NUR5003 - Contemporary nursing practice 3 - 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)

Mrs Maya Ebrahimi Zanjani


Mr Eddie Robinson

Unit guides



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


NUR5002, NUR5111.


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


This unit builds on NUR5002 Contemporary Nursing Practice 2. This unit will introduce students to recovery oriented mental health practice, the concepts of ageing, and chronic and life limiting illness. This will provide students with the opportunity to further develop therapeutic nursing skills for person-centred practice. Mental health and chronic conditions across the lifespan and settings will be explored to enable development of knowledge and skills required for person-centred assessment and care planning. Opportunities for students to learn skills and perform evidence-based mental health and risk assessments will occur through case studies and clinical placements. The nursing roles of the nurse within the interprofessional healthcare team will be analysed. Clinical placement will enable students to observe and perform skills required for mental health and primary care nursing practice in different health care environments.


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

  1. Analyse the concepts of mental health and mental illness with reference to contemporary classification systems
  2. Evaluate a range of mental disorders in the context of aetiological factors and epidemiology clinical manifestations, and recommend appropriate mental health nursing care
  3. Explain the implications of the Victorian Mental Health Act (2014) for nursing practice in line with recovery oriented mental health practice
  4. Explore the role of the recovery oriented mental health practice in gaining and retaining hope, understanding of the client's abilities and disabilities, engagement in an active life, personal autonomy, social identity, meaning and purpose in life, and a positive sense of self
  5. Communicate effectively with key stakeholders in the delivery of recovery oriented mental health practice
  6. Accurately conduct mental status, risk and other relevant assessments to help inform the provision of safe, high quality patient care
  7. Compare and contrast a range of psychotherapeutic interventions and therapeutic modalities utilised in mental health treatment and care
  8. Critique the national and international models of health care for chronic conditions and how this approach can lead to improved health outcomes
  9. Explore the impact of ageing, chronic, and life-limiting illness on clients, families and carers including the perspectives of challenges to autonomy, protection of patients, and quality of life in order to provide optimal, person centred nursing care
  10. Discriminate between health assessment, health promotion, supportive and palliative approaches for people with chronic and life limiting illness to provide appropriate evidence-based nursing interventions
  11. Critically examine how the different roles of members in interprofessional teams, work together to provide expert care for people with chronic and/or life limiting illness in different health care environments
  12. Demonstrate practice at a beginning level in mental health and primary care settings in accordance with the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, Codes of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses.


Clinical placement: 200 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.

  1. iSAP Case Study (2250 words) (25%)
  2. Group presentation (10 minutes) (15%)
  3. Summative clinical assessment and placement (Total 200 hours) (30%) (hurdle)
    • Mental Health (120 hours) (20%)
    • Community/Chronicity (80 hours) (10%)
  4. Final examination (3 hours) (30%) (hurdle)

    Attendance and participation at the Interprofessional Learning Workshop (8 hours) (hurdle)

    Students must pass each placement to pass this assessment

Workload requirements

On-campus: 7 weeks on-campus: 4-hour workshop each week, in addition to one day IPL workshop.

Off-campus: 200 hours of clinical placement (40 hours per fortnight)

Self-directed study: 84 hours (7 hours per week) inclusive of online prepare and apply activities.

Total 312 hours

See also Unit timetable information

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


Nursing and midwifery