Unit description

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.

Unit content

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
  • Nervous system and sensory (ears, eyes and nose)
  • Cognitive assessment

Patient safety

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

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

  • 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.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 120hrs (Across session 3)
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study50%
Medication exam50%
Practical skillsSR
Professional placementSR
Numeracy ExamSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 120 hrs (Across session 3)
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study50%
Medication exam50%
Practical skillsSR
Professional placementSR
Numeracy ExamSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Community/Professional placement 120 hrs (Across session 3)
Lecture online 2 hrs (12 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Case study50%
Medication exam50%
Practical skillsSR
Professional placementSR
Numeracy ExamSR
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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