This capstone unit integrates and builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in previous units of study. Students apply the knowledge and skills gained in HNB3141 Nursing & Complex Care to the clinical setting specifically focussing on the health needs of the local community. Students also consider how the social-cultural aspects of clients in their care impact on their health and the illness experience. Students apply the higher-level knowledge and skills gained in HNB3141 Nursing & Complex Care in clinical decision making, enabling more independent decision making and skills to engage in collaborative practice in a range of contexts across the lifespan. This unit (HNB3124) aims to promote the ability of students to influence decisions affecting care outcomes. Students in this unit are advised that restrictions apply to withdrawing online once enrolled, to meet the requirements of external placement providers.

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HNB2106 - Professional Practice 2

RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

HNB2205 - Nursing and Acute Care 2

HNB2206 - Nursing and Mental Health 2

HNB2207 - Professional Practice 3

HNB3141 - Nursing and Complex Care

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine their current scope of practice and work within this;  
  2. Apply quality measures to evaluate healthcare delivery performance;  
  3. Articulate communication strategies to enhance disciplinary and interdisciplinary teamwork  
  4. Demonstrate problem solving, time management and decision-making strategies that support successful outcomes in patient care;  
  5. Utilise comprehensive risk management in patient care  
  6. Demonstrate the ability to provide patient care in a changing health care environment  
  7. Explain knowledge and defend clinical decisions in patient care with preceptors/educators;  
  8. Exhibit the ability to assess, plan and implement care for and evaluate the care of complex patients;  
  9. Demonstrate effective presentation and report writing skills;  
  10. Safely perform complex nursing interventions  


Clinical unit of study enrolment, placement allocation and academic progress will be managed according to the Bachelor of Nursing Professional Practice Guidelines.
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 120 hours of professional practice in order to pass this unit. The ANSAT assesses learning outcomes 1 to 10 as required standards for nursing practice. Students will be supervised by a Registered nurse in the external nursing facilities whilst undertaking professional practice placement. They will receive formative feedback to guide their learning, and be provided with a final structured evaluation regarding their performance.

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