Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Louisa Lam


This unit introduces students to the beginning knowledge and skills of the professional nurse. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) competency standards for the registered nurse are utilised as a framework to guide students in relation to person-centred care, patient safety, cultural and contextual competence and developing practice.
This unit includes the theoretical and practical foundations of clinical practice and processes in the clinical environment. In this unit you learn how to individualise care and undertake basic clinical skills that are fundamental in the care of individuals and groups. It is here you begin to explore the art and science that underpins the practice of a professional registered nurse.


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

  1. Describe the concepts of health using a person-centred approach;
  2. Identify and discuss the biomedical, psychological, cultural and social aspects of healthcare;
  3. Discuss strategies to identify and evaluate the health needs of individuals and populations;
  4. Demonstrate accurate collection and recording of data for health histories for individuals, groups and communities;
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge and principles underpinning health assessment within varied contexts of care;
  6. Use an evidence-based approach to perform selected basic care skills in simulated and clinical environments while demonstrating an ability to maintain patient safety;
  7. Describe the role of the nurse/midwife in supporting the activities of daily living for patients and clients;
  8. Demonstrate professional behaviours and communication guided by the ANMC competency standards for professional practice;
  9. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the context of the clinical environment; and,
  10. Demonstrate beginning competence in basic skills in a clinical environment.


Clinical placement one (1) week (40 hours)


Written assignment (2,500 words) 40%
Written examination 60%
Satisfactory clinical placement report.
To pass this unit the student must pass the examination and the clinical placement.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Louisa Lam

Contact hours

Lectures two (2) hours per week, Laboratory two (2) hours per week, Guided self-directed learning one (1) hour per week,


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic), Bachelor of Midwifery, or Diploma of FoundationTertiary Studies