NUR1113 - Law, ethics and leadership in nursing and midwifery - 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)

Ms Chanika Ilangakoon


Ms Roz Williamson (Clayton)
Ms Chanika Ilangakoon (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


M2006 or M3007 or 4514


This unit focuses in developing knowledge related to evidence-based professional practice shared in nursing and midwifery. The importance of leadership in healthcare and the role of leaders for the provision of safe and effective person-centered care (nursing) or woman-centered care (midwifery) will be explored.

Issues of privacy, confidentiality and respect for others will be tested in simulated healthcare environments.

Students will also be introduced to the standards of practice for nurses, midwives and mental health that regulate the professional roles and responsibilities as they pertain to the Australian healthcare system.

Emphasis is placed on the legal and ethical requirements that underpin practice as registered nurses and midwives, including Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and the concept of 'fitness to practice'.


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

  1. Explain how leadership theories and leader attributes influence teamwork in nursing and midwifery practice.
  2. Explore the ethical theories and principles that are relevant in healthcare practice
  3. Justify the ethical approaches nurses and midwives need to consider when caring for patients and their families.
  4. Identify the legal concepts that apply to the delivery of nursing and midwifery practice.
  5. Discuss how nurses and midwives comply with the Australian laws in the healthcare setting.
  6. Explain how the NMBA (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia) standards and codes for practice underpin the expected behaviour and attitudes of nursing and midwifery practice.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Written assessment (2000 words) (30%)
  • Ethical theories and principles in health care (group work) (30%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lectures 1 hour/week

Tutorials/active learning 2 hours/week

Guided pre-learning 2-3 hours/week

Self-directed learning 6 hours/week

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