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
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Louisa Lam (Peninsula), TBA (Berwick)


This unit examines fundamental knowledge and skills in preparation for the care of individuals. Emphasis is placed on systematic health assessment and the development and evaluation of appropriate person-centred care, incorporating the legal and ethical dimensions of care. The clinical practise experience undertaken in this unit is an integral component of the development of the nurse/midwife and concentrates on the practical application of theoretical principles explored in this unit.


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of therapeutic communication within the interdisciplinary health care team to enhance the personal interaction involved in assessment;
  2. Accurately demonstrate comprehensive health and physical assessment skills in simulated and clinical practice environments;
  3. Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care using a person-centred approach cognisant of each individual's autonomy, self esteem and dignity;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate scientific knowledge with nursing practice;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of medication management related to patient safety;
  6. Demonstrate professional and personal accountability as a novice practitioner when providing nursing care;
  7. Discuss the legal and ethical principles surrounding safe care delivery to individuals and the implications for nursing/midwifery care;
  8. Identify the core principles of palliative care and the resources available for people with life limiting illness; and,
  9. critically reflect on own values about health, illness, dying and how death affects professional responses and interactions with others.


Clinical placement two (2) weeks, (80 hours)


Written assignment (2,000 words) 40%
Examination 60%, Clinical placement Pass/Fail
Clinical skills examination Pass/Fail
Students must pass the clinical placement and skills assessments to pass this unit. Attendance at all nursing skills laboratories is mandatory.

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,


NUR1010 or NUR1101


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


NUR1010 or NUR1101