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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • 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.
  • Stein-Parbury, J, 2014, Patient & Person: Interpersonal Skills in Nursing, 5th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7295-4158-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 x 2hrs (12wks)
Lecture on-site 2hrs (1wk (Wk 12 only))
Lecture online 1hr (12wks)
Tutorial online 1hr (12wks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Online Scenario based multiple choice exam25%
Numeracy ExamSR
Clinical Skills SimulationSR
Essay50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 x 2hrs (12wks)
Lecture on-site 2hrs (1wk (Wk 12 only))
Lecture online 1hr (12wks)
Tutorial online 1hr (12wks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Online Scenario based multiple choice exam25%
Numeracy ExamSR
Clinical Skills SimulationSR
Essay50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 x 2hrs (12wks)
Lecture on-site 2hrs (1wk (Wk 12 only))
Lecture online 1hr (12wks)
Tutorial online 1hr (12wks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Online Scenario based multiple choice exam25%
Numeracy ExamSR
Clinical Skills SimulationSR
Essay50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

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