NUR3009 - Transition to professional practice - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Joanne Porter

Not offered in 2017


This unit addresses issues associated with transition to rural nursing practice and prepares students for the expanded generalist role that characterises rural nursing practice. Concerned with preparing students for a satisfying and sustainable rural nursing career, the unit requires students to explore opportunities for continuing education, professional affiliation and engagement and career advancement.


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

Educational Objectives:

  1. develop a career path plan;
  2. evaluate the contribution of leadership, management, teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration in facilitating case management and optimal health outcomes;
  3. evaluate a range of strategies to effectively manage challenging and critical incidents commonly associated with the Division 1RN role;
  4. critically analyse the importance of professional affiliation and life-long learning in advancing health outcomes;
  5. apply the principles of adult learning to identify your specific learning needs;
  6. reflect critically on your own actions, professional role development and on the nature of nursing practice;

    Clinical Objectives:

  7. apply problem solving and time management strategies to effectively organize clinical workloads;
  8. manage clinical problems appropriately;
  9. practise with increasing independence demonstrating AN&MC competencies;
  10. demonstrate safe evidence-based practice in the clinical setting.


  • Assignment (3,000 words) (50%)
  • Clinical learning contract (20%)
  • Clinical report (reflective) (30%)

Workload requirements

3 hour lecture per week, 2 hour tutorial per week, 2 hours on-line activities per week for 4 weeks. A total of 124 hours of Student directed learning.

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