The unit is designed to assist senior nursing students with their transition to a registered nurse. It focuses on the role and responsibilities of the beginning practitioner as a competent, safe and confident, professional registered nurse. In this unit the senior student will be assisted to recognise their future role focusing on high quality communication including health and peer education, ethical and legal practice, collaborative practice, professional practice, cultural safety and the use of research evidence for all aspects of practice. The unit will introduce the student to their leadership role including clinical leadership, preceptorship and mentorship. The unit also supports students to develop their advocacy role. It encourages the application of advanced communication skills, critical thinking frameworks and problem-solving skills; developing deep rather than surface learning; encouraging the senior students to recognise that graduates take professional responsibility for continuing competence, being self-directed and life-long learners.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities and are based on current themes and contemporary nursing practice. The first task will be a written individual assignment that links communication for future employment and requires critical thinking and planning. The second assignment will draw together the work of the individual to produce a reflective and knowledge-based portfolio. The group presentation will critically reflect graduate level knowledge and link this to future employment and understanding of the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016).
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):