Foundations of Professional Practice 2A


This course provides the theoretical foundations to the nursing care of adults and children across a range of clinical contexts. The gastrointestinal, endocrine and kidney diseases that feature in the clinical scenarios selected for this course are based on Australia's National Health Priority Areas and the impact of these diseases on morbidity and mortality. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; evidence-based practice; relevant legal and ethical principles are integral to this course.


Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between person-centred care, therapeutic communication and patient safety

2. Outline the epidemiological profile

3. Explain the relationships between the pathophysiology and symptomatology

4. Utilise critical thinking skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of medical, surgical and palliative nursing care

5. Identify the psychosocial impact on the person and their family

6. Utilise clinical reasoning skills in responding to clinical scenarios involving patient deterioration such as fluid and electrolyte imbalance, acute pain, blood transfusion reactions, and diabetic emergencies

7. Identify and discuss the attributes and skills required for culturally competent practice

8. Conduct a cultural assessment and a spiritual assessment

9. Identify, discuss and identify how communication impacts on patient safety

10. Discuss the professional and therapeutic implications of open disclosure

11. Explain and debate the ethical concepts of beneficence and non-maleficence in relation to specific clinical situations

12. Examine the relevant aspects of common law and legislation relating to professional accountability including: negligence, professional misconduct, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (2009), the Coroner's Act (1980) and the NSW Health Care Complaints Act (1993) and apply them to specific clinical situations

13. Critically appraise and utilise qualitative and quantitative research to inform nursing care

14. Discuss health promotion and identify appropriate patient education resources and considerations related to selected clinical situation


Person-centred care; reflective practice; clinical reasoning; patient education and health promotion; holistic healthcare; cultural competence; recognition and management of 'the deteriorating patient'; quality use of medicines; and care of the person requiring medical, surgical and palliative care including: fluid and electrolyte, diabetes; pain, stoma, wound and nutrition management.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Bachelor of Nursing program and have successfully completed NURS1101 and NURS1103 and successfully completed or are concurrently enrolled in HUBS1406, NURS1201 and NURS1202.

Assumed Knowledge

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406 and HUBS1416 Prior successful completion of or concurrent enrolment in Clinical Practice 2A (NURS2102)

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination *

Written Assignment: Clinical Reasoning *

Written Assignment: Cultural Reflection *

Quiz: Tutorial Quizzes *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Term

Simulation - Cultural Empathy


Face to Face On Campus 18 hour(s) per Term

Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 20 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Tutorial can be delivered either face to face or online