR1203
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.