This Cornerstone unit is a culminating and integrative experience used to synthesize learning across second year nursing by consolidating the theoretical and clinical knowledge and skills gained in pre-requisite units. It will foster life-long learning by requiring students to draw on knowledge of professional and ethical standards for practice and the patient safety competency framework to emulate professional nursing practice. Previously acquired learning will be analysed and extended through demonstration and assessment in authentic contextualised environments and prepare students for both PEP and the transition to 3rd year. Focussing on current health priorities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity, students will draw on the expertise of industry and consumers to inform best practice. They will explore the nature of advocacy and patient education, building upon knowledge and skills of contemporary acute and mental health nursing care and quality use of medications across the lifespan in primary, secondary and tertiary settings. This focus will assist students to re-contextualise and consolidate knowledge, communicate professionally and deliver legal, culturally safe and ethically appropriate quality care to consumers. Students will be engaged in intensive activities utilising Simulated-based learning (SBL) and Problem based learning (PBL) that are grounded in collaborative inquiry, critical thinking and discussion. These activities will foster a culture of intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration and action within scope of practice boundaries.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The individual student assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In part A of the first task, students will interact with a virtual simulation program designed to promote clinical reasoning, critical thinking and care prioritisation. Part B requires reflection on the simulation to recognise limitations and develop knowledge and skills to identify and solve problems in common medical/ surgical conditions. In the second 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. In the third assessment task students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in an OSCA scenario.
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):