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NUR3543 - Legal and ethical issues in contemporary nursing

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Melanie Birks


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the major legal parameters related to nursing practice and to provide a framework for exploring ethical issues in health care.


On completion of this unit, students will be expected to:

  1. develop an understanding of the contemporary Australian legal system;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of legal principles relevant to the health care system;
  3. explore various legal issues relating to nursing care;
  4. gain an understanding of selected ethical issues in contemporary health care; and
  5. develop resolutions to ethical dilemmas in nursing practice which are consistent with personal and professional standards.


Assignments: 100% (50%