This unit builds on previous knowledge and skills and enables students to further assist individuals to meet their activities of daily living. The principles and practices of occupational health and safety, risk assessment and infection control will be expanded upon. Assessment of the person within a holistic framework will be further explored using a problem solving approach. Cardiac, respiratory, urinary and abdominal assessments will be introduced and practised. Students will be able to identify normal and abnormal findings and document these. Principles of asepsis will be introduced. Students will also be introduced to the principles of medication administration.

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HNB1102 - Foundations in Nursing 1

HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

HNB1103 - Professional Studies 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate beginning skills in professional communication and documentation skills;  
  2. Describe the importance of professional practice including confidentiality and patient privacy associated with the provision of foundational nursing care;  
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in patient risk assessment;  
  4. Apply skills in history taking and applying the nursing process to develop nursing care plans and patient pathways  
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in related clinical skills (e.g. basic life support, simple sterile dressing);  
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in performing physical assessment (cardiac, respiratory, urinary and abdominal) in the laboratory;  
  7. Accurately document physical assessment findings;  
  8. Demonstrate skills in the practice of oral, topical and rectal medication administration and management in the laboratory setting;  
  9. Demonstrate mastery of drug calculations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written assessment (1000 words) 30%
Examination Practical skills assessment (1 hour) 30%
Examination Written examination (1.5 hours) 40%
Test Mastery Drug Calculation Test 0%
Hurdle: Mastery of drug calculations (100%). To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%, a minimum score of 80% in the practical skills assessment and pass the drug calculations test with 100%. Non Weighted Hurdle: Medication Calculation Assessment. Students must achieve 100% to pass this unit. Students will be eligible for a maximum of 2 attempts for the medication calculation assessment.

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