Aligned with quality and safety principles, opportunities are provided for students to explore and develop nursing knowledge and foundational skills for the provision of person-centred care, paying attention to the older person and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity. Key concepts to be addressed include numeracy skills, communication, and using the clinical reasoning cycle in the assessment, and management of patient functional status to promote patient safety. In addition, privacy, dignity, empowerment and promotion of patient comfort will be addressed.

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HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 and

HNB1001 - Professional Nurse or Midwife

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply novice level evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in relation to the assessment, planning, prevention, management and evaluation of strategies of common areas of clinical risk including infection, falls, and pressure injuries, to ensure positive health outcomes for the individual across the lifespan;  
  2. Initiate focused assessments to determine functional status of patients to provide physical and psychological comfort and care using a person-centred care approach;  
  3. Demonstrate novice level intraprofessional and interprofessional communication including patient care documentation, handover and therapeutic communication, as elements of safe effective care; and  
  4. Demonstrate numeracy skills for future drug calculations to ensure safe practice.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students will undertake a numeracy quiz to demonstrate their ability to apply numeracy. In the second assessment, students will submit a written assignment based on a case study in order to demonstrate and reflect on application of knowledge. In the third assessment students will engage in a group (pairs) activitydeveloping a poster presentation based on a case study. Students will demonstrate novice levels of professional communication within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams and apply principles of evidence-based practice to ensure positive health outcomes for an individual.
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Numeracy Quiz 15%
Case Study Case study (1200 words) 45%
Other Part A: Poster Presentation (in pairs; 500 words) Part B: Individual evidence based written assessment on a clinical risk from poster (500 words) 40%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical laboratories and clinical simulations for essential skill development as per ANMAC expectations. Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor. Students have 2 attempts at the numeracy quiz. Weighting will be awarded based on the student's final attempt. This quiz assesses the foundational numeracy skills necessary for medication calculations. Attendance requirements for nursing labs and simulations are integral to safe nursing practice and prepare students for PEP.

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