Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course provides the clinical foundations to the care of adults and children across a range of contexts.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning outcomes

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

1. Professional Practice * practice in accordance with legal, professional and ethical nursing frameworks * practice in a way that acknowledges the dignity, values, beliefs and rights of individuals/groups * practice in a culturally safe manner through the sensitive and supportive identification of cultural issues

2. Critical thinking and analysis * practice within an evidence based framework * undertake self-evaluation of nursing practice * critically reflect on their own nursing practice and identify professional development needs * seek additional knowledge and /or information when presented with unfamiliar situations.

3. Provision and coordination of care * use the clinical reasoning cycle as a structured approach to client care * use an evidence-based assessment framework to collect data about the physical, socio-cultural and mental health of individuals * provide comprehensive, safe, effective and evidence based nursing care to achieve identified health outcomes and goals * respond to client deterioration rapidly and appropriately

4. Collaborative and therapeutic practice * establish therapeutic relationships while maintaining professional boundaries * apply a quality use of medicines framework to ensure the safe administration of medications * establish positive and collaborative working relationships with colleagues * communicate in a written form that is comprehensive, logical, clear and concise, with accurate spelling and only acceptable abbreviations used * use verbal and electronic communication skills effectively


Comprehensive patient assessment using the DETECT framework, emergency, trauma, critical care and disaster management, airway, breathing and circulation management, blood transfusions, paediatric resuscitation, aseptic technique, time management, prioritisation, delegation, interprofessional communication and teamwork.

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 active in the Bachelor of Nursing program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of all 2nd year requirements Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - successful completion of or concurrent enrolment in NURS3101

Assessment items

Quiz: Clinical laboratory preparation quiz *

Practical Demonstration: Clinical Lab Assessments *

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Clinical Case Study and Plan of Care *

Professional Task: Clinical Placement 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 satisfactory number 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. 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 Pattern located in Blackboard under the Clinical Information Site. Students can nominate a preferred location for their placement. 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?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:

  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: 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.

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

160 hours of clinical placement (40 hours per week for 4 weeks).


Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Term


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

Each placement group to have 2 hour post placement lectorial

Self-Directed Learning

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