Contemporary Nursing A

    Unit code: HNB2001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HNB1205 - Foundations in Nursing 2
    HNB1003 - Professional Experience Placement 1 Nursing
    HMB1002 - Fundamentals of Midwifery and Nursing (applicable for HBMA students ONLY)
    HMB1003 - Midwifery and Nursing Professional Practice Experience (applicable for HBMA students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit explores person-centred care of patients bridging the lifespan from infant to the older adult. The unit will examine acute and chronic disorders integrating the pathophysiological processes, progression and complications to enhance understanding of the associated nursing care. Students will be introduced to treatment options inclusive of pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines management, highlighting the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of relevant medications utilised for acute exacerbations and chronic management, alongside relevant nursing care practices specific to medication interventions. Students will enhance their understanding of cultural competence when nursing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity, across health contexts. Through the use of clinical nursing laboratories and simulations, students will be guided through contemporary nursing practices, including: bridging the theory–practice gap through the use of teamwork; patient scenarios; digital health with emphasis on critical thinking; and, clinical reasoning. This approach will assist the student in understanding appropriate nursing care and management, the importance of collaborative and patient centred communication, ethical and legal implications and the evidence underpinning best practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Articulate and apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning related to evidence-based nursing practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions from the infant to the older adult;
    2. Critically reflect on the nursing standards, nursing code of conduct, code of ethics and legal considerations with the inclusion of digital health encompassing the care of the patient with acute and chronic conditions.
    3. Evaluate the pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications associated with acute and chronic conditions of the cardiac, respiratory, endocrine and renal systems, linking pharmacological treatment options to inform person-centred care;
    4. Advocate the importance of cultural awareness within nursing practice, the engagement of the patient in decision making and the role of the interprofessional healthcare team;
    5. Exhibit competency in drug calculation and principles of safe medication administration within scope of practice; and
    6. Exemplify professionalism through team collaboration, documentation, clinical handover and therapeutic communication in the safe delivery of person-centred care within their current scope of practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessments will be integrated throughout the 4-week block, allowing adequate time for preparation and student feedback. The Medsafe drug calculation assessment is not a hurdle but will be used to assist students in gaining proficiency in drug calculations in preparation for requisite medication knowledge in future units. Group work will be utilised in assessment Part A: Case Study, whereby students will apply clinical reasoning to a patient scenario. This assessment further develops the links between pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, nursing standards and cultural competence. In Part B of the assessment task, students will analyse and reflect on professional practice, integrate previous knowledge and evidence-based care to problem solve and make clinical decisions in a contemporary nursing case study. Students will exhibit and critique their own practice in the OSCA assessment.

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Medsafe Drug Calculation
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Part A: Case Study – Clinical Reasoning Cycle (Group work)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Part B: Written Assessment (1500 words)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 30%
    OSCA (10%) (Reflection equivalent to 1000 words - 20%)

    Required reading

    Smeltzer & Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing
    Farrell, M. (2017)| Wolters Kluwer
    McKenna's Drug Handbook for Nursing and Midwifery Australia and New Zealand
    McKenna, L. & Mirkov, S (2019)| Wolters Kluwer
    Clinical Psychomotor Skills: Assessment tools for nurses
    Tollefson, J. and Hamilton, E. (2019)| Ed. Cengage

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