Consolidation of Nursing Practice

Unit code: HNB3005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Self-Paced
VU Sunshine Clinical School
HNB3141 - Nursing and Complex Care
HNB3002 - Professional Experience Placement 4 Nursing
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit students will reflect on their practice and recognise their responsibility for lifelong learning as future Registered Nurses. Students 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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 narrated visual presentation. 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: Report
Grade: 10%
Proposal (500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 15%
Progress report (750 words)
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 50%
Portfolio related to PEP (3000 words, which includes a reflection, appendices and references).
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 25%
Narrated visual presentation (20 minutes)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
PEP ANSAT (hurdle) 160 hours

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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