The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides the clinical foundations to the care of adults and children across a range of contexts. The development of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills related to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care, safe medication practices, relevant legal and ethical principles are integral to this course.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate person-centered care in practice

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between person-centred care, therapeutic communication and patient safety

3. Demonstrate safe and effective nursing practice consistent with client needs and plan of care including the involvement of other health care professionals

4. Apply an evidence-based assessment framework to collect data about the physical, socio-cultural and mental health of individuals

5. Demonstrate a range of techniques, including observation, interview, physical assessment to conduct a comprehensive nursing assessment

6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing actions

7. Utilise clinical reasoning skills (cycle) in both simulated settings and clinical practice.

8. Demonstrate interprofessional communication skills including the use of ISBAR, patient handover and report writing

9. Reflect on nursing practice and identify professional development needs

10. Apply professional and ethical nursing frameworks to practice

11. Integrate into practice common law and legislation relating to professional practice and accountability including: consent; NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act (1969) and Regulation (2008); NSW Ministry of Health Policy policies related to: `Medication management in NSW public hospitals; `Health Care Records - Documentation and Management; `Records - Principles for Creation, Management, Storage and Disposal of Health Care Records; and Medical Records

12. Demonstrate beginning understanding of health informatics and health technology as essential for safe and effective delivery of care

13. Students that complete this course will also be able to demonstrate competence in the following core skills at a beginning level: a. taking, assessing and recording the vital signs (including pulse oximetry) b. mobility assessment c. provision of hygiene care d. safe moving of client unable to assist or get out of bed e. Simple dressing technique f. calculation of medication dosages g. medication administration (oral)


Person-centred care; therapeutic communication, health assessment; care planning; implementation and evaluation; quality use of medications; client education; cultural competence, clinical reasoning; and reflective 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.


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

Pre-requisite - successful completion of NURS1101.

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - successful completion of or concurrent enrolment in NURS1201.

Assumed knowledge



Assessment items

Written Assignment: Case Study

Quiz: Medication Administration *

Quiz: Quiz *

Professional Task: Clinical Performance (Laboratory, Core Skills and Clinical Summary Sheets) *

* 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:

  • Clinical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Clinical Placement will be 80 hours Compulsory Requirement: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. Students are required to complete 100 percent of clinical placement hours and provide evidence of attendance
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - To be eligible to attend clinical placement 100 percent attendance and satisfactory performance is required in clinical laboratories. Attendance is essential preparation for clinical practice and provides relevant clinical skills and medication related knowledge. Students will only be given the opportunity for a makeup laboratory if an adverse circumstances form is submitted and approved by the course coordinator. Failure to attend a clinical lab can result in either cancellation or postponement of clinical placement. Complete the required clinical laboratory preparation as outlined in the Clinical Laboratory Workbooks.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must provide evidence of satisfactory performance (Clinical Laboratory and Clinical Placement). *Note: Students must retain hard copies of their clinical performance documentation as evidence of competence and produce these documents upon request. The due dates for these competencies are as per timetabled labs and clinical placements. Students must sign attendance sheets for every laboratory session as evidence of attendance.
  • Quiz: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve 100 percent in the medication calculation quiz.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Compulsory Requirement: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Note: Tutorials can be delivered face to face or online