Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Louise Sparkes (Berwick), Dr Louisa Lam (Clayton), Mr James Bonnamy (Peninsula)


This unit introduces students to the beginning knowledge and skills of the professional nurse. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) competency standards for the registered nurse are utilised as a framework to guide students in relation to person-centred care, patient safety, cultural and contextual competence and developing practice.

This unit includes the theoretical and practical foundations of clinical practice and processes in the clinical environment. In this unit you learn how to individualise care and undertake basic clinical skills that are fundamental in the care of individuals and groups. It is here you begin to explore the art and science that underpins the practice of a professional registered nurse.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts of health using a person-centred approach;
  2. Identify and discuss the biomedical, psychological, cultural and social aspects of healthcare;
  3. Discuss strategies to identify and evaluate the health needs of individuals and populations;
  4. Demonstrate accurate collection and recording of data for health histories for individuals, groups and communities;
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge and principles underpinning health assessment within varied contexts of care;
  6. Use an evidence-based approach to perform selected basic care skills in simulated and clinical environments while demonstrating an ability to maintain patient safety;
  7. Describe the role of the nurse/midwife in supporting the activities of daily living for patients and clients;
  8. Demonstrate professional behaviours and communication guided by the ANMC competency standards for professional practice.


Clinical fieldwork 2 hours per week (24 hours).


Written assignment (2,000 words) (40%)
Written examination (2 hours) (60%)
OSCE Clinical skills examination (Pass / Fail)
Fieldwork report (Pass / Fail)

To pass this unit the student must pass the examination and the OSCE and submit a completed fieldwork report.

Workload requirements


  • two (2) hours per week


  • two (2) hours per week

Guided self-directed learning:

  • one (1) hour per week

Clinical Fieldwork:

  • two (2) hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 2552 or 3562 or 3892 or 4514.