Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susan Lee


Leadership is fundamental to the nature of nursing and midwifery; in the formation of safe practice, interdisciplinary relationships, education, research and health care delivery.
In this unit, nursing leadership is explored by examining the historical nature of leadership in nursing. The social construct of leadership will be investigated in the context of interpersonal organisational health care relationships and clinical practice. A major feature of the unit is an exploration of the professional values and ethics that form the basis of decision making in health care systems and nursing practice.


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

  1. Identify the contexts in which health care is provided in Australia including primary care, acute care, sub acute care and supportive care;
  2. Discuss the philosophical and ethical values that underpin nursing as a profession;
  3. Describe the attributes and roles of leaders and leaders in nursing;
  4. Conceptualise the relationship between nursing, leadership and teamwork;
  5. Analyse values as the foundation of health care ethics;
  6. Explain the principles underpinning standards and codes of practice related to the profession;
  7. Discuss the role of community, culture and religion in influencing health care practice; and,
  8. Debate the values underpinning difference pertaining to gender, cultural and disability.


Tutorial attendance and participation 10%
Student-led discussion 50%
Final Examination (2 hours) (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing or Diploma of Tertiary Studies