Fundamentals of Nursing Practice

Year 1, Semester 2 Core Nursing Practice

Code NURS1002
Credits 25
Graduate Attributes
This unit introduces students to physical, mental state and risk assessment data collection, documentation and interpretation of  data using a functional health approach. Students explore focussed assessment and therapeutic interventions relating to the  support of the stable person. Students are required to  apply therapeutic communication and meet nursing competency  standards in selected clinical contexts. Students apply  principles and practices of primary health care as part of the nursing  process. Australian and International health data informs  the review and evaluation of contemporary health issues and  determination of strategies for promotion of wellness across the  lifespan in individual, family, and community contexts.  Screening for disease risk. Wound care and fluid management are  introduced as part of this unit of study. Principles of  education of people and educational resource development  form part of student learning in the unit. Students will provide  best-practice nursing care to support patient self-care/well-being  across the lifespan. Medication preparation, administration  and recording, dosage calculations, legislative control and applied pharmacology in the context of the stable person will be  reinforced.
Lecture 4.0 Hours, 2.0 Times Semester 
Science Laboratory 2.0 Hours, 8.0 Times Semester 
Tutorial 2.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Semester 
Clinical Practice 40.0 Hours, 1.0 Times Once only 

Unit Learning Outcomes

  • 1 Use clinical reasoning and technology to apply and conduct a focused health history and assessment in a community setting
  • 2 Interpret focused health assessment data to predict possible future health issues
  • 3 Apply knowledge in the provision of basic care in simulated clinical and community settings
  • 4 Identify health promotion/prevention initiatives and the application to nursing and community
  • 5 Apply and discuss skills, technology and knowledge in relation to the practice environment concerning stable people
  • 6 Present relevant information in appropriate professional written and oral formats for a range of people and professionals

Course Learning Outcomes

  • 1 Demonstrate accountable, safe, effective and innovative nursing care incorporating research evidence into nursing practice
  • 2 Use reflective, evidence based and problem solving approaches to the provision of nursing care
  • 3 Access and critically evaluate and utilise health care information
  • 4 Communicate effectively with individuals, families, communities, within diverse health contexts
  • 5 Use technologies that assist the nurse to provide quality patient care within a changing health care environment
  • 6 Be an independent, self-directed learner who constructively reflects upon the health, social and educational experiences of self and others
  • 9 Demonstrate ethical practice in accordance with legislation, nursing practice standards and professional codes of conduct

Assessment Breakdown

All assessments below must be completed.

  • Pass/Fail Report
  • Pass/Fail Log for community engagement hours
  • Pass/Fail Skills test
  • Pass/Fail NMBA Competency Standards