Available in 2018

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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. provide pre and post-operative care

2. administer intravenous fluids and some medications

3. assess and manage acute and chronic wounds

4. provide care for a person with a stoma

5. provide care for a person with an enteral tube

6. provide care for people with diabetes

7. assess and manage acute and persistent pain (including administration of analgesia by IMI and using a PCA)

8. assess and manage the deteriorating patient with respect to fluid/electrolyte status and acute pain using the clinical reasoning cycle

9. document assessment data and care provided

10. participate in and/or deliver clinical handover

11. communicate with patients, families, and members of the interprofessional team

12. assess therapeutic communication with a person who has cognitive and/or sensory impairment and/or mental illness

13. demonstrate ethical and legal use of restraints (where required)

14. provide palliative and end-of-life care (where required)

15. provide care in accordance with ethical and legal standards and professional values

16. demonstrate use of evidence to inform practice

17. plan and deliver care to at least 2 patients per shift (while on placement) with the involvement of other health professionals

18. demonstrate a level of competence commensurate with a second year nursing student in the following core skills: * intravenous therapy (IVT) (establishment) * intravenous therapy (IVT) (management) * complex wounds - drain, suture or clip removal or wound irrigation or wound packing


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 *

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Clinical Reasoning Case Study *

Quiz: Quiz *

Professional Task: Clinical Performance (Simulation Learning, 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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document-record?RecordNumber=D09/1949P for further information
  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 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:

  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: 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. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-health-and-medicine/resources/for-students/student-placement-information

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