Sexuality & Families

Course code NURS3163Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Examines and analyses the concepts of sexuality and family and their multiple expressions in contemporary society. Concepts of human sexuality can include psychosocial, emotional and physiological changes involved with conception, pregnancy and birthing. The complex nature of working with a family when nursing a child who is ill or has a disability is also examined. A clinical placement with a community focus and / or women's and children's health is part of the course.

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

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to expand their knowledge relevant to:
1. Synthesise learning about sexuality and families with previous understandings of health;
2. Apply knowledge of growth and development to analyse the needs of children of various ages;
3. Adapt communication skills to effectively engage with children and clients across their lifespan;
4. Describe common forms of developmental disability;
5. Explore issues for the family that includes a child with developmental disability;
6. Care for the hospitalised baby and child including calculating and administering IV fluids and drugs;
7. Appreciate pregnancy and birth as health events within a family;
8. Apply knowledge of conception, pregnancy and fetal growth to understand the experience of family members across a range of cultures during pregnancy;
9. Provide holistic client education concerning contraception, sexually transmitted infections and minor menstrual disorders;
10. Provide safe, effective and compassionate nursing care for clients who are experiencing reproductive health challenges including common investigative procedures and self examination of breasts and testicles;
11. Apply an evidence based approach to the assessment and holistic nursing care for clients experiencing diseases relating to the reproductive tract especially pelvic floor dysfunction, reproductive cancers and gynaecological and urological surgery;
12. Demonstrate an understanding of the law concerning child abuse and neglect;
13. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of gender differences on physical and psychological health, health breakdown and health related behaviours;
14. provide patient and family education that is sensitive to developmental age, gender and cultural needs;
15. Understand the role of the registered nurse and other members of a multidisciplinary health care team in providing age, gender and culturally appropriate patient care.
ContentTheme 1 - Family and Gender
Sexuality and its role in health
Gender, sexual differences and health
Diversity of family forms
Family violence and child abuse (including law)

Theme 2 - Paediatrics
Communication & Health History Taking
Physical & Developmental Examination of baby and child
Nursing care of the Hospitalised Child
Developmental Disability in children
Care of the disabled hospitalised child and family
Drug and Fluid calculations and administration for paediatric patients
Nurses' role in child protection

Theme 3 - Normal Pregnancy and Birth
Fetal development
Pregnancy Labour & Birth
Transition to parenthood
Community nursing and support services for families

Theme 4 - Reproductive Health
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Menstrual Disorders and Abnormal bleeding
Hysterectomy and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Reproductive cancers
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionHUBS1406 (Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery) - is equivalent to HUBS1401 (Human Bioscience).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAll 1000 and 2000 Bachelor of Nursing level courses
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalExam
Other: (please specify)Portfolio: Clinical portfolio.
Orientation Checklist
One Day Diary
Clinical Summary Forms

Satisfactory clinical performance is essential to achieve a pass or higher grade in this course
Presentations - GroupClass Poster/Group Activity - Abstract and poster presentation
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Laboratory: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Clinical: for 64 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of HUBS1401, NURS1171, NURS1181, HUBS1416, NURS1272, NURS1291, NURS1292, NURS2182, NURS2194 & NURS2296
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentAll level 1000 level BN coursesand NURS2182 and NURS2194.
No unresolved unsatisfactory reports from previous clinical placements.
Immunisation record card that meets the NSW Department of Health Guidelines
Signed confidentiality undertaking
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for NURS3163