Integrated Nursing Practice

Year 2, Semester 1 Core Nursing Practice

Code NURS2002
Credits 25
Graduate Attributes
This unit focuses on the unwell person and uses a systems approach to assess, diagnose, plan, manage, document and evaluate  patient care across the lifespan. Students conduct focussed assessment and therapeutic interventions relating to cardiovascular,  respiratory and neurovascular systems. Students learn to assess and manage care needs of people with confusional states.  Students apply therapeutic communication, critical reasoning and meet nursing competency standards in selected clinical  contexts.  The unit continues the development of knowledge of medication preparation, administration and recording, dosage  calculations, legislative control.  Students continue their learning about applied pharmacology relating to Step 1 pain  management, management of nausea and vomiting, bowel management, Pain assessment and management, including  complementary therapy. The unit covers wound management including removal of sutures/staples and drains. Key skills  addressed in the unit include: staging and management of pressure injuries; pressure management; ANTT and sterile gloves;  Continence (bowel and bladder elimination) including catheter insertion and care and bladder washouts; stoma care; emesis management.  Students learn to apply chronic condition support skills. Recognising the deteriorating patient and responding to MET calls  (adults) in clinical contexts. The role of the nurse in  end of life rituals.
Lecture 2.0 Hours, 5.0 Times Semester 
Individual Study 1.0 Hours, 1.0 Times Weekly 
Science Laboratory 2.0 Hours, 6.0 Times Semester 
Tutorial 2.0 Hours, 2.0 Times Once only 
Clinical Practice 40.0 Hours, 4.0 Times Once only 

Learning Outcomes

  • 1 Utilise a problem orientated assessment to enable provision of quality, safe care to people with acute or chronic illness in clinical settings
  • 2 Discuss possible interventions to reduce impact of health threat on physical and mental wellbeing
  • 3 Apply biopsychosocial principles and technology to assess and manage the unstable patient
  • 4 Utilise scientific evidence to predict the therapeutic benefit of applied interventions to maintain stability on physical and mental wellbeing
  • 5 Apply and explain skills and knowledge in relation to the practice environment
  • 6 Present relevant information in appropriate professional written and oral formats for a range of clients people and professionals

Assessment Breakdown

All assessments below must be completed.

  • Pass/Fail Medication test
  • Pass/Fail Skills assessment
  • Pass/Fail NMBA competency standards