NUR5113 - Nursing in the Australian context - 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



Not offered in 2017


This unit is offered concurrently with NUR5112 Nursing Practice in the Australian Health Care Context for registered nurses with International nursing qualifications. This unit is learner cantered engaging the student in critical reflection, appraisal and application of evidence for practice. The Australian legal system and its applications to the health care environment will be examined in detail. Students will be required to explore the complex legal relationships that nurses have with patients, families and other health care professionals. In addition, professional and ethical codes will be introduced, explored and posited as a basis for professional nursing practice.


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

  1. Compare the multi-faceted health care system in Australia and how nurses practice in these settings in line with global trends
  2. Critically appraise the role and scope of practice of the nurse in a range of Australian health care settings, making comparisons with other western countries in similar settings
  3. Critically appraise the application of evidence based quality improvement processes to an area of nursing practice for the purpose of enhancing patient safety
  4. Apply ethical decision making principles to clinical cases involving ethical dilemmas in practice and appraise a range of strategies to be considered in the resolution of the situation
  5. Apply pertinent legal concepts and mechanisms that underpin the scope of practice for nurses to a range of case studies drawn from real clinical situations
  6. Describe the relationship between the conduct of clinical research and changes to nursing knowledge and its application to practice through a structured critique of research findings using an approved journal article
  7. Practice in accordance with ANMAC Competencies for the Registered Nurse and other professional standards.


  • Summative online quiz (30 minutes) (10%)
  • Essay (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Exam (3 hours) (60%)
  • One week on-campus seminar (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

On-campus (5 day seminar): 35 hours, Online learning modules (40 hours per five modules): 200 hours, Self-directed learning: 77 hours.

Total: 312 hours.

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Chief examiner(s)


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


Nursing and midwifery