The unit is designed to assist senior nursing students with their transition to registered graduate 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; engendering 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.

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VU Sunshine Clinical School
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HNB2008 - Contemporary Nursing C

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the role of the graduate registered nurse including their engagement in various dimensions of their leadership, mentorship and preceptorship and delegation to enrolled nurses;  
  2. Exemplify a broad range of therapeutic and professional communication skills in intraprofessional and interprofessional healthcare teams to build and foster collaborative, inclusive and respectful relationships with a diverse range of individuals, groups, colleagues and communities;  
  3. Critically review nursing professional standards, regulations for registration as a registered nurse, the ICN Code of Ethics for Nursing and NMBA Code of Conduct, the nursing advocacy role and the role of key professional organisations; and  
  4. Critically reflect on what they have learned about their future role as a competent, safe and confident, professional registered nurse and the requirements to maintain their competence throughout their career as a professional registered nurse.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. The first task will be a written individual assignment that links communication for future employment and requires critical thinking and planning. The group presentation will be a role play that will critically reflect graduate level knowledge and link this to future employment and understanding of the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016). The final assignment will draw together the work of the individual to produce a reflective and knowledge-based portfolio.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written assessment (1000 words) Critique 25%
Presentation Group class presentation Role Play 25%
Assignment Portfolio (2000 words) 50%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical laboratories and clinical simulations essential skill development as per ANMAC expectations. Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor. Attendance requirements for simulation classes are integral to safe nursing practice and prepare students for PEP.

Required reading

Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Practice 5th ed.
Chang, E., & Daly, J. (2019)
Elsevier: NSW

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