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 and relevant ethical and legal principles are integral to this course. This course includes 4 weeks clinical placement.

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. Apply knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of fluid/electrolyte status and pain in a pre-operative and/or post-operative simulated setting.

2. Demonstrate safe and legal administration of intravenous fluids and medications: including insulin infusion administration and analgesia by IMI and using a PCA in a simulated setting

3. Demonstrate safe and professional nursing care when managing acute and chronic wounds in a simulated setting

4. Demonstrate safe and professional nursing care when managing a stoma and a enteral tube feeding in a simulated setting

5. Demonstrate safe and effective written and verbal communication skills when providing care.

6. Simulate effective communication when providing palliative and end-of-life person-centred care

7. Demonstrate a level of competence commensurate with a second year nursing student in the following core skills: • intravenous therapy (IVT) (establishment & management) • intramuscular medication administration • Comprehensive pain assessment • Mental Health assessment (depending on NURS2103 enrolment)

8. Plan and provide person centred, safe, ethical and legal professional nursing care to patients in a clinical setting (settings include but are not restricted to mental health, ageing, acute, rehabilitation, community, justice) with the involvement of other health professionals

9. Demonstrate appropriate nursing practice in accordance with the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice including the ability to communicate in English with patients and staff in the clinical environment

10. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with consumers, families, carers and the interdisciplinary team in the clinical environment


Person-centred care; critical thinking in health assessment and care planning; clinical reasoning; care of 'the deteriorating patient', cultural competence; quality use of medicines; therapeutic communication; inter-professional communication and patient safety.

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 and have successfully completed NURS1101, NURS1103 and HUBS1406 and successfully completed or are concurrently enrolled in HUBS1416, NURS1202 and NURS2101.

Assumed knowledge

Concurrent enrolment or previous successful completion of NURS2103. Successful completion of HUBS1406 and HUBS1416.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz *

Viva Voce: Oral Clinical Assessment *

Written Assignment: Written Assessment *

Practical Demonstration: Simulated Learning Assessments *

Professional Task: Clinical Performance (Simulation Learning, Core Skills and ANSAT) *

* 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. - Students must complete the satisfactory number of clinical placement hours and provide evidence of attendance. If any clinical placement hours are missed students must submit an adverse circumstances form and if approved by the course coordinator make-up placement time will be allocated. Placement Requirements * Bachelor of Nursing - Clinical Placement Booklet see Blackboard>Clinical Information Site> Student Resources>Clinical Information Handbooks>Student Clinical Information * Clinical placements will be held as per the Clinical Placement Timetable located in Blackboard under the Clinical Information Site. More information about placements will be provided during lectures. * This is a placement course covered by the Student Placement Policy. Refer to for further information
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 100 percent attendance and satisfactory performance is required in Clinical Laboratories. Attendance is essential preparation for clinical practice and provides relevant clinical skills and knowledge. Students may be given the opportunity for a makeup laboratory if an adverse circumstances form is submitted and approved by the course coordinator. Failure to attend 100 percent of clinical labs will result in either cancellation or delay in clinical placement. Students must complete the required clinical laboratory preparation as outlined in the Clinical Laboratory workbooks

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Practical Demonstration: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Viva Voce: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • 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 in Simulation Learning 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 simulation learning sessions and clinical placements. Students must sign attendance sheets for every Simulation Learning session as evidence of attendance.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - Failure to complete Mandatory NSW Health Verification that results in cancellation of placement by NSW Health will result in a `criterion fail' and a grade of ZERO for the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures can be delivered either face to face or online