NUR5004 - Contemporary nursing practice 4 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Louisa Lam

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Please note, this unit has had the following change/s during 2017: change to unit coordinator and chief examiner.

For previous handbook information please contact the Faculty office.


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. Explain the principles of clinical management for patients with advanced cardiac and respiratory illness.
  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. Apply effective decision making frameworks to the identification and management of practice based problems and issues;
  5. develop and implement patient centred care interventions that encompass patients' cultural, ethical and developmental needs;
  6. reflect critically on personal and professional development in preparation for practice as a registered nurse;
  7. Demonstrate readiness for beginning practice in accordance with, Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, and;
  8. Develop evidence of competency through the development of a professional portfolio.


Clinical placement: 200 hours.


  • Learning contract (2000 words) (20%)
  • Clinical performance (200 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Pre-clinical laboratory sessions - compulsory 100% attendance
  • Must complete clinical placement (200 hours)
  • Conference presentation (15%)
  • Professional portfolio (3500 words) (25%)

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.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Nursing and midwifery