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


Dr Kay McCauley (Peninsula), Ms Cath Wilson (Clayton)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Leadership is fundamental to the nature of nursing and midwifery; in the formation of safe practice, interdisciplinary relationships, education, research and health care delivery. In this unit, nursing leadership is explored by examining the historical nature of leadership in nursing/midwifery. The social construct of leadership will be investigated in the context of interpersonal organisational health care relationships and clinical practice. A major feature of the unit is an exploration of the professional values and ethics that form the basis of decision making in health care systems and nursing/midwifery practice.


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

  1. Identify the contexts in which health care is provided in Australia including primary care, acute care, sub acute care, maternity care and supportive care;
  2. Discuss the philosophical and ethical values that underpin nursing/midwifery as a profession, and health care;
  3. Describe the attributes and roles of leaders and leaders in nursing/midwifery;
  4. Conceptualise the relationship between nursing/midwifery, leadership and teamwork;
  5. Explain the principles underpinning standards and codes of practice related to the nursing and midwifery profession and the health professional - client relationship;
  6. Explore the application of ethical theories to issues in everyday life and health care;
  7. Discuss the role of community, culture and religion in influencing health care practice; and
  8. Debate the values underpinning difference pertaining to gender, cultural and disability.


Tutorial attendance and participation (10%)
Student-led discussion (50%)
Final examination (2 hours) (40%)

Workload requirements


  • two (2) hours per week


  • two (2) hours per fortnight

Guided self-directed learning:

  • one (1) hour per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing or Diploma of Tertiary Studies.