Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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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 Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Thompson


This unit extends students' clinical assessment, diagnostic and pharmacologic knowledge and skills to enable them to plan and implement evidence-informed interventions. It includes prescribing of medications and referral to other health professionals. Use of technology in students' specific area of practice is emphasised. The unit promotes a holistic model of care that includes recognition of and respect for cultural identity and lifestyle choices. It also provides an examination of contemporary issues that impact on Nurse Practitioner practice and inform the scope of the NP role in specific practice areas.


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

  1. Demonstrate extended skills in diagnostic reasoning
  2. Synthesise and interpret findings from clinical assessment and diagnostic tests to plan and implement appropriate, evidence-based preventive and/or therapeutic interventions
  3. 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
  4. Critically analyse the concept of cultural safety in relation to Nurse Practitioner practice
  5. Critically analyse the scope of Nurse Practitioner practice in a specific practice area
  6. Demonstrate understanding of the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities of advanced nursing practice
  7. Critically analyse clinical issues that support or complicate Nurse Practitioner practice
  8. Critically analyse the impact of social and cultural factors on the health of individuals and communities, and the implications for Nurse Practitioner practice.


Students must be employed for at least 2 days per week in an appropriate clinical environment cognisant with course objectives and have support to undertake extended clinical practice.


Clinical portfolio (including Semester 4 Summative Assessment) (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)
Online discussion (20%)
Evidence based case study (3,000 words) (30%)
Written assignment (3,000 words) (30%)
Clinical decision making case study - oral presentation (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Residential school 2 - 3 days during the semester, 25 hours per week online activities and self-directed learning.

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



Must be enrolled in course 4513.