Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Katrina Recoche (Peninsula), Heather Buttigieg (Clayton)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This introductory unit will introduce the student to the ANMC competency domain of collaborative and therapeutic practice. Content in this unit will compliment theory and skills taught in other units in semester one of the course. Students will be provided the opportunity to explore important professional aspects of being a nurse or midwife and the significance of fitness for practice. Students will:

  • describe the basic psychological process of human behaviour;
  • demonstrate effective communication with individuals and groups and other members of the healthcare team;
  • discuss how evidence is translated into clinical practice.


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

  1. Apply, at a beginning level, critical thinking and reflection in the development of self as an independent learner and a future health professional.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological processes related to development, conflict, stress and attitudes.
  3. Describe modes of therapeutic communication employed by healthcare professionals including key issues, barriers and strategies that must be considered in each focussed on person-centredness.
  4. Explain the modes of professional communication within professional relationships focussed on fitness for practice.
  5. Discuss the importance of evidence-based practice in the provision of safe, effective, holistic health care.
  6. Explore differing models for translation of evidence to practice.


Online quiz (10%)
Tutorial participation (10%)
Writing task (35%)
Examination (45%)

Workload requirements

  • Lectures one hour per week
  • Tutorial one hour per week
  • Guided self-directed learning two (2) hour per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 3562 or 3892 or 4506 or 4514.