In this unit students will reflect on their practice and recognise their responsibility for lifelong learning as future Registered Nurses. Student will be supported to produce a substantive portfolio that demonstrates their integrated professional capabilities and insights into practice. In this capstone unit, students will consolidate knowledge and integrate theory and reflect on practice from previous units with 160 hours of embedded PEP. The portfolio will draw on students' nursing practice across the lifespan taking into account Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity across a range of primary, secondary and tertiary settings. The unit will conclude with a mini symposium to share the highlights of their portfolio.

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HNB3141 - Nursing and Complex Care

HNB3002 - Professional Experience Placement 4 Nursing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Negotiate and validate a plan for professional learning consistent with the placement context of practice and aligned to the Registered Nurse Standards of 2016;  
  2. Exemplify cultural responsiveness, sensitivity and inclusive practice and promote the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other cultures and people of diversity;  
  3. Exemplify a broad range of therapeutic and intraprofessional and interprofessional communication skills to engage in person-centred collaborative practice;  
  4. Elucidate intellectual independence through the application of critical thought and judgement in professional and therapeutic nursing practice;  
  5. Appraise ethical dilemmas and issues arising in professional practice, exemplifying professional values and ethics;  
  6. Articulate and exemplify nursing values, codes of ethics and conduct, and the distinctive role and contribution of nursing research in addressing real world problems encountered in professional practice; and  
  7. Integrate previous knowledge and exhibit safe and effective care related to pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.  


The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment of this 24 credit point unit, students will submit an early proposal for a portfolio. In the second assessment task, students will demonstrate development of knowledge with submission of a progress report. In the third assessment task, students will demonstrate reflective writing and narrative skills with submission of the summative portfolio. The fourth assessment will demonstrate theoretical knowledge and presentation skills with a themed symposium presentation in the final week. The last assessment will demonstrate clinical knowledge and skills with the completion of 160 hours of PEP and satisfactory pass on the summative Australian Nursing Standard Assessment Tool (ANSAT).
Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Proposal (500 words) 10%
Assignment Progress report (750 words) 15%
Report Portfolio related to PEP (3000 words, which includes appendices and references). 50%
Other Themed symposium presentation (20 minutes) 25%
Other PEP ANSAT (hurdle) 160 hours 0%
NB. Consideration for submission of assessment will be contingent on the students allocated PEP to ensure that assessments are scaffolded throughout the eight weeks of delivery. To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical laboratories and clinical simulations for essential skill development as per ANMAC expectations. Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor. 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. Attendance requirements for simulations are integral to safe nursing practice and prepare students for PEP.

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