This unit describes the nursing skills and knowledge required to work in a primary health care environment including community-based, educational, occupational and informal settings, and in general practice.  Primary health care involves a person-centred and holistic approach to health care. It is made accessible to people by being located as close as possible to where they live, and supporting their full participation in a spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.  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; - analysed health information and the clinical presentation of 1 person in the workplace to reach a substantiated conclusion about possible nursing interventions related to their primary health care needs, in consultation with a registered nurse, and; - reviewed and updated a plan of care for 1 person to address their specific primary health care needs.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - health challenges facing Australian communities; - environmental health issues facing Australian communities; - philosophy underpinning primary health care; - care of a confused person; - care of a person with dementia; - emergency and first aid management of conditions and injuries; - age specific health issues for infants, children, adolescents, adults and older people; - community and in-hospital resources and services available for medical conditions; - critical thinking and problem-solving strategies; - evidence-based practice; - health, including the illness continuum; - literature and professional bodies associated with primary health care management, and; - variety of forms of service delivery models including preventative, curative and rehabilitative.

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