This unit builds upon and integrates knowledge and skills gained in previous units of study. Students gain a deeper knowledge of the healthcare needs of culturally diverse communities of people with acute and chronic conditions as they transition through the healthcare system from home to hospital to the community and home. Students take a holistic, problem solving approach to nursing the person with complex healthcare needs. They are encouraged to apply higher-level knowledge and skills in clinical decision making. Taking an interdisciplinary approach this unit aims to promote the ability of students to influence decisions affecting care outcomes working collaboratively with other members of the healthcare team in a range of settings.

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HNB3102 - Nursing Professional Practice 2

HNB2106 - Professional Practice 2

HNB2205 - Nursing and Acute Care 2

HNB2207 - Professional Practice 3

HNB3227 - Mental Health and Nursing

HNB2206 - Nursing and Mental Health 2

RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Further expand knowledge and clinical decision making through the completion of problem based scenarios in relation to patients with a range of complex problems related to shock and other conditions;  
  2. Integrate previous knowledge about pathophysiology and pharmacology to utilise a problem based approach in decision making about complex patients with acute and chronic illnesses;  
  3. Demonstrate an integrated interprofessional approach to the assessment and delivery of nursing and medical interventions to people with complex care requirements via simulations and in the laboratory;  
  4. Explain the need for safe practice for the preparation and administration of medications for people with complex conditions in a range of settings;  
  5. Examine previous knowledge and skills that will encourage an understanding of how to take an interdisciplinary approach to care planning for patients;  
  6. Consolidate previous knowledge about shock management and the perioperative patient experience and integrate into the care of patients having planned or emergency surgery in the perioperative and critical care environments;  
  7. Demonstrate mastery in complex drug calculations;  
  8. Demonstrate knowledge, critical thinking and skills in complex psychomotor nursing interventions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Participation in online activities (1000 words) 20%
Other OSCA (skill testing) (10 minutes) 10%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 70%
Test Drug Calculation Mastery - 20 minutes 0%
Non Weighted Hurdle: Medication Calculation Assessment. Students must achieve 100% to pass. Students will be eligible for a maximum of 3 attempts for the medication calculation assessment. To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend all laboratory classes (or provide evidence to unit of study coordinator for consideration) and submit all assessment items. Students must achieve an aggregate score of 50%. There will be no supplementary assessments for this unit.

Required reading

Students are strongly encouraged to have access to the following texts.

Smeltzer & Bare's Textbook of medical surgical nursing, 4th ed.
Farrell, M. & Dempsey, J. (2017)
Sydney. Williams and Wilkins

Clinical psychomotor skills: Assessment tools for nurses 6th ed.
Tollefson, J. & Hillman, E. (2016)
Melbourne, Cengage

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