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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore

Unit description

Introduces students to the relationship between the scientific functions of the human body, systematic nursing assessment, and medication administration. Students are provided with the knowledge and practical skills to systematically collect and interpret data in order to make safe clinical decisions. Through practice in nursing laboratory sessions and interactive online activities, students will learn to problem solve, conduct systems-based nursing assessments and administer medications using evidence-based methods. Students will complete three weeks (120hrs) of placement experience as part of this unit.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to health assessment
  2. Assessment of breathing and circulation
  3. Assessment of disability and exposure
  4. Assessment of fluid and glucose
  5. Assessment of mental health, deteriorating patient and parental medication
  6. Assessment of intellectual disability

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate a range of physical, psychosocial and cognitive assessment skills to inform nursing interventions to provide person-centred care being cognisant of cultural sensitivity and awareness
2safely calculate medication dosages and administer medications in a safe manner
3use a range of data management techniques to document holistic care
4discuss foundational concepts of behaviour and physiology as they relate to nursing assessments

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a range of physical, psychosocial and cognitive assessment skills to inform nursing interventions to provide person-centred care being cognisant of cultural sensitivity and awareness
  2. safely calculate medication dosages and administer medications in a safe manner
  3. use a range of data management techniques to document holistic care
  4. discuss foundational concepts of behaviour and physiology as they relate to nursing assessments

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
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Prescribed Resources/Equipment
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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory 3 hours (5 weeks)
Tutorial 3 hours (1 week)
Placement 3 weeks (Across the term)
Assessment
Numeracy quiz (hurdle assessment for PEP)SR
Portfolio40%
Clinical skills60%
Professional experience placementSR

Teaching method
Laboratory 3 hours (5 weeks)
Tutorial 3 hours (1 week)
Placement 3 weeks (Across the term)
Assessment
Numeracy quiz (hurdle assessment for PEP)SR
Portfolio40%
Clinical skills60%
Professional experience placementSR

Teaching method
Laboratory 3 hours (5 weeks)
Tutorial 3 hours (1 week)
Placement 3 weeks (Across the term)
Assessment
Numeracy quiz (hurdle assessment for PEP)SR
Portfolio40%
Clinical skills60%
Professional experience placementSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. 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 teaching period.

Fee information

Domestic

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International

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