The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides the clinical foundations to the nursing management of patients across the age continuum. The demonstration of critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills related to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care and effective communication and teamwork are integral to this course. The course includes a clinical placement of 5 weeks duration

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

2. Apply knowledge and skills of effective communication, teamwork and timely patient assessment and escalation for optimal patient outcomes in a simulated environment

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

4. Apply knowledge and skills in the primary and secondary assessment and management of critically ill patient with a trauma injury in a simulated setting.

5. Apply knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of critically ill patient’s airway and breathing, including tracheostomy care in a simulated environment.

6. Demonstrate knowledge and application of safe and professional nursing care when managing central line care, blood transfusions and underwater seal drains in a simulated clinical environment

7. Demonstrate knowledge and application of safe and professional nursing care when managing urinary catheterisation (female) in a simulated environment

8. Demonstrate knowledge and application of safe and legal administration of intravenous fluids and medications: including IVI analgesia and epidural management in a simulated environment

9. Plan and provide evidence based, person centred, culturally competent, safe, ethical and legal professional nursing care to patients in a clinical setting with the involvement of other health professionals

10. Critically reflect on clinical placement experience and performance and identify strategies to improve future professional practice

11. Demonstrate appropriate nursing practice in accordance with the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016) including the ability to communicate in English with patients and staff in the clinical environment


Comprehensive patient assessment and patient care across a range of patient presentations using the DETECT framework within a simulated environment (SLE). Prioritisation and clinical decision-making relating to patients who have complex health issues, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, therapeutic communication, inter-professional 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: Quizzes *

Written Assignment: Written Assessment *

Professional Task: Clinical Placement 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 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 - see Blackboard>clinical information Site>student resources> * Clinical placements will be held as per the Clinical Placement Pattern located in Blackboard under the Clinical Information Site. * This is a placement course covered by the UON Student Placement Policy.
  • 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 cancellation of clinical placement Students are advised to complete the clinical laboratory preparation as outlined in the Clinical Laboratory workbooks. This preparation supports the SLE and provides the student with the information needed to function in the SLE

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: 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. 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 5 Weeks

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


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


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

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term