This final capstone professional nursing practice unit prepares students for transition to practice. Students will be expected to apply theoretical principles, evidence-based knowledge and nursing practice skills, at an increased level of complexity and independence. This is a consolidation unit to integrate nursing theory and practice in preparation for employment as a Graduate Registered Nurse Division 1. Students in this unit are advised that restrictions apply to withdrawing online once enrolled, to meet the requirements of external placement providers.

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VU Sunshine Clinical School
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Completion of 336 credit points of HBMA

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Negotiate and validate a plan for professional learning consistent with the placement context of practice and aligned to the Registered Nurse Standards of 2016;  
  2. Exemplify cultural responsiveness, sensitivity and inclusive practice and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other cultures and people of diversity;  
  3. Exemplify a broad range of therapeutic and intraprofessional and interprofessional communication skills to engage in person-centred collaborative practice;  
  4. Elucidate intellectual independence through the application of critical thought and judgement in professional and therapeutic nursing practice;  
  5. Appraise ethical dilemmas and issues arising in professional practice, exemplifying professional values and ethics;  
  6. Articulate and exemplify nursing values, codes of ethics and conduct, and the distinctive role and contribution of nursing research in addressing real world problems encountered in professional practice; and  
  7. Integrate previous knowledge and exhibit safe and effective care related to pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. Each piece of assessment for the unit relates to students' demonstrating the application of theoretical knowledge and skills as assessed on the ANSAT appraisal and is documented in the Practice Portfolio as the capstone task. Professional appraisals scaffold experiential learning by nursing facilitators providing formative and summative feedback and supported learning to achieve interim and final learning objectives as stated at the commencement of practice placement by each individual student. The Practice Portfolio, in tandem with the midwifery course requirements, will provide artefacts of becoming a nurse and a reflection on this process. All assessments are undertaken within the scheduled timing of the placement and as the very final nursing practice unit that the HBMA students undertake.
Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Interim ANSAT Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Practicum Final ANSAT Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Portfolio A portfolio of artefacts demonstrating achievement of professional standards and reflection. Pass/Fail

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This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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