The Professional Nurse and Midwife

    Unit code: HNB1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans


    This unit introduces and contextualises key fundamental concepts of nursing across the lifespan and midwifery. It introduces students to the diverse roles and inclusive, culturally relevant practice, in providing a respectful response to consumers within the various health care settings in Australia. History and the various opportunities and barriers that have influenced the development of these professions, inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity, will be explored and debated. Professional standards, codes of conduct, ethical codes and ethical-legal principles will be explored and posited as a basis for these professions. The process of communication, self-reflection, questioning and at an emergent level, critical thinking in preparation for problem recognition and problem solving, is explored within the framework of person-centred care and intraprofessional and interprofessional practice. Research, academic writing skills and knowledge of evidence-based professional practice equip the learner as a beginning scholar and practitioner.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critically review the evolution of professional nursing and midwifery practice;
    2. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the Australian healthcare system and how nurses/midwives practice within primary, secondary and tertiary settings with individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity;
    3. Integrate the legal and ethical principles, professional codes and standards in various practice related scenarios;
    4. Contextualise principles of effective communication required for professional nursing and midwifery practice and intraprofessional and interprofessional practice; and
    5. Exemplify self-reflection together with knowledge of research practice at an appropriate level as the basis of evidence-based professional practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment students will create a video blog describing a health care service and the evolution of the nurse or midwife in that service. In the second assessment, students will integrate knowledge of the NMBA codes and Nursing Standards of Practice (2016) to a clinical case study using a scholarly approach to academic writing. The final assessment will be scenario-based role play (pairs) developing skills in intraprofessional and interprofessional communication and the opportunity for students to reflect on their performance.

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 25%
    Video Blog (750-word equivalent)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Case study drawing on evidence based literature (1000-words)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 35%
    Role play in groups and written reflection of performance (750 words)

    Required reading

    Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: A person-centred approach to care
    Hill, R., Hall, H., & Glew, P. (2017a)| Wolters Kluwer

    As part of a course

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