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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Provides students with both the philosophical understanding and practice in the construction of thinking, knowledge, and ways of reasoning and concepts of care. Students examine ways in which nurses use knowledge, inquire, make assumptions and form values in nursing practice. With this knowledge the student is provided with the opportunity to acquire, practise and demonstrate foundational communication, observation, concepts of care and assessment skills that underpin nursing, care practice and therapeutic relationships.

Unit content

  • Reasoning, knowledge and logic
  • Thinking, knowing and reasoning (thinking processes)
  • Critical thought and reflection
  • Knowing self and understanding others
  • Cognition: ages and stages
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Building self-resilience
  • Stigma and marginalisation
  • Biases and racism
  • Concepts of Care
  • Development of nursing knowledge and theories
  • Communicating to care (empathy)
  • Communication techniques including verbal/non-verbal/documentation/transcultural communication
  • Communication in difficult situations – language difficulties
  • Health assessment – the interview, documentation techniques, principles and skills.
  • Manual handling, falls assessment and ambulation
  • Hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, universal precautions
  • Personal hygiene, sleep and rest, pressure 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 investigate the development of knowledge that informs and constructs conceptual-thinking in nursing care
2 demonstrate the principles and strategies of communication, developing therapeutic relationships and interview techniques related to nursing practice, cognisant of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness
3 demonstrate beginning and safe competence in a range of nursing skills
4 reflect on individual cultural awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander members of Australian society

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

  1. investigate the development of knowledge that informs and constructs conceptual-thinking in nursing care
  2. demonstrate the principles and strategies of communication, developing therapeutic relationships and interview techniques related to nursing practice, cognisant of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness
  3. demonstrate beginning and safe competence in a range of nursing skills
  4. reflect on individual cultural awareness about Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander members of Australian society

Prescribed texts

  • Stein-Parbury, J, 2018, Patient and Person, 6th edn, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 9780729542562.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.