Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The course provides opportunities for students to consolidate theoretical knowledge, acquire skills and apply principles of care through case studies informed by the National Health Priority Areas. Within the simulated learning environment (SLE), skill acquisition and rehearsal take place using clinical reasoning with application to authentic simulated patient scenarios. Students will further consolidate the integration of theoretical knowledge and skills during a professional experience placement of 80 hours. The primary focus of this Professional Experience is caring for older people across a range of health care settings and conducting health assessments.


Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply the clinical reasoning to the assessment, planning and implementation of care for individuals and/or groups.

2. Demonstrate evidence-based, comprehensive assessment and planning of care that is person-centred, in accordance with relevant policies and clinical practice guidelines.

3. Demonstrate an ability to communicate and engage effectively with individuals and teams during simulated learning and professional experiences.

4. Practice principles of quality and safety, quality use of medicines and caring in all aspects of nursing care.

5. Perform and document a range of nursing skills in the simulation and/or clinical environment applying evidence from a range of sources.

6. Undertake critical reflective practice activities, including receiving and providing constructive feedback, that promotes the development of life-long learning and self-care strategies.


  • Thinking critically and analysing nursing practice
  • Engaging in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Maintaining capability for practice
  • Conducting comprehensive assessments
  • Developing a plan for nursing practice
  • Providing safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
  • Evaluating outcomes to inform nursing practice

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.

Assessment items

Quiz: Medication Calculation/Numeracy

Portfolio: Clinical Skills Portfolio

Performance: Professional Experience

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Manning Base Hospital and Gosford


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Simulation Experience


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.