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

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 Rebecca Vanderheide



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Day)


This unit provides final preparation of the student for practice as a registered nurse. Adult learning principles are applied to encourage the student to identify specific learning needs and pursue opportunities to achieve tailored educational objectives. The approach to clinical learning featured in this unit enables students to explore an area of specific interest in nursing. A five week clinical consolidation placement is also included in this unit that will assist students in preparation for professional practice. The increasing importance of professional portfolios for the purpose of maintaining and demonstrating competency will be emphasized in this unit. A focus on principles of clinical leadership, therapeutic and professional communication, multidisciplinary team work, and clinical decision making will enable consolidation and application of prior learning in this course facilitating the transition from student to professional nurse.


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

  1. develop the ability to perform advanced skills in the areas of cardiac and respiratory patient management;
  2. reflect on and identify specific learning needs in preparation for registration as a professional nurse;
  3. utilise adult learning theories, concepts and principles to identify specific learning needs and strategies by which these can be met;
  4. demonstrate critical application of skills in communication, organisation and clinical leadership;
  5. employ clinical and critical decision making skills to identify, analyse and resolve problems in the practice environment;
  6. develop and implement patient centered care interventions that encompass patients' cultural, ethical and developmental needs;
  7. reflect critically on their personal and professional development in preparation for practice as a registered nurse;
  8. practice with increasing independence in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) National Competencies for the Registered Nurse, Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses; and
  9. demonstrate evidence of competency through the development of a professional portfolio.


Clinical placement: 200 hours.


Learning contract (20%)
Clinical portfolio (30%)
Conference presentation and supporting documentation (2,500 words) (30%)
Reflective essay (1,500 words) (20%)
Clinical placement assessment (Pass / Fail)

Students must achieve a pass in the clinical placement to pass the unit (100%) Attendance at clinical placement is mandatory.

Workload requirements

8 hours a week: 4 hours lectures, 4 hours tutorials over 8 weeks. In addition, students will be required to undertake 200 hours of clinical placement.

Please note: Students who undertake this unit in the summer semester will be on campus for 5.5 weeks intensive mode.

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Chief examiner(s)

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