Foundations of Professional Practice 1A

Course code NURS1101Units 20Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course prepares nursing and midwifery students for their roles as knowledgeable and skilled health care professionals. It provides an introduction to and foundation for critical thinking and competent clinical practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor Midwifery programs

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to:
* Critical thinking and analysis
* Professional practice
* Collaborative and therapeutic practice
ContentThis course comprises three Themes. Each has a defined set of learning outcomes as listed below:
Theme 1 - Critical thinking and analysis
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

* think, read, write, listen, discuss and reason critically (at a beginning level)
* use relevant literature and research findings to support your learning and future practice.

Theme 2- Professional practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:

* discuss factors at an introductory level, that enhance or detract from quality and safety in healthcare
* examine the legal and ethical implications of selected clinical scenarios
* outline how nursing or midwifery philosophies, theories, models and frameworks guide
contemporary practice
* identify personal factors related to health and well-being that may impact on being fit for practice

Theme 3 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of person-centred care
* demonstrate the principles and practices of therapeutic communication
* demonstrate aggression minimisation strategies
* demonstrate infection control and occupational health and safety principles and practices
Replacing Course(s)NURS1171 - Introduction to Health Clinical Practice (10 units)
NURS1181 - Foundations of Nursing (10 units)
TransitionNURS1171 and NURS1181 will be offered online in 2011 and 2012 for part-time students and those who fail and need to repeat.

Students who have previously undertaken NURS1171 & NURS1181, are not eligible enrol in this course. Only students from the Bachelor of Nursing Program (11725) and the Bachelor of Midwifery Program (12200) are eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsIncorporating professional, ethical and legal issues and quality and safety in health care
Integrated Core Competencies (including evidence of competence in therapeutic communication, aggression minimisation, safe patient movement and hand hygiene)
Failure to achieve competence will result in a FF grade for this course
100% Clinical Laboratory attendance - attendance is essential preparation for clinical practice and provides relevant OH&S knowledge and skills.

Students may be given the opportunity for a makeup laboratory if an adverse circumstance form is submitted and approved by the course coordinator.

Failure to attend will result in a FF grade for this course.
TutorialOnline Tutorial Preparation Quiz
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 20 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Computer Lab: for 3 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery program.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled the course learning objectives and to be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to:
• Submit all assessment items
• Gain a total mark of 50% or higher for assessment items in the course, excluding the 5 bonus points
• Complete each online clinical laboratory preparation quiz (for laboratory sessions 1-3) prior to attendance
• Complete 20 clinical laboratory hours and demonstrate satisfactory performance
• Achieve mastery of the integrated core competency
• Provide evidence of a nationally accredited and Apply Senior First Aid certificate (as at 1 June)
Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Compulsory Program ComponentMandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Academic Integrity Module
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS1101