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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Anti-requisites

NRS10452 Contexts of Nursing Practice

Unit aim

Introduces students to the principles that underpin the nursing profession and the forces that shape the individual and collective identity of nursing. Critically examines the historical evolution of nursing, contemporary practice issues, competency standards, legislation and policy frameworks in the context of what it means to nurse and be a nurse.

Unit content

A historical overview of nursing
Historical and contemporary images of nursing
The scope of nursing practice
The concept of professionalism
Statutory and professional regulation of nursing practice
Conducting a library search to locate nursing literature
Reviewing literature and developing an annotated bibliography
Sources of policy and clinical guidelines
Developing an annotated bibliography
Accountability, responsibility and duty of care
Introduction to common law 
Nursing and the law 
Confidentiality, consent and disclosure
Documentation techniques, principles & skills
Multidisciplinary health
Role relationships in health care

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the evolution of the discipline of Nursing from a historical and contemporary context
2 discuss the statutory and professional governance requirements that regulate Nursing practice
3 describe Nursing's scope of practice in relation to multidisciplinary health teams
4 discuss the impact of common law on nursing practice
5 locate and discuss literature on issues related to nursing and health care.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the evolution of the discipline of Nursing from a historical and contemporary context
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  2. discuss the statutory and professional governance requirements that regulate Nursing practice
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  3. describe Nursing's scope of practice in relation to multidisciplinary health teams
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  4. discuss the impact of common law on nursing practice
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  5. locate and discuss literature on issues related to nursing and health care.
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Prescribed texts

  • Daly, J, Speedy, S & Jackson, D, 2013, Contexts of Nursing, 4th edn, Livingstone/Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 9780729541527.
  • Staunton, P & Chiarella, M , 2013, Law for Nurses and Midwives , 7th edn, Livingstone/Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 9780729541022.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.