Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)


Using a lifespan approach this unit builds on semester one learning in NUR2106 and further explores the integration and application of pharmacological principles and associated drug groups underpinned by human pathophysiology related to the body system under review.
There will be an emphasis on the general paediatric population and commonly presenting conditions that relate specifically to this group. Other systems that will be studied include musculoskeletal, gastroenterological, haematological and vascular conditions. Clinical simulation exercises will be utilised in laboratory sessions to develop and enhance the acquisition of clinical skills.
The clinical practicum component provides opportunities to develop competency to a second year level in a range of skills learnt in the simulated laboratory environment.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiological changes associated with gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, vascular and hematological dysfunction and their application to the nursing care of patients in medical/surgical contexts;
  2. recognise paediatric health issues relating to the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, incorporating specific health assessment techniques;
  3. describe underpinning principles of pharmacology, therapeutic drug administration and monitoring as they relate to the patient;
  4. discuss possible implications associated with drug administration, including calculations for administering drugs to paediatric patients;
  5. describe the legal and professional nursing requirements associated with safe use of medications including administration, storage and handling;
  6. analyse problems associated with drug administration, including drug interactions and the use of drugs across the life-span;
  7. plan culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for acutely ill patients across the lifespan;
  8. critically discuss ethical issues relevant to the nursing care of patients requiring medical/surgical care;
  9. demonstrate safe, evidenced based clinical practice in an acute care setting based on integration of theoretical principles and practical skills;
  10. provide person-centred care according to relevant nursing care principles for patients, under the supervision of registered nursing staff and the clinical teacher;
  11. conduct and document comprehensive assessments of patient needs utilising an appropriate assessment tool, and
  12. reflect and evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care.


Clinical Placement two (2) weeks (80 hours)


Case study 30%
Examination 60%
Quizzes 10%
Clinical placement Pass/Fail
Clinical skills examination Pass/Fail
Medication Mastery Hurdle 100%

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Contact hours

Lectures six (6) hours per week, Tutorials two (2) hours per fortnight, Clinical laboratories two (2) hours per week, Guided learning activities one (1) hour per week,. Students must attend 100% of all scheduled laboratories, unless a medical certificate is provided . Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 80 hours in total)



Only available to students enrolled in: 0727 Bachelor of Nursing or 3436 Bachelor of Nursing (Psychological Studies) or 3562 Bachelor of Midwifery or 3892 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 4506 Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health) or 4514 Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery