NUR5002 - Contemporary nursing practice 2 - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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 Jackie Williams (Semester 1)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


NUR5011, NUR5111.


Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 3966, M6016


This unit is the second of four practice units in the graduate entry Master of Nursing Practice. The unit builds upon NUR5111 Contemporary Nursing Practice 1. It is a clinically-focused unit that introduces students to acute medical-surgical nursing practice. Students will explore pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, pharmacology, associated microbiology and nursing care associated with a range of conditions. The clinical practice component will provide students with opportunities to incorporate theoretical learning into nursing care provision.


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

  1. Apply knowledge and concepts of the pathophysiological basis for commonly encountered conditions, and their application to nursing care of clients in medical/surgical settings
  2. Perform safe evidence based, person centred clinical practice in an acute care setting based on the integration of theoretical principles and practical skills
  3. Describe the nursing application of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative techniques associated with caring for the deteriorating patient in the clinical setting
  4. Formulate, conduct and document comprehensive clinical assessments
  5. Critically reflect upon, and evaluate self-performance in terms of the values, attitudes and communication required by nurses when caring for patients and families/carers with diverse health care needs
  6. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of complex health problems experienced by patients throughout the lifespan in the clinical setting
  7. Apply knowledge of commonly used pharmacological interventions in the context of drug actions, indications, contraindications, dosage, interactions and reactions in the patient with acute illness
  8. Develop and implement patient centred nursing care appropriate to the needs and wishes of the patient and their family/carer, regardless of race, age, gender, culture, sexual orientation, disability or other diverse needs
  9. Demonstrate the delivery of complex nursing care and apply appropriate principles of prioritising and time management according to the clinical setting
  10. Practice with increasing independence in accordance with the Australian and Midwifery Council National competency standards for the registered nurse, Codes of ethics and Code of professional conduct for nurses.


Clinical placement: 240 hours.


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 3 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Active learning tasks (10%)
  • Written assessment (2,500 words) (20%)
  • Summative clinical assessment and placement (240 hours) (30%) (hurdle)
  • Final examination (3 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Additional hurdle requirements

  • Clinical Learning Environment (CLE) Attendance (100%)
  • Drug calculation quiz
  • Medical certificates must be provided for all absences for clinical placement and the clinical learning environment

Workload requirements

8 hours a week: online and face-to-face learning activities 6 hours, laboratories 2 hours/week over a 14 week semester. In addition, students will be required to undertake 240 hours of clinical placement.

See also Unit timetable information

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


Nursing and midwifery