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 Julia Morphet (Peninsula), Ms Noelleen Kiprillis (Berwick), Mr John Thompson (Clayton)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This clinical practice unit provides an introduction to the management of clients with complex and or life threatening health problems across the lifespan with a particular focus on the acute care needs of the ageing individual. A case based approach will be utilized to facilitate the integration of advance health assessment skills, evidenced based practice and application of ethical principles in the management of complex nursing situations.


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

  1. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of complex health problems experienced by clients throughout the lifespan;
  2. describe the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a person with a complex body system health breakdown;
  3. employ clinical and critical decision making skills to identify, analyse and resolve problems in the practice environment;
  4. demonstrate the ability to apply time management and problem solving skills in the safe delivery of patient care;
  5. evaluate the clinical application of evidence based research and the ethical principles in the safe management of complex health care issues;
  6. develop and implement patient centred care interventions that encompass patient's complex health, cultural, ethical and developmental needs;
  7. reflect critically on the role of the multidisciplinary team in provision of safe patient care;
  8. practice with increasing independence in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Competencies for Registered nurse, code of ethics and code of professional conduct for nurses.


Clinical placement: Two (2) weeks (80 hours).


Case study / written assignment (2,500 words) (40%)
Examination (2 hours) (60%) (Hurdle)

Students must pass the clinical placement to pass this unit.
Students must achieve a pass in the final examination to achieve a pass in this unit.
Students must attend 90% of all scheduled laboratories, unless a medical certificate is provided - refer to school's clinical policy for details.

Workload requirements

  • Two (2) hours of lectures per week
  • Two (2) hours laboratory practice per week
  • Guided work one (1) hour per week
  • Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 80 hours in total).

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


NUR2002 or NUR2106, NUR2004 or NUR2206, NUR2104 or NUR2207.


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 3892 or 4514.