Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

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


Dr Louisa Lam (Clayton), Mr James Bonnamy (Peninsula)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


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. Apply the concepts of health using a person-centred approach.
  2. Acquire the knowledge and principles underpinning health assessment, including the collection and recording of data, within varied contexts of care.
  3. Develop an evidence-based approach to the performance of select care skills in simulated and clinical environments while demonstrating an ability to maintain patient safety.
  4. Identify and evaluate the health needs of individuals and populations.
  5. Identify and discuss the biomedical, psychological, cultural and social aspects of healthcare.
  6. Apply professional behaviours and communication guided by the ANMC competency standards for professional practice.


Written examination (2,000 words) (2 hours) (45%) (Hurdle)
Clinical skills examination (1,000 words) (20%) (Hurdle)
Health assessment and documentation (2,000 words) (35%)
Mandatory requirements for clinical placement (1,000 words) (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)

To pass this unit the student must pass the written examination, clinical skills examination and complete the mandatory requirements for clinical placement.

Workload requirements

1 x Two (2) hour lecture per week, 1 x Two (2) hour clinical learning environment per week, eight (8) hours per week student directed learning.

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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.