Foundations in Nursing 2

Unit code: HNB1205 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
St Albans
HNB1102 - Foundations in Nursing 1; and
HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit, students will use person-centred care, therapeutic intraprofessional and interprofessional communication, safety and quality principles, to further develop knowledge and foundational skills introduced in previous units to support individuals across the lifespan, paying attention to the older adult. Students will draw from knowledge gained in both anatomy and physiology units to undertake comprehensive and systematic health assessments, implement appropriate evidence-based interventions and evaluate outcomes, and document findings using digital health. Students will examine specific physiological, psychological and cultural aspects of an individual’s nursing care with attention to individuals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity. Early detection of deteriorating patient status and basic life support will be covered. The principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will be introduced as the foundation for pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply novice level evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning to focused assessments, associated symptoms and planning of care and evaluation using person-centred principles across the lifespan including people of diversity and different cultures;
  2. Demonstrate primary and secondary assessments used to identify the elements of clinical deterioration and timely reporting using documentation and clinical handover;
  3. Demonstrate accurate calculation of drug doses for safe medication administration;
  4. Identify common groups of medications and their related pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; and
  5. Apply effective therapeutic communication skills with patients, families and intraprofessional and interprofessional healthcare teams to ensure the provision of safe quality care.


For Melbourne campuses

The assessment tasks for this unit link to graduate capabilities and learning outcomes. In assessment one, students will undertake an online medication calculation and medication rights test. The second assessment will be a patient case study where students will identify and discuss the patient’s current problems, identify and discuss data indicating any signs of patient deterioration and discuss appropriate strategies to effectively manage the patient. The third assessment involves students self-assessing and reflecting on their skills in labs and simulations, with reference to the ANSAT. The last assessment will be an OSCA, where students will be assessed on their competency in undertaking a patient physical assessment in the nursing laboratories.

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Medication Calculation and Rights Test (hurdle)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 45%
Case Study (1500 words)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 25%
Self-assessment and reflection on lab work (10%) and Self-assessment and reflection on simulations (15%)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 30%
OSCA Physical Assessment

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