Foundations of Professional Practice 3A


Injury is the principal cause of death in people under 45, a leading cause of mortality, morbidity and permanent disability in Australia, and a major source of health care costs. Injury prevention and control is recognised as a National Health Priority and this course provides the theoretical foundations to the prevention and management of injury in adults and children as well as the principles and practices of disaster management. The clinical scenarios selected for this course focus on road accidents, burns, poisoning, falls drowning and natural and environmental disasters. The principles of triage and prioritisation of care required in critical clinical situations such as sepsis and septic shock, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and mental health emergencies are explored. Qualitative and quantitative research; relevant legal principles; and ethical concepts including organ donation are integral to this course.


Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice

2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to critical thinking and analysis

3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to provision and coordination of care

4. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice


Successful completion of the below modules will enable you to:

Module 1 - Professional Practice

  • demonstrate understanding of the legal principles relating to relevant aspects of the NSW Human Tissue Act (1983)
  • explore the ethical concepts of justice using Socratic dialogue

Module 2 - Critical thinking and analysis

  • identify and define common terms relating to and septic shock, burns, head and drowning and spinal injuries,
  • pathophysiology of different types of shock, burns, head and spinal injuries
  • identify the increased risk of co-morbid mental illness (including post-traumatic stress disorder) when a person experiences a ‘catastrophic physical event’
  • use relevant examples of qualitative and qualitative research to support your learning and clinical practice
  • apply the principles of academic integrity to your learning activities
  • demonstrate a beginning knowledge of the principles of disaster management
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of mechanism of injury in the assessment of the injured patient

Module 3 - Provision and coordination of care

  • use the clinical reasoning cycle to explore selected clinical scenarios
  • discuss cognitive errors as a factor in adverse client outcomes
  • use a structured evidence-based assessment framework in collecting data about the physical, socio-cultural and mental health of individuals with selected injuries,  including septic shock, burns, head or spinal injuries and drowning
  • identify a range of techniques, including observation, interview, physical and mental health assessment appropriate to comprehensive nursing assessment and undertaking a patient history
  • identify actual and potential health problems by interpretation of assessment data
  • use assessment data to plan and prioritise patient care
  • identify goals that are achievable and congruent with the values and beliefs of individuals/groups
  • identify expected health outcomes and times frames for achievement of goals
  • document a plan of care to achieve expected outcomes
  • identify appropriate and evidence-based nursing care for the achievement of health outcomes and goals
  • identify how to respond to haemodynamic and neurological deterioration rapidly and appropriately
  • demonstrate clinical communication skills that allow for changes in the individual's condition to be conveyed accurately and succinctly to other members of the health care team
  • plan appropriate evaluations to monitor progress of individuals towards planned outcomes
  • revise plan of care and determine further outcomes in accordance with evaluation of assessment data
  • discuss health promotion and patient education related to selected scenarios

Module 4 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice

  • apply a quality use of medicines framework to and septic shock, burns, head and spinal injuries demonstrate skills in written, verbal and electronic communication
  • demonstrate skills in inter-professional communication
  • demonstrate therapeutic communication skills when supporting individuals dealing with grief, loss and bereavement.
  • identify how to access appropriate supportive counselling for both individuals who have experienced a serious trauma and their carers/families
  • identify evidence-based treatment options for a person experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of major trauma
  • identify healthy ways of dealing with the stresses of caring for patients who have undergone a major trauma

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 enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements

Assumed Knowledge

Prior successful completion of all 1000 and 2000 level courses.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Abstract *

Presentation: Audio Visual Presentation - Powerpoint with voice-over *

Quiz: In term Quiz - tutorial preparation *

Formal Examination: Examination *

Quiz: Medication and IV Calculation Quiz *

* 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:

  • Formal Examination: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to submit all assessment items and gain at least 50% of the aggregate marks for the course.
  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: 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.
  • Quiz: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - 100% mastery in medication calculation quiz.

Contact Hours

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst, Ourimbah and Callaghan


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorials can be delivered either face to face or online.