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NUR3107 - Nursing practice 7: Community nursing

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Maureen Miles (Gippsland) & Dr Susan Lee (Peninsula)


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Mildura Second semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


Health and illness needs of clients and groups in the community. Support services available in the community. The psychosocial impact on, and the life situation of, the individual facing continual physical and/or intellectual challenges. Home base management of a range of conditions, care coordination issues, and models of health promotion and health education.


On completion of this unit the student is expected to:

  1. describe the theoretical frameworks that purport to describe community health nursing;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of lifestyle challenges faced by individuals and groups in the community with regard to their illness, disabilities and normal lifespan issues;
  3. describe the services and support that are necessary to promote home based management of selected clients and groups with health/needs problems;
  4. identify cross-culture issues and the adaptations required in community practice to respect cultural health beliefs and practices;
  5. expand knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal questions in health care provision specific to nursing in the community; and
  6. determine the health needs of a specific population group using an action learning group approach.
Clinical Objectives for the unit are to:
  1. demonstrate the ability to provide effective health education and/or health promotion about a specific body of knowledge or procedure which is relevant to the clients, family or groups situation;
  2. develop an awareness of the need for, and management of, interdisciplinary interventions and continuity of care for clients and client groups;
  3. demonstrate an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with professionals and lay support workers in the community health care;
  4. provide competent general nursing care in home or community based nursing care to directly assist a client and family;
  5. satisfactorily perform selected technical nursing procedures in home based nursing which requires complex nursing knowledge of the expected therapeutic effects, side-effects, complications and appropriate actions; and
  6. design clinical learning objective/s, in consultation with a clinical supervisor that meets their learning needs and is appropriate to the community setting.


Health Promotion Project 50% (Comprising of: a Group presentation 20% (20 minutes), Group Report 10% (1000 words), and an Individual Reflective Assignment 20% (1000 words))
Examination: 50% (Comprising of: one take home exam, 3 case studies 30% and two Online Quizzes (10% each) 20%
Assessment of clinical placements: Pass/Fail
Students must attend 90% of all scheduled laboratories - refer to school clinical guidelines for details.

Contact hours

5 hours per week (lectures, tutorials, labs) plus 75 hours clinical


Available only to students enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice or Honours degree of Bachelor of Nursing