Transition to Professional Practice B

Course code NURS3274Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course provides students with a sustained period of clinical practice to enable them to prepare effectively for professional practice. This preparation involves working alongside registered nurses and demonstrating an increasing ability to provide care for a group of clients as an effective practitioner. An integral aspect of professional function is the ability to manage one's practice. Understanding the application of processes to achieve quality care is an integral aspect of professional practice.

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
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Demonstrate the development of a body of knowledge in relation to complex health breakdown processes as they apply to individuals;
2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake patient assessment, develop a plan of care according to the results of patient assessment, formulate expected outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of care;
3. Discuss the processes involved in health breakdown in situations encountered within the elective clinical placement;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of public health, health education and health equity;
5. Demonstrate personal practice management skills in the clinical context consistent with the performance of a new practitioner;
6. Apply an evidence based approach to the assessment and nursing care of clients experiencing illness;
7. Reflect on personal professional practice and identify opportunities for ongoing development;
8. Describe continuous quality improvement processes used within the clinical context;
9. Discuss and apply the concepts/models of community health care in rehabilitation, continuity of care, living with chronic illness, health promotion, and prevention, etc;
10. Evaluate the impact of the community context and public policy as determining factors in community health; and
11. Develop and demonstrate group work skills
ContentClinical placement.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSatisfactory completion of all 1000 and 2000 level BN courses and NURS3163, NURS3184, NURS3197, NURS3198
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsClinical
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA quality management essay relating to nurse sensitive patient outcomes. Students are required to conduct a clinically based audit in consultation with their academic mentor as part of this assessment.
Other: (please specify)Formal assessment of clinical performance - a competent performance rating is essential to gain a pass or higher grade in this course. Submission of weekly Clinical Summary forms must be used to provide evidence of attendance and satisfactory clinical performance
Other: (please specify)Critical Reflection to demonstrate the link between the student's clinical placement experience and their own reflective practice
Quiz - On-linePrimary health / Sociology quiz -focused on health social policy and community health.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Clinical: for 168 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of HUBS1401, NURS1171, NURS1181, HUBS1416, NURS1272, NURS1291, NURS1292, NURS2182, NURS2193, NURS2194, NURS2283, NURS2295, NURS2296 and at least one of the following courses – NURS3163, NURS3197 or NURS3198
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentSatisfactory completion of all 1000 and 2000 level BN courses and NURS3163, NURS3184, NURS3197, NURS3198. No unresolved unsatisfactory reports in previous clinical placements.

Immunisation record card that meets the NSW Department of Health Guidelines.
Signed confidentiality undertaking.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS3274