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NUR4501 - Acute care clinical skills

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Virginia Plummer


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


The development of clinical practice in nursing care commonly delivered in acute care settings at a generalist nurse level. The unit will enable students to safely practise clinical skills, from pre-admission to post-discharge of patients in a simulated laboratory environment and in a supervised health-care environment. Students develop confidence and proficiency with clinical nursing skills through a clinical placement at an appropriate hospital/daycare venue.


On completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. identify appropriate nursing interventions based on nursing principles informed from literature reviews of valid scientific research (including mental health);
  2. demonstrate competent utilisation of technology and therapeutics employed in patient care delivery;
  3. plan, implement and evaluate nursing actions and outcomes for selected patients from pre-admission to post-discharge;
  4. maintain a physical and psychosocial environment which promotes safety, security and optimal health in a simulated practice environment; and
  5. demonstrate documentation skills which effectively communicate with other members of the health-care team.


Classroom presentation: 25%
Assignment: 25%
Practical examination (OSCE): 50%

Contact hours

Mandatory clinical practicum - 4 weeks acute care and 2 weeks mental health