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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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 study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (1 week [wk 8])
Assessment
Quiz10%
Annotated bibliography40%
Practical skillsSR
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (1 week [wk 8])
Assessment
Quiz10%
Annotated bibliography40%
Practical skillsSR
Exam: closed book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (1 week [wk 8])
Assessment
Quiz10%
Annotated bibliography40%
Practical skillsSR
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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