Contemporary Nursing C

Unit code: HNB2008 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
VU Sunshine Clinical School
HNB2003 - Contemporary Nursing B
HNB2005 - Contemporary Nursing and Mental Health B
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise knowledge and further expand clinical decision making through critical thinking and skills in contemporary nursing interventions in current health priorities;
  2. Integrate previous knowledge about pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines to utilise a systematic problem-solving and evidence-based approach in decision making about patients with acute, chronic and mental health issues across the lifespan and cultural contexts;
  3. Exemplify intraprofessional and interprofessional communication skills and a collaborative approach to the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of person-centred care in acute and mental health care across the lifespan; and
  4. Analyse and reflect upon professional nursing practice and the safe delivery of ethical and culturally competent care within their current scope of practice as a student registered nurse.


For Melbourne campuses

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.

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 15%
Part A - Online Simulation Scenario
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Part B - Online Simulation Reflection (written assignment 500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Evidence based Case Study (written assignment 1500 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 15%
OSCA/Simulated Scenario

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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