Unit description

Students apply the constructs of science, art and compassion to their chosen specialist field of nursing practice. Students to undertake transformational reflection upon their transition from student through to specialist practice as a qualified nurse. This unit enables students to examine, in more depth, their contribution to; quality, evidence based nursing interventions and person centred care.  As part of this unit students will complete 160 hours of professional placement.

Unit content

Topic 1 The transition to registered nurse

  • Emotional Labour and the personal-professional self
  • Generalist and specialist nursing - deconstructing and reconstructing a specialist identity
  • Transformational learning/life-long learning

Topic 2 Patient centred care

  • The expert patient
  • Enhancing co-production of learning and the voice of the patient
  • Registered nurse practice based on patient experiences of care

Topic 3  Compassionate science

  • Evidence based practice and the science of being a registered nurse
  • Six Cs (Compassion, confidence, commitment, competence, communication and care) within the art of being a registered nurse

Topic 4 In depth clinical scenarios

  • Care and interventions within specialty clinical practice
  • Portfolio-learning contract

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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