Specialty Nursing A

Course code NURS6772Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Emphasises the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practice in a range of specialist nursing areas. Specialist areas for study include emergency, intensive care, surgical, nephrology, parenting education and perioperative care. The Competency Standards for the Advanced Practice Nurse (Australian Nursing Federation, 1997) and the relevant specialist competency standards are the frameworks used to guide students in this course.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of the course, students will:

1.Understand the scope of clinical practice of the advanced nurse in the chosen specialty practice;
2.Identify the theoretical foundations of the chosen clinical specialty and construct a knowledge base that supports advanced nurse practice in the chosen specialty area;
3.Demonstrate and articulate the process of a comprehensive nursing assessment of a client using skills commensurate with an advanced practice nurse;
4.Explore and question the concepts of illness, wellness and health and the impact on the client and significant others and how they relate to the chosen nursing speciality and
5.Utilise critical reflection to enhance self-awareness, clinical expertise and professional development.
ContentScope of specialist nursing practice
Theoretical foundations for specialist nursing
Principles of health assessment for advanced practice
Illness, wellness and health relating to specialist nursing
Specialist areas for study include emergency, intensive care, surgical, nephrology, parenting education and periperative care.
Students select only one of these areas.
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted Bachelor of Nursing Degree or equivalent
Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice.
Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues.
Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation.
Ability to conceptualise practice.
Demonstrated Australian Nursing Council competencies.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Other: (please specify)Completion of clinical component (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentLimited by enrolment in the Master of Midwifery Studies, Master of Applied Management (Nursing), Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and the Master of Nursing (Advanced Practice).
Compulsory Program ComponentStudents must have concurrent employment in a specialty area (Minimum of 0.6% FTE per week).