Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Kerry Hood



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit builds upon NUR5111 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1. It is a clinically-focussed unit that introduces students to acute medical-surgical nursing practice. Students will explore pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis, pharmacology, associated microbiology and nursing care associated with a range of conditions. The clinical practice component will provide students with opportunities to incorporate theoretical learning into care provision.


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

  1. describe the pathophysiology associated with commonly encountered conditions, and their application to nursing care of clients in medical/surgical settings;
  2. demonstrate safe evidence based, person centred clinical practice in an acute care setting based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills;
  3. describe the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a person with a body system health breakdown;
  4. conduct and document comprehensive client assessments;
  5. reflect upon, and evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care;
  6. practice in accordance with ANMAC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards.


Clinical placement: 240 hours.


Preparation and consolidation activities (20%)
Drug calculation exam (1 hour) (10%) (Hurdle)
Completion of clinical practice assessments (20%) (Hurdle)
End of semester exam (2 hours) (50%)
Laboratory attendance (Hurdle) (100% attendance, unless a medical certificate is provided)

Workload requirements

8 hours a week: online and face-to-face learning activities 6 hours, laboratories 2 hours/week over a 14 week semester. In addition, students will be required to undertake 240 hours of clinical placement.

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