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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 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
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (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;

  1. demonstrate an understanding of legal principles relevant to the health care system;

  1. explore various legal issues relating to nursing care;

  1. gain an understanding of selected ethical issues in contemporary health care; and

  1. develop resolutions to ethical dilemmas in nursing practice which are consistent with personal and professional standards.


Assignments: 100% (50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Melanie Birks