Students develop skills in physical, psycho-social and cognitive nursing assessment and beginning-level nursing interventions inclusive of medication administration and management. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students to conduct holistic-focussed health assessment across the lifespan. As part of this unit students will complete 120 hours of professional placement.
Care planning and documentation
Psychosocial assessment (including mental health component)
Physical assessment (across all ages):
- Integumentary assessment and wound care
- Cardiac assessment and vital sign assessment
- Respiratory assessment, oxygen therapy, peak flow and administration of inhaled medications
- Musculoskeletal, including falls assessment, exercise/ambulation and ambulatory aids.
- Gastrointestinal and urinary system, bowel care and elimination/faecal specimen collection, urinary and indwelling catheter and suprapubic catheter care.
- Nervous system and sensory (ears, eyes and nose)
- Cognitive assessment
Sleep and rest
National inpatient medication record system
Quality use of medicines - Principles of drug administration
Numeracy and drug calculations
Drug administration - non parenteral
Drug administration - parenteral and insulin administration
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate a range of physical, psychosocial and cognitive assessment skills to inform nursing interventions to provide person-centred care and that are cognisant of cultural sensitivity and awareness||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|2||develop an understanding of the use of evidence-based nursing to inform nursing practices||Intellectual rigour|
|3||demonstrate medication administration in a safe and competent manner||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||use a range of data management techniques to document holistic care||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Hill, R., Hall, H. & Glew, P. , 2017, Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery. A person centred approach to care, 3rd Australian and New Zealand, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney. ISBN: 978-1-4963-5099-2.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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