Unit description

In preparation for transition to practice this unit offers students the opportunity to build on their capabilities to enter the workforce. The unit assists students to adapt to continuous change and the emergence of new roles and responsibilities in the health care environments. This unit provides students with the opportunity to contribute to a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating their acquisition of knowledge and clinical experience as relevant to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) competency standards and their commitment to lifelong learning.

Unit content

Topic 1: Preparation for transition to practice 

  • Identify employment opportunities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of employment applications
  • Explore the requirements of the professional interview

Topic 2: Career Planning

  • Identify various roles of the Registered Nurse in health care
  • Explore the educational and experiential requirements to achieve determined career pathways

Topic 3: Professional Portfolio

  • Identify regulatory requirements of a Registered Nurse
  • Demonstrate and construct a record for continuous professional development as a Registered Nurse
  • Reflective practice
  • Demonstrate achievement of the NMBA domains using evidence of integrated knowledge and clinical experience. 

Topic 4: Establishing your professional identity

  • Coping with confrontation in the workplace
  • Resilience
  • Cultural competence
  • Globalisation and nursing

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

Teaching and assessment


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


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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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