In this unit students consolidate knowledge, integrate theory and reflect on practice gained in previous units, applying these to the PEP setting. Students will be specifically focussing on the health needs of the community in nursing specialty areas to apply higher-order critical thinking and reflective practice. They will demonstrate multi-faceted clinical and independent decision making, as they engage in collaborative person-centred care in a range of contexts across the lifespan. Students are required to complete 160 hours of PEP.

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HNB3001 - Nursing in Specialty Areas

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify therapeutic and professional communication skills for safe nursing practice within the current student scope of practice within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams related to selected speciality areas;  
  2. Critique related knowledge and skills and apply clinical reasoning and a person-centred approach to the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of nursing care to individuals across various contexts of care across the lifespan and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity;  
  3. Exemplify safe pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicine principles within scope of practice;  
  4. Integrate the legislative and ethical foundations, code of conduct and evidence-based health care and treatment, in the role and responsibilities of the registered nurse; and  
  5. Exhibit reflexivity and responsiveness to feedback and regarding performance and behaviour during PEP.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Summative Assessment Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) Pass/Fail
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) and complete 160 hours of professional practice in order to pass this unit.

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