The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This core course provides Master of Nurse Practitioner students with the opportunity to understand and design their scope of practice and service model including an evaluation framework.

Students will research and synthesise clinical governance processes, legal, ethical, cultural drivers of health and advanced practice nursing provision, health policy and reforms. Students apply these determinants to Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and service models that focus on the provision of safe, efficient quality services including evaluation framework within the context of their clinical specialty and contemporary healthcare which will improvement in health outcomes for people and efficient, safe and quality nursing models for communities leading the advancement of nursing practice.

This course Includes Integrated Professional Practice hours and diverse clinical practice experiences, including embedded clinical supervision facilitating advanced practice nursing.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Research and synthesise the body of evidence, core nursing theories, legal, and ethical practices underpinning Nurse Practitioner Scope and Standards of Practice.

2. Critically analyse the significance of the Nurse Practitioner Scope and Standards of Practice determinants in relation to regulatory compliance and legislative requirements of endorsement and practice within the student’s clinical context.

3. Identify and Interpret key local determinants of health that influence policy and reforms, inclusive of those that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, vulnerable populations and the diverse needs of the local community.

4. Critique relevant contemporary holistic healthcare service models (local models), design methodologies and principles of evidenced based practices.

5. Explore current Clinical Governance, Risk, Compliance, evaluation and health metrics used to measure safe, effective, quality clinical performance, business proficiency and lead practice improvement.

6. Interpret and integrate health informatics and technology processes within the student’s clinical context, accounting for regulatory and governance (safety and risk) impacts and practice improvements.

7. Design and evaluate a Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice and Service Model relevant to the student’s clinical context and responsive to the workplace environment by critical analysis of the body of evidence.


All students will cover the following topics:

Introduction Module:

This module covers the process and governance of Integrated Professional Practice requirements including development of a learning plan.

Module 1: Standards for Practice

Module 2: Health Priorities informing Models of Care

Module 3: Clinical Governance and Health Informatics

Module 4: Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice  


This course is only available to students who are active in the Master of Nurse Practitioner program [40158].

Assumed knowledge

Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Literature Search Nurse Practitioner Practice Development Part A *

Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography for Nurse Practitioner Practice Development Part B *

Essay: Nurse Practitioner Practice Scope of Practice *

Professional Task: Integrated Professional Practice *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - This is a hurdle requirement. Students are required to achieve a satisfactory clinical practice rating in the ANSAT NP in order to move forward to the final trimester of study and enrol in the capstone course NURS6622 Clinical Practice B.
  • Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Annotated Bibliography: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • AHPRA Requirement - Provisional or full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)