|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 :||22 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: NUR2399 and NUR3300
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.