Unit aim

Building on previous knowledge, skills and experience, students will increase their understanding of the nursing professional, legal and ethical responsibilities required for practice in Australia including accountability for practice, functioning in accordance with legislation affecting nursing and health care, and the protection of individual and group rights.

Unit content

  • Critical thinking, analysis and decision-making
  • Evidence based inquiry
  • Research appreciation and translation
  • Nursing in the Australian health care system including organisational structures, models of care and roles
  • Legal and ethical obligations, responsibilities and issues in health care and research
  • Health professional regulations and health policy and reform applicable in Australia and its regions
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) National Competency Standards, codes of professional conduct and ethics
  • Delegation and supervision and leadership, national decision-making framework
  • The boundaries between professional relationship and personal relationships
  • Documentation used in Australian health care facilities, including electronic documentation
  • Relevant legal aspects applicable to nursing practice in Australia, eg legislation relating to health care including consent, duty of care and negligence, medication management, OHS, child protection, reporting obligations, mandatory reporting of elder abuse, privacy legislation and mental health legislation

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 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

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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