Foundations in Nursing 1

    Unit code: HNB1102 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1; and
    HNB1001 - The Professional Nurse and Midwife
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Aligned with quality and safety principles, opportunities are provided for students to explore and develop nursing knowledge and foundational skills for the provision of person-centred care, paying attention to the older person and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity. Key concepts to be addressed include numeracy skills, communication, and using the clinical reasoning cycle in the assessment, and management of patient functional status to promote patient safety. In addition, privacy, dignity, empowerment and promotion of patient comfort will be addressed.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critique exemplars of evidence-based practice in relation to the assessment, planning, prevention, management and evaluation of strategies of common areas of clinical risk;
    2. Initiate focused assessments to determine functional status of patients to provide physical and psychological comfort and care using a person-centred care approach;
    3. Exemplify intraprofessional and interprofessional communication including patient care documentation, handover and therapeutic communication, as elements of safe effective care; and
    4. Exhibit numeracy skills underpinning drug calculations to ensure safe practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students will undertake a numeracy test to demonstrate their ability to apply numeracy. In the second assessment, students will submit a written assignment based on a case study in order to critique and reflect on standards of care using evidence-based practice. In the third assessment students will engage in a group (pairs) activity developing a poster presentation based on a case study. Students will demonstrate appropriate levels of professional communication within intraprofessional and interprofessional teams and apply principles of evidence-based practice to ensure positive health outcomes for an individual.

    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 10%
    Numeracy Test
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 45%
    Case study report (1300 words)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 45%
    Part A: Poster Presentation (in pairs; 500 words) Part B: Individual evidence based written assessment (700 words)

    Required reading

    Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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