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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)


This unit extends the concepts of health, wellness and evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice introduced in previous units. Students will use knowledge derived from social and biological sciences to inform the development of skills in health assessment. An introduction to concepts and skills fundamental to the practice of nursing will enable students to undertake nursing care that is culturally and developmentally contemporaneous. As communication is the cornerstone of effective assessment and therapeutic interventions, interpersonal skills are emphasized in this unit.


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

  1. Discuss the importance of an evidence base for contemporary nursing and midwifery practice;
  2. Apply knowledge from physical, psychological, social and environmental sciences in the provision of quality care across a range of clinical settings;
  3. Utilise therapeutic communication and interaction principles in the assessment and care of patients/clients;
  4. Undertake holistic assessment of patients/clients across the lifespan in simulated and practice environments;
  5. Employ critical and clinical decision making skills in planning, implementing and evaluating evidence-based nursing interventions to promote the health of patients/clients;
  6. Promote the independence, self-esteem and dignity of patients/clients using strategies appropriate for their sociodemographic/cultural background and developmental stage;
  7. Practice in accordance with ANMC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other relevant professional standards.


Assignment: 30%; Case study: 20%; Examination: 50%; Practical examination (e.g. OSCE): Pass/Fail; Clinical practicum: Pass/Fail.
Students must successfully complete both the theoretical and practical components in order to pass this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Catherine Chung

Contact hours

6 hours on-campus, 1 hour on-line learning per week plus 120 hours clinical practicum


Students enrolled in 2552 must have passed: ATS1369 and NUR1101, Otherwise must have passed NUR1101, NUR1201