This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practise as a nursing professional within the Australian health care system, providing health care across the lifespan of people in a range of health and community care services or environments.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - during at least 1 clinical work placement, worked effectively in the context of professional nursing practice including: performing 5 different professional interactions to demonstrate adaptation to nursing role and application of knowledge of nursing practice, and reflecting on the 5 professional interactions and identifying how nursing practice contributed to the person's health outcome.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - health and illness issues facing people who have come from countries other than Australia; - health insurance-related organisations and their roles in the Australian health care system; - health issues and impacts for health care delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; - historical and current perspectives of the nursing profession; - development and historical context of the Australian health care system, current health service models and State/Territory standards of care; - range of health care environments and the roles of the interdisciplinary health care team and personnel associated with health service delivery; - themes that impact health and illness for people from Australia and other countries, including environment, cultural barriers and community acceptance; - social, political and economic impacts on health care delivery including funding sources and constraints on services and resource allocation; - overall structure, strengths and weakness of the Australian health care system, with emphasis on the local area; - current issues which impact health policy development; - how health and illness factors impact a person; - principles and philosophical framework of primary health care; - principles of wellness and illness, and models of care and non-western approaches to health care; - roles of regulatory authorities, industrial and professional bodies: - Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, including knowledge of the enrolled nurse competency standards for practice, and professional practice standards, codes and guidelines, and; - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.

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