Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The capstone course provides opportunities for students to consolidate theoretical knowledge and skills and apply principles of care through case studies informed by the National Health Priority Areas. Within the simulated learning environment (SLE), skill acquisition and rehearsal take place using clinical reasoning with application to authentic simulated patient scenarios. Students will further consolidate the integration of theoretical knowledge and skills during a professional experience placement of 240 hours.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply the clinical reasoning to the assessment, planning and implementation of care for individuals and/or groups with complex and /or deteriorating care needs.

2. Demonstrate evidence-based, comprehensive assessment and planning of care that is person-centred, in accordance with relevant policies and clinical practice guidelines.

3. Demonstrate an ability to communicate and engage effectively with individuals and teams during simulated and professional learning experiences.

4. Practice principles of quality and safety, quality use of medicines and caring in all aspects of nursing care practice.

5. Perform and document a range of nursing skills in the simulation and/or clinical environment applying evidence from a range of sources.

6. Undertake critical reflective practice activities, including receiving and providing constructive feedback, that promotes the development of life-long learning and self-care strategies.


  • Critical thinking and analysis of nursing practice
  • Therapeutic and professional relationships
  • Comprehensive assessment and planning care
  • Provision of safe, appropriate and responsive nursing practice
  • Evaluation of outcomes

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.


Students must have successfully completed NURS3003, and have successfully completed or be concurrently enrolled in NURS3002, NURS3004 and NURS3005 to enrol in this course.

Students who have successfully completed NURS3201 cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Active in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Assessment items

Quiz: Medication Calculation

Portfolio: Clinical Skills Portfolio

Performance: Professional Experience

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.