NUR5004 - Contemporary nursing practice 4 - 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)

Mr Chris Scott


Mr Chris Scott

Unit guides



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


NUR5002, NUR5003, NUR5011, NUR5022, NUR5033, NUR5111.


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


This clinical unit focuses on preparing students for the transition to practice as a registered nurse. The unit is grounded in adult learning principles, encouraging the student to be self-directed in identifying their learning needs. In preparing the student for the transition to health professional, the unit explores teamwork, inter-professional practice, resilience, self-management and emotional intelligence. The unit is informed by national clinical priority issues: communication, medication safety and care of the deteriorating patient.


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

  1. Apply adult learning principles to critically reflect on their specific learning needs in preparation for registration as a nurse
  2. Effectively apply a systematic approach to identify, assess and care for the deteriorating patient
  3. Critically evaluate the clinical management principles of the acutely deteriorating patient
  4. Evaluate the contribution of teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality nursing care
  5. Undertake complex nursing activities in a range of clinical settings and effectively apply prioritising, problem solving and time management skills
  6. Critically reflect on their own actions, professional development and on the nature of nursing practice in relation to the nursing management of clients' health needs
  7. Reflect on, and evaluate, self-performance related to knowledge, skills and delivery of nursing care
  8. Critically reflect on decisions and judgements made to demonstrate accountability for informed patient care
  9. Practice with increasing independence at a beginning registered nurse level in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) Professional Standards for the Registered Nurse, Codes of ethics and Code of professional conduct for nurses.


Clinical placement: 240 hours.


  • Professional Learning Plan (2,000 words) (20%)
  • Written Assessment (iSAP) (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Individual class presentation (20 minutes) (20%)
  • Summative clinical assessment and clinical placement (240 hours) (30%) (hurdle)

Hurdle requirements

  • Clinical Learning Environment (CLE) attendance (100%) (hurdle)

Medical certificates must be provided for all absences for clinical placement and the clinical learning environment

Workload requirements

12 hours of teacher directed study per week, including workshop and Clinical Learning Environment

12 hours of self-directed study per week

Total = 24 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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


Nursing and midwifery