Frameworks for Nursing Practice

This unit comprises three parts. Part 1 (3 weeks) enables students to explore portrayals of nursing in the media and to consider these critically in relation to their personal perceptions of nursing. Part 2 (8 weeks) introduces them to broad frameworks which shape the scope and dimensions of nursing practice. These include population health/health promotion considered within the National Health Priorities; professional practice (ethics, law and regulatory frameworks); critical thinking and analysis (use of evidence in practice); frameworks for patient/client assessment of care; quality use of medicine and therapeutic relationships. Part 3 (1 week) introduces students to issues surrounding the development of a professional practice portfolio which they will develop further throughout their course of study.


NOTE: This unit of study will be offered in on-line mode in semester 2 to students previously enrolled in the former HBRN Bachelor of Nursing (Pre- Registration) course.

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Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to: * critically discuss portrayals of the nurse found in the media; * discuss some of the ways in which National Health Priorities are being addressed through health promotion strategies; * discuss ethical and legal boundaries of nursing practice; * discuss the role of the registered nurse in terms of regulatory frameworks for practice; * discuss duty of care as it relates to nurses practice; * discuss the use of evidence in nursing practice; * demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of assessment frameworks for nursing practice; * outline the principles underpinning the quality use of medicines; * demonstrate beginning skills in professional communication, including an understanding of professional boundaries and self-awareness; * complete a diagnostic mathematics test; * demonstrate beginning skills in information literacy and academic writing  * begin developing a personal professional practice portfolio.


Diagnostic mathematics test (30 minute test) All students are expected to achieve 100% in the diagnostic mathematics test. Any student not achieving 100% in this test will be referred for remedial work in mathematics skills.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written assessment (700 words) 20%
Assignment Written assessment (800 words) 30%
Essay Written assessment (1500 words) 50%
Students must achieve an aggregate score of 50% to pass this unit.

Required reading 

Kozier and Erb's fundamentals of nursing (2nd ed.).
Berman, A., Snyder, S. J., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Hales, M., … Stanley, D. (2012).
Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia

Clinical dosage calculations for Australia & New Zealand.
Brotto, V., & Rafferty, K. (2012).
St Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning.

Contexts of nursing: an introduction (3rd ed.).
Daly, J., Speedy, S., & Jackson, D. (2010).
Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia

Promoting health: a primary health care approach (4th ed.).
Talbot, L., & Verrinder, G. (2010).
Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier Australia

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