Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Flexible)


Minimum 1 day per week of supernumerary supervised practice in Nurse Practitioner role


This unit enables integration of advanced knowledge and skills and their application in assessing, diagnosing and managing stable, unpredictable and complex patient conditions. It includes appropriate use of diagnostic tests, prescribing of medications and referral to other health professionals. Use of technology in Nurse Practitioner practice, including information technology and information management, is emphasised. The unit promotes a holistic model of care that includes recognition of and respect for cultural identity and lifestyle choices.


On completion of this unit students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate extended skills in diagnostic reasoning
  2. Analyse clinical assessment findings to make decisions about investigative options
  3. Synthesise and interpret findings from clinical assessment and diagnostic tests to plan and implement appropriate, evidence-based preventive and/or therapeutic interventions
  4. Analyse the role of technology in supporting health care in a specific area of practice
  5. Demonstrate a patient-centred approach to the planning and delivery of health care
  6. Analyse the specific health care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and incorporate their cultural beliefs and practices into all interactions and care planning
  7. Critically analyse the concept of cultural safety in relation to Nurse Practitioner practice.


Clinical portfolio - hurdle
Clinical assessment - 40%
Written examination - 40%
Written assignment - 20%

Off-campus attendance requirements

Residential school 1 week
22 hrs per week online activities and self-directed learning


NUR5703 Advanced pathophysiology and health assessment
NUR5208 Therapeutic medication management


Not available to students enrolled in other postgraduate programs