This unit will introduce students to concepts related to health, illness and the health care experience. Students will develop knowledge and skills on how to assist individuals to meet their basic human needs such as activities of daily living. The principles and practices of occupational health and safety, risk assessment and infection control will be explored. Strategies for developing therapeutic relationships, managing grief and loss and professional communication practices will be introduced and discussed. Students will begin to develop the knowledge and skills required to perform a holistic nursing health assessment. Cultural and spiritual assessment, and physical assessment techniques will be introduced and practised. In preparation for medication administration, students will review foundational maths skills.

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HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 and

HNB1103 - Professional Studies 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the concepts related to health, illness and the health care experience;  
  2. Apply knowledge and skills in assisting persons experiencing difficulty meeting activities of daily living;  
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in patient risk assessment and the relevant occupational health and safety policies;  
  4. Recognise the importance of maintaining confidentiality, patient privacy and consent associated with the provision of foundational nursing care;  
  5. Define and adhere to principles of infection control and standard precautions when performing nursing interventions;  
  6. Apply knowledge and skills in history taking health assessment, physical assessment techniques and accurately document these;  
  7. Apply numeracy skills required for basic drug calculations;  
  8. Identify population approaches to injury prevention and control (e.g. policies and legislations).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written Assessment (1000 words) 40%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 60%
Mathematic skills competency test, a mark of 90% is needed to pass this component. To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%. To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical and clinical simulation classes which is a requirement of accreditation body (ANMAC). Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor.

Required reading

Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery A person-centred approach to care (3rd ed.)
Hill, R., Hall, H. & Glew, P. (2017)
Wolters Kluwer. Australia and New Zealand

Clinical Psychomotor Skills Assessment for Nurses (7th ed.)
Tollefson, J. & Hillman, E. (2019).
Cenage Learning. Australia

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