NUR2226 - Nursing practice contexts 1 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 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 Veronica Lowe


Ms Veronica Lowe (Clayton)
Ms Nicole Soden (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Prerequisite NUR1114 OR (BMA1912 and NUR1102)


M2006 or M3007 or 0727 or 4514


In NUR1112 and NUR1114 students were introduced to the principles of human anatomy and physiology In this unit students will broaden their knowledge in regards to human pathophysiology and pharmacology with a particular emphasis upon cardiac, respiratory, renal, musculoskeletal and endocrine disease processes. Students will also learn appropriate evidence based nursing interventions for these disease processes.

Unit content will be delivered using case based learning that promotes the integration of professional behaviours, accountability and sound ethical and legal decision making necessary for safe practice and the delivery of person-centred care.

Students will be guided in the critique of evidence for nursing interventions required when caring for those presenting with a range of medical conditions within each body system examined, and demonstrate a person-centred approach to planning care delivery.

Whilst on clinical placement students will demonstrate, under supervision, a person-centred approach to both the planning and delivery of safe and professional nursing management of patients who may require pre and post-surgical care.


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

  1. Demonstrate professional behaviours, accountability, ethical and legal decision making and a satisfactory knowledge base for safe and coordinated practice in various health settings.
  2. Apply knowledge of pathophysiology associated with conditions of the cardiac, respiratory, respiratory, musculoskeletal, renal and endocrine system to the safe delivery of patient-centred nursing care.
  3. Discuss and apply pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutic approaches of relevant medications to a range of diseases and conditions, with consideration of the balance of efficacy and effectiveness.
  4. Use a systematic and person centred approach for patient assessment and management, integrating anatomical, physiological, and psychosocial factors.
  5. Apply legal and professional principles to the safe preparation and administration of medications, including administration, storage and handling in a range of settings.
  6. Demonstrate assessment, preparation, and post-operative care of a surgical patient.
  7. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate culturally relevant and age specific nursing interventions for patients requiring medical and/or surgical care.
  8. Demonstrate skill development in clinical reasoning by identifying patient problems, implementing interventions, evaluating outcomes and reflecting on learning.


Clinical Placement 120 hours


  • Written exam (2 hours) (30%) (hurdle)
  • Virtual simulation case study (10%)
  • Four Case Based Online Quizzes (2.5% each x 4 )
  • iSAP case (2,000 words) (20%)
  • iSAP case (1500 words) (15%)
  • Clinical placement (120 hours) (15%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lecture Space: 1.5 hour per week

Workshops: 2 hours per week

Clinical learning environment activities/ simulation: 2 hours per week

Students must attend 80% of all scheduled tutorials and clinical learning environment activities, and 100% of all scheduled clinical placement, unless a medical certificate is provided

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

Clinical Placement: 120 Hours

Guided learning activities: preparation 12 hours per week

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