Contemporary Nursing B

    Unit code: HNB2003 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HNB2001 - Contemporary Nursing A
    HNB2002 - Contemporary Nursing and Mental Health A (applicable for HBNB students ONLY)
    HMB1003 - Midwifery and Nursing Professional Practice Experience (applicable for HBMA students ONLY)
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    The unit explores contemporary nursing care of patients with acute and chronic disorders across the lifespan using a person-centred approach. The unit will examine the related underlying pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications to enhance understanding of acute exacerbation, chronic management and the associated nursing care of selected conditions. Students will investigate pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics for the pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines in the selected disorders.
    Students will further develop nursing skills linked to care of patients with selected disorders and consolidate contemporary practice by applying therapeutic and team communication using case-based scenarios in nursing simulation. Students will utilise critical thinking and clinical reasoning, including legal and ethical considerations to understand and exhibit appropriate nursing care interventions using evidence underpinning best practice. Through a cultural competency framework students will critically reflect on their nursing practice, across the lifespan, when caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity whilst conceptualising health context impacts.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Articulate and apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning in relation to evidence-based nursing practice in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the treatment and management of acute and chronic conditions across the lifespan in primary, secondary and tertiary settings building on previous learning;
    2. Critically review and apply 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 pathophysiological concepts, processes, progression and complications associated with acute and chronic conditions, of the neurological, musculoskeletal, reproductive, digestive system linking pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines to inform patient care;
    4. Advocate the importance of cultural awareness and safety within nursing practice, the engagement of the patient in decision making and the role of the interprofessional healthcare team;
    5. Exhibit mastery of 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

    The assessment tasks are associated to the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. The first assessment is a medication calculation hurdle assessment that requires students to achieve 100% to pass the unit. In the written assessment, students will critically apply the clinical reasoning cycle to formulate a plan of care attributed to an interpretation of a patient scenario.
    . The OSCA assessment allows students to role-play in pairs and clearly authenticates appropriate communication skills (intraprofessional and nurse- patient), psychomotor skills and reflective practice related to safe patient care. Reflection-in-action provides the opportunity for students to actively evaluate their actions and practices during their OSCA. The test is two parts with in-class online tests based on weekly focus topics and a case study-based patient scenario and questions consolidating overall learning outcomes.

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 0%
    Medication Calculation Test (hurdle)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Individual Written Assignment (Case study: Clinical Reasoning Cycle: 1800 words)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 15%
    OSCA Practical Skill and Reflection
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 45%
    Part A Online test (20%) Part B Case study (Patient Scenario and Questions) (2 hours) (25%)

    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 Hillman, E. (2019)| Cengage

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