This unit provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge taught in HNB1103 Professional Studies 1, HNB1102 Foundations in Nursing 1 & HNB1205 Foundations in Nursing 2 in beginning professional practice. Students will undertake comprehensive health assessments, identifying normal and abnormal findings and developing documentation skills. Using assessment skills and information students will begin to utilise care plans that direct care provided to patients. During clinical placement students will build upon knowledge of injury prevention and safety issues. Students will also observe the roles of other members of the health care team and consider how the values of the family and culture are met within the health care facility.

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HNB1102 - Foundations in Nursing 1

HNB1103 - Professional Studies 1

HNB1205 - Foundations in Nursing 2

HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and practise within their current scope of practice;  
  2. Complete a health assessment interview to obtain a health history and accurately record this using appropriate terminology;  
  3. Demonstrate skills in conducting holistic physical assessment and taking a comprehensive health history;  
  4. Demonstrate respect for individuals taking into consideration the socio-cultural and family values within the clinical environment;  
  5. Assess the health status for an allocated patient then plan, implement, care for and evaluate the care of this patient in consultation with the nursing team;  
  6. Apply the expected legal and ethical standards in providing health care;  
  7. Examine occupational health and safety regulations in relation to injury prevention, risk assessment and nursing practice and apply this in the clinical setting;  
  8. Discuss infection control principles and demonstrate these in the clinical setting;  
  9. Examine the role of the Registered Nurse, interdisciplinary and interprofessional team members and patient support staff in a health care setting; and  
  10. Demonstrate competent practice in the delivery of oral, topical and/or rectal medications.  


Clinical unit of study enrolment, placement allocation and academic progress will be managed according to the College of Health and Biomedicine Clinical Rules.
Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Summative Assessment Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) Pass/Fail
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 100% of Laboratory Classes (Nursing Sim) prior to attending 120 hours professional practice WIL to ensure student and patient/client safety which is a requirement of the accreditation body (ANMAC). Students must achieve a Satisfactory Standard in the summative assessment (a score of 3 across the assessable items) on the Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) relevant to the scope of practice for first year and The ANSAT assesses learning outcomes 1 to 10 as required standards for nursing practice. Students will be supervised by a Registered nurse in the external nursing facilities whilst undertaking professional practice placement. They will receive formative feedback to guide their learning, and be provided with a final structured evaluation regarding their performance.

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