Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedSingapore Second semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Melanie Birks (Singapore)


This unit prepares students to enter the workforce with a practical insight into the socio-political, economic and administrative realities of health care system. Through their studies in this unit, students develop a clear understanding of the role and employer expectations of a professional registered nurse and are prepared to seek employment and develop a career plan. This unit bridges the gap between educational preparation and transition to practice by refining clinical problem solving, decision making, leadership, management and communication skills appropriate to professional nursing practice.


On completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Apply sociological insights to discuss the contemporary socio-political, economic and administrative realities of nursing work within the health care system;

  1. Discuss the role of organisational structures in the workplace and their relationship to nursing career structure and career planning;

  1. Reflect critically on personal and professional development in preparation for practice as a registered nurse;

  1. Demonstrate a variety of effective communication techniques that enhance relationships with patients, clients and other members of the health care team;

  1. Critically apply a range of problem solving and time management strategies to enhance professional nursing practice;

  1. Develop and implement patient centered care interventions specific to the social, cultural, and developmental needs of individuals and groups;

  1. Employ clinical and critical decision making skills to identify, analyse and resolve challenging professional and ethical dilemmas in the practice environment;

  1. Demonstrate evidence of competency through the development of a professional portfolio.


Essay: 40%
Professional portfolio: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Melanie Birks

Contact hours

4 hours per week