This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required, within the scope of practice, to perform preliminary and ongoing physical health assessments of all body systems, gathering data that contributes to a person's individualised health care plan. 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

Study level:
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; - performed nursing admission and discharge procedures for 2 different people in the workplace as per organisation policy and procedures; - conducted holistic clinical health assessment on 2 different people in the workplace or in a simulated environment, and; - developed at least 1 nursing care plan in the workplace or in a simulated environment based on holistic health assessment undertaken with a real person.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - admission and discharge planning processes and documentation required; - developmental stages of childhood; - developmental stages of adolescence and common health issues for adolescents; - developmental stages of adulthood and major activities related to each stage; - impact of infertility on people; - approaches to understanding human growth and development; - influences of genetics and environment on development; - family health care needs; - gender-specific health care needs; - how to use equipment for health assessment and data collection; - how to assist a person in activities of daily living including identified aids to assist these activities; - how to perform clinical measurements and/or assessments; - human growth and development; - interpretation and analysis of a person's health-related information; - principles of health assessment; - problem solving strategies and techniques for conducting health assessment; - how to recognise a deteriorating patient and determine levels of consciousness; - how and when to raise issues of concern about a person's deterioration; - wellness approach to health, including physiology and psychosocial aspects, and; - variations in health needs and activities of daily living across the person's lifespan.

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