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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Mr Md. Nadim Rahman


The student will develop proficiency in health through the development of skills related to: assessment interviewing; physical appraisal; assessment data analysis; incorporating changes in health assessment related to the age of the client and cultural and ethnic variations; comprehensive, periodic and focused health assessments. This unit will enable the student to develop competency in neurology, GIT, paediatric, haematology, immunology and musculoskeletal system knowledge and physical assessment. All students are required to have clinical support for the duration of course.


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological process behind clinical conditions in gastrointestinal, neurological, paediatric, haematology, immunology and musculoskeletal body systems and explain the rationale for the physical assessment findings;
  2. Perform and document a systematic physical health assessment utilising health assessment tools and techniques;
  3. Identify appropriate age specific, socio-culturally relevant, nursing interventions for emergency patients;
  4. Formulate clinical impressions based on an accurate analysis of health assessment data;
  5. Accurately record an in-depth patient health history and assessment findings appropriate to the student's discipline;
  6. Competently evaluate clinical problems and perform comprehensive health assessments in a selected area of health care;
  7. Demonstrate a holistic approach to nursing assessment in relation to the specific clinical presentations and history.


Students must be working a minimum of 3 days/week in a clinical environment.


Multiple choice, EMQ and short answer examination (2 hours) (60%)
Health Assessment Clinical Examination; Complex Health Assessment (Pass / Fail)
Case study (40%)

Students must achieve a pass grade on both the multiple choice/short answer examination and the Health Assessment Clinical Examination to achieve a pass in the unit.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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