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
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Students are required to be employed in an advanced practice role, with support for supervised extended clinical practice


This unit is concerned with the professional efficacy and clinical leadership of Nurse Practitioners. NP practice is structured in a nursing model and enhanced by autonomy and accountability. This unit provides an examination of contemporary issues that impact on Nurse Practitioner practice and inform the scope of the NP role in specific practice areas. It also focuses on the development of communication and leadership skills specific to NP practice.


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

  1. Critically analyse the scope of Nurse Practitioner practice in a specific practice area
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of advanced nursing practice
  3. Critically analyse national, local and clinical issues that support or complicate Nurse Practitioner practice
  4. Critically analyse and implement communication strategies that promote positive multidisciplinary clinical partnerships
  5. Critically analyse the impact of social and cultural factors on the health of individuals and communities, and the implications for Nurse Practitioner practice
  6. Critically reflect on the Nurse Practitioner role and the application of extended practice competencies within a nursing model of practice


Clinical portfolio - hurdle
Written assignment - 50%
Presentation - 30%
Reflective essay - 20%

Off-campus attendance requirements

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


NUR5411 Advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic reasoning


Not available to students enrolled in other postgraduate programs