NUR5326 - Leading improvement and innovation in the quality and safety of nursing and health care - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Cath Wilson


Ms Cath Wilson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Flexible)


Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate degree


This unit enables students to understand and apply contemporary approaches, tools and techniques to improving the quality and safety of health care and services. The historical and contemporary context, purpose of, and approaches to improvement and innovation in nursing, midwifery and health care are explored.

Working within the framework of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (Version 2), students will utilise contemporary technologies and approaches used to identify clinical performance gaps, and develop person-centred outcomes for improvement and innovation.


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

  1. Critique the historical and contemporary context for improving the quality and safety of nursing and health care in Australia and internationally.
  2. Describe the role of clinical governance in the prevention and minimisation of clinical risks and adverse outcomes in nursing practice.
  3. Identify evidence relating to the presence, risks and approaches to addressing specific care quality and safety issues in nursing practice.
  4. Critique approaches and techniques for improving specific care quality and safety issues in contemporary nursing practice.
  5. Apply contemporary approaches and techniques in developing plans and interventions for improving the quality and safety of nursing and health care.


  • Review of evidence report (2,000 words) (35%)
  • Multimedia presentation of project development(25%)
  • Improvement project proposal (2,750 words) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Flexible: Equivalent of 2 hours per week lectures and workshops; 10 hours per week self-directed learning (directed and self-directed reading).

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