Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Tamsin Jones


This clinical practice unit provides an introduction to the management of clients with complex and or life threatening health problems across the lifespan with a particular focus on the acute care needs of the ageing individual. A case based approach will be utilized to facilitate the integration of advance health assessment skills, evidenced based practice and application of ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations.


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

  1. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of complex health problems experienced by clients throughout the lifespan;
  2. understand the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a person with a complex body system health breakdown;
  3. evaluate the clinical application of evidence based research and the ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations;
  4. identify and apply appropriate evidence based nursing interventions when caring for clients with complex wound injuries, and pain management;
  5. incorporate culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for acutely ill clients across the lifespan;
  6. reflect critically on their own actions and on the nature of nursing practice in relation to the management of complex health situations;
  7. demonstrate a basic level of competence in caring for clients with a complex health profile drawing upon evidenced based practices, current theoretical and pharmacological knowledge;
  8. apply pathophysiological principles to the care of clients with serious and life threatening illness, and
  9. demonstrate the use of appropriate communication skills as a member of the healthcare team.


Clinical Placement two (2) weeks (80 hours)


Case Study / Written Assignment (2500 - 3000 words) - 40%
Examination (2 hours) - 60%
Students must pass the clinical placement to pass this unit
Students must achieve a pass in the final examination to achieve a pass in this unit.
Students must attend 100% of all scheduled laboratories, unless a medical certificate is provided - refer to school's clinical policy for details.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two (2) hours of lectures per week. Two (2) hours laboratory practise per week. Guided work one (1) hour per week
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 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