NUR1114 - Fundamental skills and knowledge for nursing and midwifery practice 2 - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robyn Fairhall


Ms Kamini Pillay (Clayton)
Dr Robyn Fairhall (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




M2006 or M3007


This unit builds upon NUR1112 and introduces students to the pathophysiological changes that can impact human health and the working of the human body across the lifespan.

Students will be expected to use their knowledge of the structure and function of the healthy body to study the pathophysiological and psychosocial changes associated with various body systems. The safe pharmacological management of patients with conditions and illnesses associated with these systems is a key focus of this unit.

The unit provides students with the opportunity to question the evidence for fundamental nursing interventions and demonstrate a systematic and holistic approach to assessment and interpretation of findings.

In a preclinical simulated environment, students will practice patient assessment related to the conditions and illnesses of designated body systems, safe parenteral injection of medications, management of fluids and electrolytes (including IV), venepuncture, IDC insertion and management, wound management, stoma care and pressure injury surveillance.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal structure and function of body systems as they affect health across the lifespan, including how the lymphoid system responds to microbes and infection;
  2. Identify the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and the nursing/midwifery practice considerations related to associated musculoskeletal conditions.
  3. Outline the normal structure and function of the endocrine system and the associated nursing/midwifery practice considerations in the management of related disease processes;
  4. Outline the normal structure and function of the digestive system, metabolism and associated nursing/midwifery practice considerations related to minor gastrointestinal conditions;
  5. Describe the normal structure and function of the urinary system and fluid balance, electrolyte balance and the nursing/midwifery practice considerations involving urinary tract conditions;
  6. Identify the components of the reproductive system and their functions;
  7. Plan and implement fundamental nursing care to meet the needs of patients with common and important illnesses including renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine conditions;
  8. Demonstrate safe, evidenced based clinical practice integrating theoretical principles and procedural skills;
  9. Demonstrate safe, evidenced based principles of medication management related to patient safety.


  • Written Exam (3 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Medication Calculation Examination (30 minutes) (5%) (Hurdle)
  • Clinical skills Assessment (Safe Administration of Medication) (30 minutes) (10%) (Hurdle)
  • Moodle lessons & Online Quizzes (10%)
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy Test (40 minutes) (15%)
  • Clinical Placement (80 hours) (20%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

  • Lectures: 4 hours per week
  • Workshops: 1 hour per week
  • Clinical Learning Environment Session: 1 hour per week
  • Tutorials: 1.5 hours per week
  • Practical Sessions: 2 hours per fortnight
  • Clinical Placement: 80 hours

See also Unit timetable information

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