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


Mrs Susan Irvine



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


This unit is the first of four practice units in the graduate entry Master of Nursing Practice. The unit provides students with foundation knowledge and skills for nursing practice with an emphasis on physical health assessment. Knowledge and nursing practice skills are introduced around case scenarios. Each case will use an individualised client centred approach. Content to be covered within each scenario will include physiology, introductory pharmacology, application of the legal and ethical dimensions of care and nursing skills development. Clinical practice experience is an integral component of this unit and concentrates on the attainment of fundamental client care.


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

  1. Apply anatomical and physiological principles to the outcomes of the patient assessment and care planning process.
  2. Integrate scientific theory and clinical problem solving, communication and decision making skills to systematically assess a patient in the acute care clinical setting.
  3. Plan and evaluate patient assessment data using clinical problem solving and decision making processes to justify care interventions across the lifespan of patients in acute care settings.
  4. Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care using a person-centred approach cognisant of each individual's autonomy, self-esteem and dignity.
  5. Apply the principles of pharmacology to therapeutic drug administration and monitoring to ensure the safe care of patients in a clinical setting.
  6. Describe the legal and professional nursing requirements associated with quality use of medications including safe oral drug administration, storage and handling.
  7. Perform basic nursing care skills to maintain and ensure patient safety using an evidence-based and professional approach in the clinical environment.
  8. Identify the core principles of palliative care and the resources available for people with life limiting illness.
  9. Practice in accordance with NMBA Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards at a beginning level.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


5x Online quizzes (20 minutes each)(10%)
Drug Calculations examination (MCQ/SAQ)(1 hour)(10%)(Hurdle)
Written assignment - Clinical case study (3,000 - 4,000 words)(30%)
End of semester examination (MCQ/EMQ/Case scenarios) (2 hours)(50%)(Hurdle)

Clinical practice assessment (Pass / Fail)
Students must achieve a pass in the clinical placement to pass the unit (100%)
Attendance at clinical placement is mandatory)
Laboratory attendance (Hurdle) (100% attendance, unless a medical certificate is provided)

Workload requirements

Blended learning activities, including online and classroom sessions 6 hours/week; laboratories 2 hours/week; self-directed activities 4 hours/week.

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