NUR5022 - Contemporary nursing in context 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 Dawn Whittall

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit has a strong focus on the theory and practice underpinning working with organizations, individuals, families, groups and communities. Through discussion lectures, tutorials and interactive online sessions, students will be able to examine the skills in communication for the purpose of enhancing therapeutic relationships across the lifespan and ultimately ensuring quality health care are developed through studies in this unit. The concepts of caring and helping in nursing within a therapeutic relationship, are explored. Students engage in in-depth analysis of the various human growth and development theories. These theoretical concepts provide a foundation for students to explore aspects of the social model of health, with a particular emphasis on the provision of health care to vulnerable populations and nursing in a culturally diverse community. Within this context the concepts of cultural competence and cultural safety are explored. The development of therapeutic engagement with vulnerable groups using these concepts will be central to the learning milieu of this unit.


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

  1. Analyse the meaning of health and the broad principles of public health
  2. Discriminate between the concepts of helping and caring in nursing practice.
  3. Recognise the elements of therapeutic communication with particular reference to working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups
  4. Critically analyse the impact of cultural diversity on health and illness behaviour
  5. Incorporate the issues of cultural safety and cultural competence within nursing practice.
  6. Determine barriers associated with access to , and equity in health care particularly as they relate to indigenous Australians and people in different vulnerable groups
  7. Identify population health outcome indicators particularly as they relate to indigenous Australian and people in different vulnerable groups
  8. Engage in self-reflection as a beginning step towards person-centred nursing.


  • Indigenous health assignment (5000 words) (50%) (hurdle)
  • Written assignment (1500-2000 words) (30%)
  • Active learning engagement (20%)

Workload requirements

Blended learning activities, including online and classroom sessions 6 hours/week:

Workshops: 4 X 3 hours and 2 X 1 hour,

Guided self-directed learning: 4 hours/week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Nursing and midwifery