Foundations of Professional Practice 3A

Course code NURS3101Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

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. 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. Clinical scenarios focused on road accidents, burns, poisoning, farm injuries, falls and other occupational hazards and natural and environmental disasters are explored. The principles of triage and the nursing responses required in acute clinical situations such as haemodynamic and septic shock, head injury, spinal injury and mental health emergencies are addressed. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health; qualitative and quantitative research; relevant legal principles; and ethical concepts are integral to this course.

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

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:
* Professional practice
* Critical thinking and analysis
* Provision and coordination of care
* Collaborative and therapeutic practice
ContentModule 1 - Professional Practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* 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
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* outline the epidemiology and risk factors for selected injuries including road accidents, accidental and intentional poisoning, occupational hazards and farm injuries
* identify the increased risk of co-morbid mental illness (including post traumatic stress disorder) when a person experiences a catastrophic physical events outline the pathophysiology of different types of shock, burns,head and spinal injuries
* use relevant examples of qualitative and qualitative research to support your learning and clinical practice.

Module 3- Provision and coordination of care
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* 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, haemodynamic and septic shock, burns,head or spinal injuries
* 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
* discuss health promotion and patient education related to selected scenarios.

Module 4 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* apply a quality use of medicines framework to haemodynamic and septic shock, burns,head and spinal injuries
* demonstrate skills in multiprofessional 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.
Replacing Course(s)Emergency Nursing Therapeutics (NURS3197)
TransitionNURS3197 will be offered online in 2013 and 2014 for part time students or those who fail and need to repeat.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePrior successful completion of all 1001 and 2000 level courses.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
To be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to:
• Satisfactory completion and submission of all assessment items
• 100% mastery in medication calculation quiz.
• Complete the Final Exam
• Attend and participate in Tutorials
• Gain a combined score of 50% or higher from all graded assessment items.
Presentations - Individual
Quiz - ClassIn-Class Quizzes
Medication Calculation Quiz - requires 100% mastery in medication calculation. Medication calculations skills are essential for safe clinical practice.
Students will be provided with two opportunities to demonstrate mastery (inclusive of original and 1 attempt). Failure to achieve mastery will result in a FF grade for this course.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Nursing.

Prior successful completion of NURS1101, HUBS1406, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1416, NURS2101, NURS2102, NURS2103, NURS2201, NURS2202, NURS2203
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS3101