NUR5002 - Contemporary nursing practice 2 - 2017

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

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (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. Explain the pathophysiology basis for commonly encountered conditions, and their application to nursing care of clients in medical/surgical settings;
  2. Perform safe evidence based, person centred clinical practice in an acute care setting based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills;
  3. Express the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for a person with a body system health breakdown;
  4. Formulate, conduct and document comprehensive client assessments;
  5. Reflect upon, and evaluate self-performance in terms of the delivery of quality nursing care;
  6. Practise in accordance with NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and other professional standards.


Clinical placement: 240 hours.


  • Active learning engagement (14 weeks) (20%)
  • Clinical performance (240 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Exam (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Clinical laboratory sessions - compulsory 100% attendance
  • Must complete clinical placement (240 hours)

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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Chief examiner(s)

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


Nursing and midwifery