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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Anti-requisites

NRS10451 and Clinical Nursing I NRS10463 Clinical Nursing II

Unit aim

Builds on anatomy and physiology knowledge to develop knowledge and skills in nursing assessment and beginning level nursing interventions. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

Unit content

  • Principles of therapeutic communication
  • Communication strategies
  • Transcultural communication
  • Communication in challenging situations
  • Health interview models
  • Health assessment models
  • Manual handling techniques
  • Functional assessment: Skin hair & nails
  • Biometric measurements and vital signs
  • Functional assessment: Cardiac and respiratory function
  • Functional assessment: musculoskeletal & central / peripheral nervous function
  • Functional assessment: gastrointestinal function
  • Functional assessment: Urinary function
  • National inpatient medication record
  • Medication Administration 1
  • Medication Administration 2

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 Demonstrate the principles and strategies of communication and developing the nurse patient relationship
2 Demonstrate a range of data gathering techniques, including observation, interviewing and assessment related to nursing practice, and cognisant of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness.
3 Demonstrate the principles of documentation and medical records management
4 Demonstrate beginning and safe competence in the performance of a range of nursing skills
5 Demonstrate mastery of numeracy required for medication management.

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

  1. Demonstrate the principles and strategies of communication and developing the nurse patient relationship
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  2. Demonstrate a range of data gathering techniques, including observation, interviewing and assessment related to nursing practice, and cognisant of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. Demonstrate the principles of documentation and medical records management
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. Demonstrate beginning and safe competence in the performance of a range of nursing skills
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. Demonstrate mastery of numeracy required for medication management.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Dempsey, J, Hillege, S & Hill, R, 2014, Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery. A person-centred approach to care, 2nd Australian and New Zealand edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.