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Professional Nursing Practice 1 (NUR114)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1N-internal
MANDURAH: S1N-internal, S2N-internal
Description This unit introduces the profession of nursing and contemporary nursing practice. Professional competency standards, decision making frameworks, and codes of ethics and conduct will be examined. Australia's health care system and the legal aspects of nursing will be explored. Evidence based practice and concepts of caring, communicating, assessing, documenting and reporting will be applied in the context of professional nursing practice. Finally, reflective practice and professional portfolios will be introduced to facilitate the development of future competent and reflective practitioners.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the history of nursing, the professionalisation of nursing, and the nursing profession in a contemporary context.
2. Explain the importance of professional regulation and how professional codes, policies, frameworks and standards are applied in professional nursing practice.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice and construct a beginning level professional portfolio.
4. Describe Australia's health care system and the diverse roles of nursing within it.
5. Identify and explain the legal aspects of nursing and the responsibilities of registered nurses and students.
6. Demonstrate the requirements for caring, communicating, assessing, documenting and reporting in professional nursing practice.
7. Understand and practice the prevention and management of violence and aggression in the workplace.
8. Explain the importance of safety standard frameworks that drive the implementation of safety and quality systems and improve the quality of health care in Australia.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates weekly lectures and interactive laboratory sessions to integrate theory and practice. Self-directed learning will prepare students for individual and group learning in tutorials. Online learning material and activities will be provided to assist and support students in their learning.
Other Learning Experiences Lecture: 1 hour per week, prerecorded and available via ECHO through the web unit on the learning management system.
Assessment The assessment components of this unit include a professional reflective epotfolio and an a group oral presentation assignment. Assessments are designed to consolidate formal timetabled and informal self-directed learning, and to assist students in linking theory with practice. Assessments will allow students to evaluate and demonstrate their understanding of theoretical material to achieve unit learning outcomes. Additionally, the written assignment will provide an opportunity for students to create their beginning professional eportfolio, and will promote its ongoing development throughout their undergraduate education. Students will receive detailed feedback on all pieces of assessment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Nursing
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Nursing (BNurs) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Renee McKenzie
Associate Lecturer Nursing

e: Renee.McKenzie@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: S2N-Internal
Mrs Renee McKenzie
Associate Lecturer Nursing

e: Renee.McKenzie@murdoch.edu.au

MANDURAH: S1N-Internal
MURDOCH: S1N-Internal
Associate Professor Caroline Nilson
Associate Professor Nursing

Mandurah Campus
t: 9582 5509
e: C.Nilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 100.1.012 - Building 100, Mandurah Campus
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