The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills developed in 'HNB2104 Nursing and Acute Care 1' and 'RBM2101 Pathophysiology and Quality Use of Medicines 1' in an acute medical/surgical health care setting. Students are required to complete 160 professional practice hours. In particular, students will have the opportunity to practice acute care skills required of the registered nurse.

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HNB2104 - Nursing and Acute Care 1 and

RBM2101 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify their current scope of practice and work within this.  
  2. Apply relevant knowledge and skills and utilise a problem solving approach to the nursing management of individuals across various contexts of care.  
  3. Explain the legislative and ethical foundations of relevant health care and treatment, in particular the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse.  
  4. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for individuals and families in consultation with the nursing team.  
  5. Demonstrate health assessment knowledge and skills in physical assessment.  
  6. Demonstrate skills in the safe practice of medication management (including drug calculation, knowledge of medication used, medication orders, etc.).  
  7. Utilise culturally appropriate communication, assessment and intervention strategies.  
  8. Describe the clinical manifestations and collaborative management of common acute health disorders.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Interim Professional Practice Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Practicum Final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Students must achieve the grade 'Pass' on their Final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal to pass this unit. Supplementary assessment is not available for the Professional Practice Performance Appraisal.

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