Integrated Clinical Practice

Year 2, Semester 2 Core Nursing Practice

Code NURS2005
Credits 25
Graduate Attributes
This unit uses a systems approach to assess, diagnose, plan, manage, document and evaluate care related to the unstable person. Students engage in cardiac and neurovascular assessment and monitoring. Students apply therapeutic communication, and critical reasoning to meet nursing competency standards in selected clinical contexts. They assess and manage care needs of people with depressive states. Inter-professional care planning is a key feature in the unit. The unit expands on medication (parenteral, paediatric) preparation, administration and recording, dosage calculations and medication infusion devices. Students are introduced to Intravenous fluid replacement therapy across the lifespan, including introduction to blood product replacement. Advanced pain management across the lifespan and applied pharmacology relating to Step 2 pain management, antimicrobials, diabetic therapy and anticoagulant treatment are covered. Recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient – adults and paediatrics are key areas of learning in this unit. Students cover advanced wound (stage 3 and 4 pressure injuries, surgical wounds) and stoma care. Other topics covered include: Nutritional support; pre/post-operative care, principles of isolation and barrier nursing; Primary Health Care for discharge planning and home care support.
Lecture 2.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Semester 
Individual Study 2.0 Hours, 9.0 Times Semester 
Science Laboratory 2.0 Hours, 8.0 Times Semester 
Tutorial 2.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Semester 
Clinical Practice 120.0 Hours, 1.0 Times Semester 

Unit Learning Outcomes

  • 1 Utilise a problem orientated assessment to enable provision of care for the hospitalised unstable person
  • 2 Select possible interventions to alleviate health threats and improve outcomes
  • 3 Utilise evidence based data to develop individualised clinical care and discharge plans for the hospitalised person
  • 4 Analyse the application of scientific evidence to person-centred care alleviates distress associated with illness
  • 5 Apply and analyse the skills, technology and knowledge required in relation to the practice environment concerning the unstable person
  • 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 Medication
  • Pass/Fail Skills assessment
  • Pass/Fail NMBA Competency Standards