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 Interim Clinical Appraisal Pass/Fail
Practicum Final Clinical Appraisal Pass/Fail
Students must achieve the grade 'Pass' on their final clinical appraisal and complete the required number of "Employer competencies" to pass this unit.

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