NUR3004 - Preparing for practice - 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)

Nicole Kovach


Nicole Kovach (Clayton)
Melanie Bishop (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


(NUR2002 or NUR2106 or NUR2226) and (NUR2004 or NUR2206 or NUR2228) and (NUR2104 or NUR2107)and (NUR3002 or NUR3022)


Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.


This clinical unit focuses on the preparation of the student for the transition to practice as a professional nurse. The emphasis of the unit will be grounded in the philosophy of adult learning encouraging the student to be self-directed in the identification of their learning needs. In preparing for practice the unit will examine the management of self and others, organizational structures within healthcare practice, evaluation of leadership, teamwork, risk management and multidisciplinary decision making.


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

  1. apply the principles of adult learning to identify their specific learning needs;
  2. evaluate the contribution of leadership, management, teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality nursing care;
  3. analyse a range of problem solving and time management strategies that enhance the organization of clinical workload;
  4. incorporate, and evaluate culturally and ethically relevant and age specific nursing interventions for clients across the lifespan;
  5. reflect critically, on their own actions, professional role development and on the nature of nursing practice in relation to the management of clients' health situations;
  6. demonstrate the ability to apply time management and problem solving skills in the delivery of client care; and
  7. practice with increasing independence at a beginning registered nurse level in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) competencies.


Clinical placement: Four (4) weeks (160 hours).


  • Learning project (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Written assignment (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Clinical Placement: A - Performance Assessment: B - Placement Hours (40%) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Two (2) hours of lecture per week, Two (2) hours of tutorial fortnightly, Two (2) - four (4) hours private study per week, Four (4) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 160 hours in total).

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