The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course prepares students for clinical placements and provides an introduction to clinical practice issues such as self-care, patient safety and professional communication. Mindfulness, mental health first aid, workplace health and safety, safe patient moving, infection control, patient assessment and hygiene, therapeutic and person-centred communication will each be addressed.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss person-centred assessment and apply to the collection of health data/cues

2. Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills

3. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection in health

4. Utilise mindfulness strategies to manage person stressors

5. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of how to provide support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

6. Identify the importance of mandatory notification requirements in national law in relation to impaired students and reflect on personal factors related to health and well-being that may impact on being fit for practice

7. Demonstrate an understanding of your role in maintaining patient safety

8. Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning and their application to health care

9. Demonstrate the ability to reflect on your practice

10. Explain infection control principles and procedures and demonstrate effective hand hygiene

11. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant aspects of the Workplace Health & Safety Act (2011)

12. Demonstrate ergonomic principles to prevent manual handling injuries and promote patient comfort and safety

13. Discuss how the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's competency standards, codes of ethics and codes of professional conduct provide a framework for professional practice and performance assessment

14. Identify the differences in scope of practice, accountability and responsibility between students, registered nurses, enrolled nurses and unlicensed health care workers

15. Undertake the process for NSW Health Verification Requirements for preparation to attend placement


Person-centred care; patient safety; workplace health and safety; health promotion; self-care, mindfulness, mental health first aid, safe patient moving, infection control, patient assessment, patient hygiene, therapeutic communication, and preparation for clinical placement

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.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Bachelor of Nursing (11725) program.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessment *

Quiz: Quiz *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory attendance, assessment of competence and evidence of compulsory requirements *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - - Attend specified clinical laboratories and workshops and demonstrate satisfactory performance

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Non completion of this requirement will result in a FF grade for this course

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Self-Directed Learning

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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1