Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2

Unit description

Explores philosophical theories as they relate to nursing practice. Students critically examine contemporary practice issues as they relate to competency standards, legislation and policy frameworks in the context of  practice. Using various narratives of health and illness from Australia and internationally, students will explore factors that influence health and the delivery of care.

Unit content

  • Critical thought and reflection
  • Ethics, justice and patients’ rights
  • Health informatics and the transmission of thinking
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Developing an annotated bibliography
  • Academic writing and academic integrity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Nursing and the law
  • Professionalism and scope of nursing practice
  • Role relationships in multidisciplinary health care
  • Health, stress and coping
  • National Health Priorities
  • Mental health assessment management and psychotropic medications

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Daly, J, Speedy, S & Jackson, D, 2017, Contexts of Nursing , 5th edn, Elsevier , Chatswood NSW. ISBN: 9780729542463.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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