MID3222 - Safety in midwifery and nursing contexts - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - 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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gayle McLelland


Dr Gayle McLelland

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


NUR1113; MID2010


Course code M3007


This clinical unit focuses on the essential requirements of the registered nurse or registered midwife to demonstrate an understanding of safety in health care contexts.

Acknowledging that healthcare can cause harm, this unit introduces the complexity of contemporary healthcare for practitioners with dual nursing and midwifery registration. Building upon foundational knowledge regarding scope of practice, this unit aims to prepare students to practice safely.

Students will also examine the particular needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they are amongst the most at risk populations in the Australian healthcare system.

This unit is divided into three modules focusing on concepts of safety and clinical risk, quality improvement and professional standards in nursing and midwifery practice.

The ongoing use of the clinical reasoning cycle will build the students' critical thinking, demonstrating understanding of what it is to think like a nurse or midwife and develop skills in healthcare safety.


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

  1. Describe the complexities of healthcare safety and evaluate the principles of clinical risk and governance;
  2. Explain the contribution of 'human factors' to the provision of healthcare and the importance of inter-professional collaboration to minimise risk in the provision of healthcare;
  3. Apply the principles of quality improvement including the methods and tools used to measure patient/woman safety in varying clinical contexts;
  4. Evaluate the scope of practice of a nurse and midwife in relation to the Nursing Practice and Midwifery Practice decision making frameworks;
  5. Critically analyse the complexity of the healthcare and safety risks of maternal health for women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;;
  6. Demonstrate developing midwifery competence based upon the Nursing and Midwifery (NMBA) 'Midwife standards for practice';


Clinical placement 120 hours in a domestic midwifery / maternity setting


  • Critical analysis (2,000 words) (30%)
  • Group case study presentation (40%) (Hurdle)
  • Interprofessional workshop (Pass / fail) (hurdle)
  • Graded clinical placement report 120 hours (30%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

This is a flexible unit with compulsory on-campus tutorial sessions.

6 x 1 hour lectures (Podcast): 6 hours

On-campus workshops 2 hours x 6 weeks = 12 hours (80% at scheduled tutorials is compulsory).

Online guided learning activities: 20 hours

Self-directed learning: 12 hours

Clinical placement 120 hours

Continuity of care experiences - 20 hours

See also Unit timetable information

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