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Professional Nursing Practice in a Complex World (NUR361)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2N3-internal
MANDURAH: S2N3-internal
Description This unit will explore in further depth, many of the professional issues underpinning contemporary nursing practice that have been introduced throughout the course. Key focus areas will include transition from student to professional registered nurse and reflective practitioner, along with legal, ethical, clinical governance and continuing competence considerations. Organisational culture, leadership, mentorship, effective communication, and health care technology will be examined, and students will have opportunities to further develop and consolidate their understanding of contemporary issues in professional nursing practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Explain the roles and responsibilities of the registered nursing in contemporary professional nursing practice.
2. Identify and manage the challenges associated with transition from student to graduate nurse.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of critically reflective practice, and the competencies of a reflective practitioner.
4. Identify and describe legal, ethical and clinical governance considerations associated with professional nursing practice.
5. Demonstrate leadership, mentorship and effective communication skills and knowledge required by a beginning registered nurse.
6. Understand and explain the concepts and issues associated with being a health care professional, professionalism, and apply these in professional nursing practice.
Timetabled Learning Activities Intensive study periods (ISP) x2 (4x2 hour tutorials each ISP)
Unit Learning Experiences This unit requires students to attend two two-week intensive study periods; one in the first week of semester and the other in the final week of semester. The remaining learning activities for the unit are provided in on-line learning modules. Online learning material and activities will be provided to assist and support students in their learning, and activities to continue to develop independent and lifelong learning skills will incorporated.
Other Learning Experiences Online content includes -, assigned readings and other resources, to help guide student learning, links to video content, to provide additional support
Assessment The assessment components of this unit include a professional portfolio, written case study discussions and a recorded Powerpoint presentation (using the Ignite format) based on a coroner's case. Assessments are designed to consolidate formal timetabled and informal self-directed learning, and to assist students to apply theory in practice. Assessments will allow students to evaluate and demonstrate their understanding of theoretical material to achieve unit learning outcomes. Additionally, the presentation will provide an opportunity for students to practise professional communication and presentation skills. Students will receive detailed feedback on all pieces of assessment. Assessment 1: Professional Portfolio 40%; Assessment 2: 'Ignite' Powerpoint presentation on coroners case 30%; Assessment 3: Case Study Discussions 30%
Prerequisites Completion of BNR359, NUR352 and NUR353.
Co-requisite: NUR369 and NUR379
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR365 may not enrol in this unit for credit
Previously 2015: 'Professional Nursing Practice 3: Nursing in a Complex World'
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
Dr Jennifer Lymbery
Nursing Lecturer

Mandurah Campus
t: 9582 5544
e: J.Walters@murdoch.edu.au
o: 100.2.009 - Building 100, Mandurah Campus
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: S2N3-Internal
MURDOCH: S2N3-Internal
Dr Jennifer Lymbery
Nursing Lecturer

Mandurah Campus
t: 9582 5544
e: J.Walters@murdoch.edu.au
o: 100.2.009 - Building 100, Mandurah Campus
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