This unit builds on knowledge and skills gained from Contemporary Nursing A & B, Nursing and Mental Health A & B, and Professional Experience Placement 2 & 3. Students will investigate the pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics that inform evidence-based nursing care and management. They will further explore the transition of the patient through the Australian healthcare environment to the home setting. The healthcare requirements of culturally diverse communities with acute and chronic illnesses with complex healthcare needs are addressed. Students will integrate the elements of holistic problem-solving by using higher order critical thinking skills and reflection in decision-making processes to provide person-centred care across the lifespan. The student will use digital health, comprehensive health assessment and care planning to assess and deliver appropriate nursing care through effective teamwork, collaboration and clinical handover.
The students will integrate patient scenarios in the clinical nursing labs and simulations to demonstrate professionalism and their ability to link theory to evidence-based practice for recognising, and responding to, a clinically deteriorating patient. Through the development of professional attributes, values, ongoing self-assessment, self-determination, and preparedness for self-directed and life-long learning, the student will be work ready for their clinical practice.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HNB3141

Prerequisites

HNB3102 - Nursing Professional Practice 2

HNB2207 - Professional Practice 3

HNB3227 - Mental Health and Nursing

HNB2008 - Contemporary Nursing C

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate and corroborate evidence-based knowledge and legal and ethical considerations when making clinical decisions in relation to person-centred care scenarios across the lifespan with a range of deteriorating complex illnesses/conditions;  
  2. Integrate previous knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines and the acquisition of clinical skills in nursing laboratories and simulation;  
  3. Exemplify an intraprofessional and interprofessional person-centred communication approach in comprehensive evidence-based assessment, and nursing interventions through simulated scenarios;  
  4. Exemplify safe practice when preparing and administrating medications for people across the lifespan with complex illnesses/conditions in a range of settings; and  
  5. Exemplify the use of remote and in person digital health approaches in communications to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity when delivering complex nursing interventions.  

Assessment

The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment task students will work together in a group in relation to a case study and then present this information as a Poster (summative). In the third assessment task students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in an OSCA.
Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case study Written assessment (1200 words) 30%
Poster Part A Group poster presentation (750 words) Part B individual written assignment (1500 words) 55%
Other OSCA (skill testing) 15%
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. Attendance requirements for nursing labs and simulations are integral to safe nursing practice and prepare students for PEP.

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