Available in 2017, 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, relevant legal and ethical principles are integral to this course. The course includes 4 weeks clinical placement.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018


  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. The provision of person-centred and culturally competent care to people with cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological in acute and rehabilitative settings

2. Therapeutic communication with a person who has cognitive and/or sensory impairment to ensure patient safety

3. Assessment and management of cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological chronic and acute conditions

4. Provision of care for a person who has had a stroke, cardiac or respiratory event using the clinical reasoning cycle

5. Assessment and management of the deteriorating patient with respect to myocardial infarction

6. Undertaking an ECG

7. Administration of oxygen therapy using appropriate devices

8. Administration of intravenous fluids and medications

9. Documentation of assessment data and care provided

10. Participation in and delivery of clinical handover

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

12. Using evidence to inform practice

13. Provision of care in accordance with ethical and legal standards and professional values

14. Planning and delivery of care to at least 2 patients per shift (while on placement) with the involvement of other health professionals

15. Engage in reflection of nursing care of people with cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological chronic and acute conditions to identify professional development needs

16. Students that complete this course will also be able to demonstrate competence in the following core skills at a second year level: a) oxygen administration b) intravenous medication administration via bolus and burette


Person-centered care; critical thinking in health assessment and care planning; clinical reasoning; care of 'the deteriorating patient'; cultural competence; quality use of medicines; therapeutic communication, interprofessional 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 only available students active in the B Nursing program Pre-requisite - successful completion of NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1406 HUBS1416 Pre or Co-requisite - NURS2101 and NURS2103

Students must have no unresolved unsatisfactory reports from previous clinical placements to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz

Viva Voce: Holistic Clinical Assessment - Oral Assignment *

Professional Task: Clinical Performance (Laboratory, Core Skills and Clinical attendance and performance) *

* 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 100% of clinical placement hours and provide evidence of attendance. If any hours are missed, students must submit an adverse circumstances request and if approved by the course coordinator make-up placement time will be allocated
  • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - 100 percent attendance and satisfactory performance is required in Simulated Learning Environment. Attendance is essential preparation for clinical practice and provides relevant clinical skills and knowledge. Students may be given the opportunity for a makeup Simulated Learning 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:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must provide evidence of satisfactory performance (Clinical laboratory, core skill and clinical performance) *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 this documentation is provided as per timetabled laboratory and clinical placement.
  • Viva Voce: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - Failure to complete the 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

Clinical placement hours are in line with the professional registration requirements.


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

Laboratory hours include a simulation session for 1 hour per term.


Online 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks