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2021 unit offering information will be available in November 2020

Unit description

Enables students to build on current knowledge and skills to demonstrate sound clinical judgement and reasoning based on evidence based nursing care. A systematic and comprehensive approach to health assessment and chronic health complaints will be explored.

Unit content

  • Clinical reasoning and judgement in nursing
  • Principles of comprehensive patient health assessment
  • Application of comprehensive patient health assessment
  • Principles and processes of constructive feedback
  • Documentation using the Subjective, Objective Assessment and Plan (SOAP) method

 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1examine the clinical reasoning cycle and its application in the nursing context and evaluate the role of critical thinking abilities in maintaining safe and effective patient careIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2critique each stage of clinical reasoning cycle in the implementation of nursing careIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
3interpret, apply and document the principles of physical assessment to the client's presentation/condition using the SOAP method of recording clinical information to justify the assessmentKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4prepare a comprehensive patient health assessment and integrate findings and recommendations into a plan that can be shared with the multidisciplinary teamKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

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

  1. examine the clinical reasoning cycle and its application in the nursing context and evaluate the role of critical thinking abilities in maintaining safe and effective patient care
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. critique each stage of clinical reasoning cycle in the implementation of nursing care
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. interpret, apply and document the principles of physical assessment to the client's presentation/condition using the SOAP method of recording clinical information to justify the assessment
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. prepare a comprehensive patient health assessment and integrate findings and recommendations into a plan that can be shared with the multidisciplinary team
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Assessment
Short written response20%
Report - patient health assessment40%
Portfolio40%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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