Units: Nursing


1st Year Units

NB101 Social and Cultural Diversity in Health
Pre-requisites: NS101 Essential Nursing Care, NPD100 Health Communications, Research and Informatics.
A number of local and global social variables affect a person’s life and wellbeing, and should be considered in day-to-day nursing care. Variables such as class, gender, race, and culture can greatly impact discussions regarding health and illness. This unit will explore the diverse elements of social and cultural life in Australia and globally, with emphasis on how these elements relate to health.

NH105 Principles of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
Pre-requisite units: NH100 Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, NS100 Essential Nursing Care
The unit aims to provide the nursing student with an introduction to the essential concepts of pathophysiology and clinical pharmacology required for nursing practice. The unit will examine the fundamental principles of pathophysiology including concepts of disease, the manifestations of disease and treatment options. It will also focus on the origins, scope and development of pharmacology, the use of drugs in the treatment of medical conditions and the nurse’s role in safe medication management.

NH106 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
NH100 introduces the student of nursing to a basic overview and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Anatomy studies the structure of the human body and the relationship of parts to one another. Physiology is concerned with the function of the body and how particular body parts work to sustain life. The content is essential knowledge for the application of nursing assessment, skill and practice The delivery of the unit is balanced by the presentation of content under the umbrella of the primary and unifying theme of homeostasis and introductory discussions on disruptions to homeostasis. This unit precedes NH101 and together they approach anatomy and physiology from a cells-to-systems approach.
Rationale
The content in this unit of study provides the nursing student with background information and a contextual framework for understanding the human body in a comprehensive way. This enables the student nurse to be cognisant of complex nursing actions and to provide rationales that support appropriate decision making and interventions. The knowledge gained from this unit of study is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to patients; the ability to interpret and understand medical records and terminology, as well as converse and discuss patient care with all health professionals.

NH107 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
This unit is intended to give students an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems as well as the special senses. Students are also introduced to the structural, functional, patho-physiological and technological aspects of reproduction. Knowledge gained from active participation in this unit sets the foundations for students' clinical practice. At the completion of this unit, a student will: 1. Use appropriate scientific language appropriately in relation to clinical theory and practice. 2. Demonstrate competence in the use of Australian and scientific systems of measurement used by the international scientific communities. 3. Explain the anatomy and physiology of the following systems: i. the Reproductive systems (and inheritance) ii. the Cardiovascular, Blood and Lymphatic system (and immunity) iii. the Endocrine system iv. the Digestive system (and nutrition & metabolism) v. the Respiratory system vi. the Urinary system (and fluid, electrolyte balance)

NSP110 Clinical Practicum 1
This Nursing Practice Unit is the first in the series of six clinical practice units that introduce the student to the essential nursing skills of the profession. This practicum complements the first year curriculum of a patient-centred, wellness model. The focus of this practicum is the application of essential nursing skills, beginning communication skills as a health professional, and the essentials of documentation within the aged care setting. To prepare students for this initial placement lecture content and workshops are provided. This practicum focusses on building reflective practice skills that enable students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge underpinning quality practice. Students are guided in their learning by both work place mentors and by a university clinical facilitator. Student assessment for this unit is through the completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+) which includes student reflection. A total of 200 clinical hours is required to be completed to pass this unit. This occurs over a variety of nursing shifts throughout the week to provide a reality of practice to the nursing profession. All students must have pre practicum documentation submitted to the clinical office by week 5, before a placement will be offered.

NSP120 Clinical Practicum 2
The second of the Nursing Practice Units continues to focus on wellness of the individual. Student placements will encompass an experience within the community sector and/or patient rehabilitation. Students will utilise this opportunity to expand on their understanding of the health care sector, in particular, the interdisciplinary team. To prepare students, four hours of lecture content are provided. Students are guided in their learning by both work place mentors/Clinical Supervisors and a University Clinical Facilitator. Student assessment for this unit is through completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+). A total of 160 clinical hours is required. These hours are completed over a variety of shifts throughout the week to provide a reality of practice to the nursing profession. All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.

NHP101 Primary Health Care Nursing
Pre-requisite unit: NHP100

This unit develops the students’ understanding of Primary Health Care and the role of the nurse as a provider of care from a primary health care perspective. It explores the concepts of community development, social justice mediation, liaison, and advocacy as they relate to community nursing practice. Students will be taught concepts related to disease prevention.

NPD100 Health Communications, Research and Informatics
This unit is designed to provide an introduction to research, professional communication strategies, the concepts and skills needed to obtain and use information effectively. The emphasis is on interpersonal communication skills essential for health professionals including the professional-helping relationship, nursing documentation, and presentation skills. The unit will provide knowledge and skills to complete the tasks required for academic writing and interpersonal communication in the health care environment. The second half of the unit focuses on the location and use of information in the field of nursing but the strategies learned can be used in any subject area. Major information sources covered include library, electronic databases and the Internet. Different forms of academic writing, critical thinking principles, correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism are also covered. The student will also be introduced to basic literature searching recognition of a good evidence base. The unit also introduces nursing students to the power of quality nursing research and provides foundations upon which students may build throughout their chosen career paths.

NS101 Essential Nursing Care
This unit introduces the nursing student to the role of the nurse. It is intended to integrate the care of the aged with the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes required by nurses as beginning practitioners. The learners are encouraged to engage the social issues of ageing and critical reflection is a major theme throughout.


2nd Year Units

NH205 Mental Health 1
Pre-requisite units: NHP101 Primary Nursing Care, NSP102 Clinical Practicum 2
Nurses have a unique relationship with their patients and counselling skills can be used very effectively as part of holistic care to enhance nurse and patient relationships, particularly in a mental health context. The content in this unit of study provides the nursing student with background information and a contextual framework for understanding and applying basic counselling, communication and interpersonal skills within a mental health setting. This enables the student nurse to be cognisant of complex nursing interactions and communication skills and to provide rationales that support appropriate decision making and interventions to mentally ill patients.

NH206 Mental Health 2
Pre-requisite units: NHP101,NB101,NSP102
This unit will equip the student with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to care for and support both patients suffering from mental illness, and their families, in a hospital setting and in the community. The student will explore past and current ethical, legal and clinical issues related to mental health nursing, and various treatment modalities.

NH207 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
Pre-requisite units: NSP102 Clinical Practicum 2, NH105 Principles of Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
The unit aims to provide the nursing student with essential knowledge of common diseases and the pharmacological management used in clinical practice. The unit will examine the interrelated organ systems and the underlying pathophysiology of specific disease processes including cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and neurological conditions. Nursing management of the acutely ill patient will be discussed and analysed along with discussion of the patient’s longer term nursing needs. The key concepts of clinical pharmacology will be applied to enable the student to evaluate the appropriateness of prescribed medications and ensure safe medication management.

NH208 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
Pre-requisite units: NH207 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
This unit aims to add to the knowledge gained in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1 & 2 with additional discussion of other common diseases and their pharmacological management. The unit will examine the interrelated organ systems and the underlying pathophysiology of specific disease processes including musculoskeletal, endocrine, haematological and gastrointestinal conditions. Nursing management of the acutely ill patient will be discussed and analysed along with discussion of the patient’s longer term nursing needs. The key concepts of clinical pharmacology will be applied to enable the student to evaluate the appropriateness of prescribed medications and ensure safe medication management.

NHP200 Paediatric and Adolescent Health
Pre-requisite units: NSP102 Clinical Practicum 2
This unit is designed to assist students in developing foundational knowledge in the field of paediatric and adolescent nursing. It will help students to appreciate the child and adolescent as holistic individuals, and to introduce the student to the relevant knowledge and skills needed to function as paediatric nurses. Nursing management of child and adolescent health is important for nursing professionals and understanding health and development within the context of families, communities and health care systems is vital. This unit will include an appreciation of the impact of environment on paediatric and adolescent health, the promotion of paediatric and adolescent health, and the prevention of paediatric and adolescent specific diseases.

NHP201 Chronic Care
Pre-requisite units: PS100.3, NSP102
Obesity, cardiac disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS are some of the contemporary chronic health issues that drain health resources. Public health campaigns, instituted by various governments, have had limited success. This unit examines the causes of and disabilities arising from some chronic health conditions, within society, and also looks at a range of preventative programs that have been implemented, in an attempt to reduce health spending. The management of individuals with chronic illnesses or health issues are clearly defined from a nursing perspective.

NS207 Health Assessment in Nursing
Pre-requisite units: NSP102 Clinical Practicum 2
In this unit students will by observation and practical involvement apply the principles of health assessment and the nursing process to manage nursing care of the patient. Evidence-based nursing material related to the health assessment of a patient is delivered via a theoretical and problem-solving approach. This enables students to apply the principles to nursing practice.

NS208 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative)
Pre-requisite units: NSP201 Clinical Practicum 3
This unit provides students with fundamental knowledge and understanding of a patient before, during and after an operative procedure. Infection control principles will be reinforced and students will be specifically taught preparation and management of the operating theatre environment. Previous anatomy and physiology knowledge will be applied in teaching students to assist in the perioperative care of the patient, transferring and positioning the patient for surgery, recognising and responding to changes in the patient’s clinical condition, and in caring for the patient during the emergence and recovery from anaesthesia. Students will also learn to monitor and manage the potential hazards that exist within the complex technological environment of the operating suite.

NS209 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical)
This unit builds upon previous skills gained in the first year of the undergraduate nursing degree. As such, students will be introduced to more complex nursing procedures. Students shall also demonstrate these skills competently in the clinical area under the direct supervision of their mentor.

NSP210 Clinical Practicum 3
This unit will give students an overview of the clinical learning expectations to be achieved whilst on clinical practicum. The unit will explore strategies for the students to utilise that will enhance communication within the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a focus on building reflective practice skills that will enable the students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that underpin quality practice. The aim is to prepare students to appreciate the clinical environment and the learning experience this provides.
The unit will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills units. The focus this semester is nursing care in the medical nursing environment and implementation of the semester’s theoretical knowledge into the clinical practice setting. All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.

NSP220 Clinical Practicum 4
This unit will give students an overview of the clinical learning expectations to be achieved whilst on clinical practicum. The unit will explore strategies for the students to utilise that will enhance communication within the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a focus on building reflective practice skills that will enable the students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that underpin quality practice. The aim is to prepare students to appreciate the clinical environment and the learning experience that this provides. Students are guided in their learning by work place mentors/clinical supervisors and a university clinical facilitator. Student assessment for this unit is through the completion of the Nursing Clinical Assessment Schedule (NCAS+).
The unit will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills units. The focus this semester is acute nursing care in the specialty settings of perioperative nursing and mental health nursing. Students will be required to implement the semester’s theoretical knowledge into the clinical practice setting. All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.


3rd Year Units

NH300 Clinical Reasoning, Judgement and Management of Care
Pre-requisites: All second year units
The unit aims to examine and apply clinical reasoning and judgment in the coordination and management of nursing care. The unit will consolidate the nursing student’s pre-existing knowledge and skills related to the management of patient care and focus on problems solving and decision making to enhance the provision of care to patients or clients. To support this, the concepts of prioritisation and delegation will be explored along with clinical governance, inter-professional working, collaboration and quality assurance.

NPD300 Professional Practice and Leadership 1
Pre-requisites: All second year units
Planned specific skills for transition into the work force will be delivered in the unit. Generic skills and preparation for functioning as a Professional Nurse will be taught. Expert practitioners will address the students’ questions in relation to transitional issues. Students will be taught self-care, work force issues and skills needed to be truly reflective practitioners.

NS304 Transition to Practice 2 - Contemporary Nursing
Pre-requisite: NSP220 Professional Practice 4
This unit analyses the professional identity of nursing and thus key issues will be considered including nursing theories, social, cultural and political factors that influence the development, representation, and identity of nursing.

NS307 Complex Nursing Care (Critical Care)
Pre-requisite units: All second year units.
The unit is designed to give the student nurse an introduction to the complexities of critical care nursing. The unit will look at nursing attitudes, knowledge and skills required in the overall recognition and management of the acutely unwell and critically ill patient. It will discuss the nurses' role in relation to meeting the physiological, psychological and social needs of patients and families within the realm of critical illness.

NHP300 Aboriginal Health
Pre-requisites: All second year units
It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are one of the most disadvantaged groups within Australia. Statistically, they are the most socially and economically disadvantaged group of people within Australian society, as well as the sickest, when compared to the rest of the Australian population. The reason for this contemporary state of health is multi-causal. The study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an essential element in shaping the knowledge of health professionals. This unit will assist health professionals to deliver care using best practice principles in a culturally sensitive manner, thus enabling the health professional to make a positive contribution towards Indigenous health.

NSP310 Clinical Practicum 5
Pre-requisites: NS307 Complex Nursing Care (Critical Care), NSP220 Clinical Practicum 4
This Nursing Practice Unit, in line with the curriculum, changes its focus of nursing care to that of the individual within the hospital setting requiring tertiary care. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the clinical areas of acute/critical care and surgical nursing. To prepare students 2 hours of lecture content and workshops are provided. Students are guided in their learning by work place mentors/clinical supervisors and a University clinical facilitator. Student assessment for this unit is through the completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+). A total of 160 clinical hours is required. This occurs over a variety of nursing shifts and days throughout the week to provide a reality of practice to the nursing profession.
The unit will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills units. All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered. If pre practicum documentation is not provided by week 5, the clinical placements will be cancelled and the student will be graded an FN for the unit NSP310.

NHP301 Rural Health
Pre-requisite units: All 2nd year Nursing units, NHP300 Indigenous Health
The role of the nurse in rural, remote and regional areas requires the nurse to be a skilled practitioner who is able to deliver healthcare across diverse cultural and social groups. This unit aims to introduce the student nurse to the discipline of rural, remote and regional nursing. The student will develop an understanding of the environment of rural, remote and regional nursing, and the impact on rural healthcare delivery. This could be related to geographic location and accessibility, community stratification, socio-economic and resource access, culture, lifestyle preferences and health, safety and risk factors.

NPD307 Research Methods and Health Informatics
Pre-requisite units: All second year units
This unit provides students with opportunities to understand broad aspects of nursing research. The research opportunities range from accessing and using quality research materials including application of research in clinical settings. The unit also examines the influences of virtual and information technology in the health field, and focuses on the ways in which health informatics is used by both the health professional/and the lay person.

NPD308 Professional Practice and Leadership in Nursing 2
Pre-requisites: All second year units; NPD300
This unit will develop the students understanding of management in healthcare and the role of the nurse as a manager. It will provide an introduction to contemporary theories and perspectives on leadership and management in nursing by addressing issues such as vision, motivation, authority, ethical conduct, culture, commitment and the implementation of change based on reliable evidence. This understanding will develop through exposure to key speakers and experts, analysis of information provided to and sought by the student and questioning and debate regarding the information presented.

NSP320 Clinical Practicum 6
Pre-requisites: NS303
This unit will give students an overview of the clinical learning expectations to be achieved whilst on clinical practicum. The unit will explore strategies for the students to utilise that will enhance communication within the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a focus on building reflective practice skills that will enable the students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that underpin quality practice. The aim is to prepare students to appreciate the clinical environment and the learning experience that this provides. Student assessment for this unit is through the completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+). A total of 160 clinical hours is required.
The unit will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills units. The focus this semester is acute nursing care in either medical or surgical nursing or implementation of the semester’s theoretical knowledge into the clinical practice setting. All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.

NOTE: Pre-requisites & Co-requisites are subject to review and change. The final decision is made by the Dean.

Electives

Group A: Clinical

NSE303 Palliative Care
Pre-requisites: All second year units
This elective unit aims to provide the student with the knowledge of the standards for quality palliative care, ways of communication and counselling skills appropriate to the palliative care setting. Students will be able to explore their own values and beliefs surrounding death and dying. The student will be taught to assess and manage common symptoms associated with life limiting illness.

NSE304 Maternal Care
Pre-requisites: All second year units
This unit introduces the student to the role of the Registered Midwife in caring for women, their babies and families during and after pregnancy. The student will be taught the physiological and psychological aspects of pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum care of the mother and child. The unit will introduce the student to holistic woman centred care whilst emphasising the role of family members as co-participants in care during pregnancy and childbirth.

NSE305 Advanced Mental Health
Pre-requisites: All second year units
In this unit, students will examine contemporary trends and practice in delivering mental health care. Treatment/care options within community settings and the collaboration between all sectors of the community will be explored. External influences on mental health facilities will also be considered.

Group B: Professional

NPE302 Global Health
Pre-requisites: All second year units
Health inequalities occur not only within countries, but also between them. Developing countries experience high levels of illness, disability, premature death and reduced life expectancy. In many situations, these adverse conditions are direct and indirect results of unequal distribution of power, income, goods and services, globally and nationally. This unit will introduce the student to the patterning of health and illness at a global level. Content covered will include: international health organisations and agreements, and the health effects of people trafficking, global health resources, international travel, environmental conditions, and political conflict.

NPE303 The Nurse as a Clinical Educator
Pre-requisites: All second year units
The role of the nurse in health promotion and education of the client, their family and staff is an essential component of every day clinical practice. High quality patient centred education will lead ultimately to consumer satisfaction, improved quality of life, autonomy through maximisation of their independence and wellbeing. This diverse unit will provide the student with the teaching and learning strategies required to educate patients and families regarding their health. Professional development and education of peers within the health care environment is also an essential component of the nurse's role. Students will be enabled to provide support for peers in the health care environment and meet the requirements of the role of the mentor in clinical practice. In this unit students will also have the opportunity to develop the required knowledge, skills and teaching strategies to facilitate nursing professional development activities within the health care setting.

NPE304 Advanced Wound Care
Pre-requisites: All second year units
This unit builds upon skills gained in the first year and second year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Students will be introduced to more complex nursing procedures necessary for implementing planned nursing care for patients in medical and surgical areas. These skills will include conservative sharp wound debridement, assessment of arterial and venous ulcers, compression bandaging, and pre/ post-operative management of a person with urinary and faecal surgical diversions at an advanced level.


Midwifery Units

First Semester Units

MID500 Contemporary Issues in Midwifery 1
This unit facilitates exploration of midwifery as a distinct discipline. The history of midwifery is studied both from an international and national perspective. Exploration, critical analysis and reflection on the evolution of midwifery as a profession and the challenges faced throughout history to the present day, enable the student to understand contemporary midwifery issues. Specific emphasis is placed on Australia's indigenous population and the particular challenges this group faces in pregnancy and childbirth. Appreciation of cultural mores and social diversity are woven throughout this unit as students are guided to value and develop the capacity to care for women and their families in the multicultural society in which we live. Different models of midwifery are explored. This allows the student to understand similarities and differences in Australian midwifery compared to other nations and to explore the reasons for these. This unit enhances the student's ability to research and retrieve information and to identify knowledge deficits within the discipline of midwifery.

MID501 Contemporary Issues in Midwifery 2
The theme of this unit is the universal right of each woman and her infant to equally access the highest attainable standard of midwifery care. This right is explored by recognising the linkages that exist between childbirth and human rights with particular reference to the Australian context. Students learn to appraise and address the impact of power relations on midwifery practice. The underpinning philosophy of woman centred care forms a basis for this unit as students develop critical and reflective thinking skills while becoming conversant with a wide range of national and international midwifery literature.

MID502 Contemporary Issues in Midwifery 3
This unit facilitates advanced exploration of midwifery as a distinct discipline. The student learns to function in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice. Students explore, critically analyse and reflect on policies and guidelines that have legal and professional implications for practice. While the underpinning philosophy of woman centred care remains the basis for this unit, the student also focuses on the responsibility of the profession of midwifery to protect the public and to ensure safety of all childbearing women and their babies. Students develop strategies to meaningfully contribute to midwifery policy development.

MID504 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health: Women and Babies
In this unit, students will develop ways of working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies. Students examine causal links between history and social determinants of health that result in conditions and outcomes more commonly occurring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies. In deconstructing colonisation using an historical and contemporary lens, students will explore the hidden influences on their values and beliefs. By incorporating the Aboriginal world view of health and rights based frameworks of organisations that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, students plan culturally responsive and supportive care.

MQL500 Qualitative Research Methods in Midwifery
This unit aims to foster the development of knowledge, understanding and skills needed to assist women, their babies and their families in the childbearing process. It will prepare the student to access, interpret and utilise evidence, in order to underpin practice with current knowledge and best evidence. Students will be guided in mastering the literature in an area of midwifery interest, with the aim of enhancing professional development of the self, others and the profession. Preparation of a qualitative research proposal will provide the student with necessary skills to conduct research in order to facilitate and implement changes to improve midwifery and maternity care. Skills necessary to inform policy and practice and to add to the body of knowledge in the discipline of midwifery will be developed in this unit.

MQT500 Quantitative Research Methods in Midwifery
This unit aims to foster the development of knowledge, understanding and skills related to quantitative methodologies. It will prepare the student to access, interpret and utilise evidence, in order to underpin practice with current knowledge and best evidence. Students will be guided in obtaining literature in an area of interest within their profession, with the aim of enhancing professional development of the self, others and the profession. Preparation of a quantitative research proposal will provide the student with necessary skills to conduct research in order to facilitate and implement changes to improve service delivery within midwifery.


Second Semester Units

MIP500 Midwifery in Practice 1
This unit prepares the student midwife to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote quality outcomes for mother and baby and to provide high quality care, including preparation and administration of medications through safe and effective midwifery practice at the beginning level of competence. Advanced communication skills are taught enabling the student to involve the woman in decision making regarding her care in a way that is both supportive and educational. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife, Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia are the major resources which provide a framework for this unit. This foundational unit is underpinned by the midwifery model of care in which the woman is central to all care planning and is encouraged to be a partner in all decisions regarding her care and the care of her baby. Continuity of care and continuity of carer is acknowledged as fundamental to quality midwifery care.

MIP501 Midwifery in Practice 2
This unit prepares the student midwife to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote quality outcomes for mother and baby with complex health or social needs. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife, Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia are the major resources which provide a framework for this unit. Building on Midwifery in Practice 1, the student develops advanced communication skills enabling effective consultation, referral and handover.

MIP502 Midwifery in Practice 3
This unit prepares the student midwife to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote quality outcomes for mother and baby in the emergency or urgent situation through safe and effective midwifery practice at the advanced level of competence as a student midwife. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife, Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia and Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia are the major resources which provide a framework for this unit. This advanced clinical unit enables the senior student midwife to accept professional responsibility and personal accountability for their own practice. Students are equiped in this unit to collaborate effectively with other health care providers when care is outside the scope of practice.


Third Semester Units

MIT500 Midwifery Theory 1
This unit provides the student midwife with foundational knowledge in anatomy and physiology of the pregnant woman and the neonate. Students will learn to work in partnership with women and other care providers to determine and provide programs of care, promoting an understanding that childbirth is a normal, physiological process and a significant life event for most women. Indepth knowledge will equip the student to monitor and support women in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal phases of pregnancy and childbirth.

MIT501 Midwifery Theory 2
This unit will provide the student midwife with a sound knowledge base of disorders in anatomy and physiology and relevant disease processes and the health complexities of the pregnant woman and the neonate. This knowledge will build on foundational knowledge gained in Midwifery Theory 1 and will focus on complex care of the childbearing woman and the neonate. Indepth knowledge will equip the student to monitor and support women who require complex care in the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal phases of pregnancy and childbirth. Advanced critical analysis skills will enable the student midwife to identify complex health or social needs of mother and baby. It is envisaged that these skills will allow students to facilitate the safe and timely involvement of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, in providing solutions for these needs.

MIT502 Midwifery Theory 3
In this unit the senior student midwife builds on knowledge gained in Midwifery Theory 1 and Midwifery Theory 2 and also incorporates clinical experiences from Midwifery in Practice 1 and Midwifery in Practice 2. This unit provides the student midwife with advanced knowledge in anatomy and physiology of the pregnant woman and the neonate. The student learns how to cope with and respond to emergency situations and to monitor and support women while continuing to work with them and enable their decision making through effective communication of evidence based information. Students develop enhanced communication skills enabling them to effectively support women and their families in these urgent situations. Advanced critical analysis skills enable the student midwife to recognise and respond to urgent or emergency situations with timely and appropriate intervention, consultation and/or referral. Students acknowledge the importance of maintaining up-to-date skills and knowledge concerning emergency plans and protocols.


Postgraduate Units

NCC400 Nursing Practice 1 Critical Care
This unit integrates knowledge of nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation.  The importance of collaborative relationships with other disciplines and consumers in planning and managing the health care for those presenting in the critical care area is also discussed. Responding to complex problems and the provision of client and family education are fundamental to the care context, as are clinical resource management and leadership within the critical care environment.

NCC401 Clinical Governance Critical Care
This unit will address concepts of clinical governance as a methodology for ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible.  It will be presented as a systematic and integrated approach to assurance and review of clinical responsibility and accountability that improves quality and safety resulting in optimal patient outcomes. The four pillars of clinical governance will provide an adaptive framework that facilitates the monitoring and evaluation of clinical performance, professional development and management, clinical risk and consumer participation.

NCC402 Leadership & Management Critical Care
This unit will develop key leadership skills and management strategies including skills in conflict resolution, change management and effective team building. Topics such as the development of leadership capability, leadership development techniques and coaching are included. Relevant leadership theories and management theories will be examined and applied to the critical care context.

NCC403 Advanced Health Assessment Critical Care
This unit introduces the participant to a range of clinical assessment procedures, tools and techniques that are applicable to the context of critical care.  The focus of this unit relates to comprehensive biopsychosocial health assessment process and the use and interpretation of assessment findings, including diagnostic results.  The utilisation of health assessment tools and implementation of clinical interventions based on health assessment findings are also examined and evaluated.

NLM400 Nursing Leadership Development Strategies
This unit consolidates students’ knowledge of key leadership strategies including leadership skills/attributes of a good leader, performance development and team building. The students will examine aspects of positive leadership utilising leadership theories, qualities and characteristics, creating an environment to support innovation/self development, and strategies such as conflict management, team building/dynamics, decision-making and problem-solving. Detailed topics include analysis of communication skills/styles, critical thinking and reflection, coaching/mentoring, negotiation, emotional intelligence and team building. Students will be able to apply these attributes within their work setting. The unit has a strong focus on the practical application of these skills, knowledge and attitudes within the work environment which is re-enforced with the unit’s assessments.

NLM401 Applied Nursing Management Strategies
This unit enhances students’ understanding of key management concepts and creates the ability to demonstrate and apply the appropriate knowledge and theory of management. The important dimensions of management are considered including leading change in practice, policy and planning, the place of technology in health care, clinical decision-making, and resource management of the physical, material and clinical resources. Students will also explore the integral relationship between patient, staff and organisation. Topics such as human and material resource management, models of care and other management strategies such as developing a business plan are included in this unit. This unit has a strong focus on the practical application of these skills, knowledge and attitudes within the work environment which is re-enforced with the unit’s assessments.

NLM402 Organisational Culture & Change Management in Nursing
(Pre-requisites: NLM400 and NLM401 Co-requisites: NLM403)
This unit introduces students to the dynamics of organisational structure and how this structure can enhance or impede communication, flexibility and service delivery at an individual, unit or hospital level. The role of the nursing/midwifery leader and the impact this role may have as a change agent and on the capacity to achieve safe, effective and relevant patient care are addressed. Reporting mechanisms, monitoring of adverse events and quality management are important components of this unit. Topics such as governance, what is culture and how to build and maintain it, theories of change management, change agent in action, PDSA cycle for planning and implementing change, and evaluating change are included as well as the development of strategies to facilitate the introduction of change within the work culture. The unit has a strong focus on the practical application of these skills, knowledge and attitudes within the work environment which is re-enforced with the unit’s assessments.

NLM403 Patient Care, Quality & Best Practice in Nursing
(Pre-requisites: NLM400 and NLM401 Co-requisites: NLM402)
This unit enhances students’ understanding of key management concepts and creates the ability to demonstrate and apply the appropriate knowledge and theory of management. The important dimensions of management are considered including leading change in practice, policy and planning, the place of technology in health care, clinical decision-making, and resource management of the physical, material and clinical resources. Students will also explore the integral relationship between patient, staff and organisation. Topics such as human and material resource management, models of care and other management strategies such as developing a business plan are included in this unit. This unit has a strong focus on the practical application of these skills, knowledge and attitudes within the work environment which is re-enforced with the unit’s assessments.

NMH401 Contemporary Mental Health Practice
The unit will:

  • Examine current contemporary trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care with emphasis    on acute crisis and psychiatric emergencies.
  • Address treatment/care options within community settings and the integration and partnership      with Non Government Organisations, General Practitioners, Police and other emergency    services.
  • Enable the ethical decisions determining hospital and community based treatment options.
  • Reference the National Mental Health Standards and current West Australian Mental Health Division strategies and objectives.

NMH402 Interpersonal Communication
This unit will:

  • Examine the interpersonal communication with the emotionally disturbed or psychiatrically unwell person.
  • Enable the practitioner to identify and use both non verbal and verbal communication and communication with culturally and linguistically diverse people.
  • Enhance communication with indigenous clients.
  • Introduce interactive dialogue techniques and dialogue analysis and a broad understanding of communication and negotiation strategies in high risk scenarios.
  • Explore communication techniques to enhance telephone triage, assessment and telephone interventions.
  • Promote self-awareness and self care.

NMH404 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry
The unit will examine current trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care to people suffering acute mental illness. Emphasis on treatment and care options within tertiary, secondary and community settings will highlight ways in which healthcare agencies partner with other organisations and services such as General Practitioners and Police. Students will debate and reflect the ethical considerations inherent in determining a variety of hospital and community based treatments. This unit is informed by current legislation.

NMH503 Advanced Contemporary Mental Health Practice 1
(Pre-requisites: NMH401 Contemporary Mental Health Practice, NMH402 Interpersonal Communication, NMH404 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry)
This unit examines current contemporary practices in the delivery of complex inter-professional care for people diagnosed with mental health issues. Emphasis on inter-professional care options within a variety of tertiary, secondary and community health settings are explored, especially in the context of therapeutic interventions. This unit enables the mental health practitioner to develop, implement and evaluate patient centred treatment options whilst reflecting upon the ethical considerations inherent in determining appropriate care.

NMH504 Advanced Contemporary Mental Health Practice 2
(Pre-requisites: NMH401 Contemporary Mental Health Practice, NMH402 Interpersonal Communication, NMH404 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry)
This unit examines current contemporary practices in the delivery of complex inter-professional care for people diagnosed with mental health issues. Emphasis on the concepts of promotion, prevention and early intervention will be considered. This unit explores concepts of leadership and management in the context of the development of care from both local and population health perspectives. It enables mental health practitioners and leaders of care to develop strategies to address complex health care alternatives.

NUR409A Advanced Health Assessment
This unit introduces the student to a variety of clinical assessment tools and techniques. The foci of this unit are the comprehensive health assessment and the use and interpretation of assessment findings including diagnostic results. Evaluation of health assessment tools and implementation of clinical interventions based on health assessment findings are also examined.

NUR409B Advanced Health Assessment
This unit introduces the student to a variety of clinical assessment tools and techniques. The foci of this unit are the comprehensive health assessment and the use and interpretation of assessment findings including diagnostic results. Evaluation of health assessment tools and implementation of clinical interventions based on health assessment findings are also examined.

NUR410A Nursing Practice 1
This unit, through a variety of clinically based and student-driven activities, will enable students to: Integrate knowledge of their  nursing practice with concepts of advanced medical nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation; Solve complex client problems; Provide client education and health promotion; Develop knowledge and skills fundamental to nursing case management; Demonstrate a collaborative relationship with other health care providers and consumers in planning and delivering comprehensive health care from pre-admission to post-discharge; Demonstrate  leadership by functioning as a clinical resource in the management of client care; Identify opportunities for nursing role extension and expansion within a climate of health care delivery change.

NUR410B Nursing Practice 1
This unit, through a variety of clinically based and student-driven activities, will enable students to: Integrate knowledge of their  nursing practice with concepts of advanced medical nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation; Solve complex client problems; Provide client education and health promotion; Develop knowledge and skills fundamental to nursing case management; Demonstrate a collaborative relationship with other health care providers and consumers in planning and delivering comprehensive health care from pre-admission to post-discharge; Demonstrate  leadership by functioning as a clinical resource in the management of client care; Identify opportunities for nursing role extension and expansion within a climate of health care delivery change.

NUR411A Nursing Practice 2
This unit, through a variety of clinically based and student-driven activities, will enable students to: Integrate knowledge of their  nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing surgery; Solve complex nursing problems; Provide client education and health promotion; Develop knowledge and skills fundamental to nursing case management; Demonstrate a collaborative relationship with other health care providers and consumers in planning and delivering comprehensive health care from pre-admission to post-discharge; Demonstrate clinical leadership by functioning as a clinical resource in the management of client care; Identify opportunities for nursing role extension and expansion within a climate of health care delivery change.

NUR411B Nursing Practice 2
This unit, through a variety of clinically based and student-driven activities, will enable students to: Integrate knowledge of their  nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing surgery; Solve complex nursing problems; Provide client education and health promotion; Develop knowledge and skills fundamental to nursing case management; Demonstrate a collaborative relationship with other health care providers and consumers in planning and delivering comprehensive health care from pre-admission to post-discharge; Demonstrate clinical leadership by functioning as a clinical resource in the management of client care; Identify opportunities for nursing role extension and expansion within a climate of health care delivery change.

NUR413A Nursing Governance
This unit will include: The concepts of the Nursing governance framework as a method of ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible; The four pillars of Clinical Governance: Clinical Performance and Evaluation: clinical standards and clinical indicators; Professional Development and Management: competency standards and continuing professional development; Clinical Risk: the monitoring and management of incident and adverse events, and risk profile analysis; Consumer Value: consumer liaison and participation.

NUR413B Nursing Governance
This unit will include: The concepts of the Nursing governance framework as a method of ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible; The four pillars of Clinical Governance: Clinical Performance and Evaluation: clinical standards and clinical indicators; Professional Development and Management: competency standards and continuing professional development; Clinical Risk: the monitoring and management of incident and adverse events, and risk profile analysis; Consumer Value: consumer liaison and participation.

NUR421 Clinical Governance
This unit of study will enable the student to consolidate understanding and application of the methods and instruments that form the foundation for monitoring quality and safety of healthcare delivery ensuring optimal outcomes. Students will analyse the leadership and organisational factors integral to the development of a strong clinical governance framework. Knowledge gained in this unit will equip students to strengthen clinical governance frameworks and patient safety processes in many and varied health services and settings. Deep exploration of clinical governance undertaken in this unit will empower students to ensure that quality healthcare standards are maintained and to become agents of change for the benefit of patients, colleagues and healthcare systems.

NCC502 Reflective Practice Critical Care - (semester length unit)
This unit will develop skills in critical reflection; to equip the critical care nurse with strategies to explore actions and to derive meaning from lived experience. The capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning is paramount, as It encourages students to consider alternative approaches and to explore approaches for future application.  Learning from clinical experiences, rather than from formal teaching, is possibly the most important source of personal development and improvement.  Therefore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

NCC501 Nursing Practice 2 Critical Care
This unit synthesises knowledge of nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation.  The significance of collaborative relationships with other disciplines and consumers in planning and managing the health care for those presenting in the critical care area is also critiqued. Responding to complex problems and the provision of client and family education are fundamental to the care context, as are high level clinical resource management and leadership within the critical care environment.

NMH502 Evidence Based Practice
Evidence based practice is an established concept that has gained widespread recognition within the health sector as a means of informing, authenticating and improving the work of health professionals. In view of this, the course unit will encourage students to critically evaluate the applicability of evidence based findings within the scope of their own professional mental health practice. Course content will also increase the capacity of individuals to select and use research method and process to engage with relevant systematic scholarly enquiry.

NUR515 Reflective Practice (Perioperative)
The aim of this unit is to enhance participant's knowledge and skill in reflection; to equip them with the mechanisms to explore actions and to derive meaning from the experience. It encourages participants to develop thinking, consider alternative approaches and explore strategies for future application. Furthermore, participants will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

NUR521 Clinical Practice
Pre-requisites: Nil Co-requisites: Nil
This unit allows the participant the opportunity to relate theoretical knowledge with practice. It aims to guide the participant to develop essential theoretical knowledge and skills. All participants will be guided through all clinical specialties at the participating hospitals, each focusing on relating theory of a body system to practice. Assessment will be made by completing assignments relating to clinical placement and by completion of specialist clinical competencies. Participants will receive ongoing support and education when in the clinical environment from the designated teacher practitioners, clinical preceptors, Staff Development Nurses, Staff Development Educators and Clinical Nurse Managers.    

NUR522 Professional Development in Clinical Practice
Pre-requisites: Nil Co-requisites: Nil
The aim of this unit is to examine sources of nursing knowledge and how they influence nursing practice. By facilitating the development of critical thinking, this unit examines ethical principles and how they impact nursing action as well as how contemporary issues influence clinical practice. Furthermore, it enhances professional development by developing strategies for critiquing research and educational practices.

NUR523 Reflective Practice
Pre-requisites: Nil Co-requisites: Nil
The aim of this unit is to enhance participant’s knowledge and skill in reflection; to equip them with the mechanisms to explore actions and to derive meaning from the experience. It encourages students to develop thinking, consider alternative approaches and explore strategies for future application. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.  

NURS1011 Anatomy and Physiology 1
This unit will introduce students to an understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will learn of the complementarity and interrelationship of structure and function governing cells, tissues and certain body systems. Students will recognise homoeostasis in the maintenance of body functions studied and how its disruption leads into pathology. The content is essential knowledge for the application of nursing assessment, skill and practice. This unit will enable students to provide rationale that support appropriate decision making and interventions in nursing care.

NURS1012 Nursing Care 1 – Foundations
This unit prepares students with the fundamental psychomotor skills, knowledge, and attitudes required by nurses. Evidence-based practice, cultural diversity, and lifespan health will be explored in the contemporary nursing practice. This unit prepares students to safely engage in their first professional practice unit.

NURS1013 Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
This unit introduces research, evidence-based practice, professional communication strategies, and concepts and skills necessary for using information effectively. Furthermore, the unit introduces students to digital network communication in a contemporary health setting. The unit has a strong emphasis on interpersonal communication skills essential for health professionals; including the professional-helping relationship, nursing documentation, presentation skills, and intercultural communication. The unit also provides students with knowledge and skills for academic writing and interpersonal communication in the health care environment.

NURS1014 Social and Cultural Diversity
In order to provide person centred care, health professionals consider a number of social and cultural variables that affect an individual’s life and wellbeing. This unit enables students to apply a sociological lens to healthcare provision for individuals and the community with a particular emphasis on health of Indigenous and multi-cultural Australians.

NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
This unit introduces students to essential nursing skills complementing the first year curriculum of a patient-centred, wellness model. To prepare students for this initial aged care placement, lectures, online quizzes and workshops are conducted covering communication in healthcare, interdisciplinary teamwork, professionalism and socialisation of the student to nursing culture. Students are introduced to the registered nurse standards for practice and provided education on the clinical assessment tool, the National Competency Assessment Schedule. Students are introduced to objective setting, reflective practice and critical thinking. Students are guided in their clinical learning by work place mentors and a University Clinical Facilitator.

NURS1016 Anatomy and Physiology 2
Pre-requisites: NURS1011 Anatomy and Physiology 1
This unit completes course learning of major systems, anatomy and physiology. The unit will reinforce the interrelationship of structure and function governing the human body systems with an emphasis on homoeostasis, regulatory control, and interrelationship of these body systems.

NURS1017 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
Pre-requisite: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
The unit provides essential concepts of pathophysiology and clinical pharmacology required for nursing practice. The unit will examine fundamental principles of general pathophysiology including concepts of disease, manifestations of disease and treatment options. It will also focus on understanding the origins, scope and development of pharmacology in the treatment of medical conditions and safe medication management.

NURS1018 Public Health and Microbiology
Pre-requisite: NURS1011 Anatomy and Physiology 1
This unit introduces students to the five core public health areas: health monitoring & surveillance, disease prevention & control, health protection, health promotion and health policy, planning & management. The unit will examine the application of microbiology in public health and its impact on the role of the nurse and other health disciplines.
Students will learn to apply the five core public health areas and microbiology in a global, national & local context to improve and protect the health of populations.

NURS1019 Health, Research and Informatics 2
Pre-requisites: NURS1013 Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
This unit involves the comprehension of health research as it relates to clinical practice. It includes content relating to the theoretical, philosophical, ethical and legal application of research to health care. Students will also examine the influence and use of digital medium and information technology in the health field. A particular focus is the way in which health informatics are used by health professionals and the general population, with reference to the impact on improved health outcomes.

NURS1020 Nursing care 2 – Fundamentals
Pre-requisites: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1Practice 1
This unit develops the role of the registered nurse whereby students build on the skills, knowledge and attitudes gained in Nursing Care 1 - Foundations. Students engage with issues pertinent to essential care delivery in a range of contexts. The Nursing Process will inform assessment and management of care. This unit prepares student nurses to safely engage in the second Professional Practice unit.

NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
Pre-requisites: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
Co-requisites: NURS1016 Anatomy and Physiology 2

This unit will consolidate and build on skills and knowledge introduced in Professional Practice 1. This second Professional Practice Unit continues the focus on wellness of the individual and will encompass an experience of patient rehabilitation. Students will expand their understanding of the health care sector, in particular, the interdisciplinary team role in patient rehabilitation. Students are guided by both work place mentors/Clinical Supervisors and a University Clinical Facilitator.

NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
Pre-requisites: NURS1017 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1, NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
In this unit students examine pharmacological and medical treatments underlying physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive and neurological conditions. Students learn to plan holistic care for patients with acute and chronic pathology by considering the effect on patient presentation, treatment, and recovery. Individualised care is contextualised to the socio-cultural factors that impact on the development and management of selected disorders.

NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical
Pre-requisite: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
This unit builds on skills and knowledge gained in Nursing Care 2. Students consolidate knowledge and skills essential for the delivery of safe and holistic care of patients in medical and surgical settings. This unit prepares students to safely engage in the third professional practice unit.

NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing
Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
This unit applies principles of health assessment and the nursing process to plan nursing care. Evidence-based nursing practice related to the health assessment of a patient is delivered via a theoretical and problem-solving approach.

NURS2022 Mental Health 1
Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
This unit will equip the student with knowledge, understanding, and skills required to care for and support patients and their families in hospital and community mental health settings. This unit examines the concepts of mental health, engagement, and therapeutic and behavioural frameworks of the assessment process pertinent to those experiencing mental health issues. The unit also examines the relevant health policy and law.

NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
Co-requisites: NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

The unit consolidates and build on skills, knowledge and clinical competencies achieved in first year Professional Practice units. The focuses on nursing care in the acute medical environment and the implementation of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions, physical assessment skills and administration, and management of medications and intravenous therapy. The unit emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives and utilise reflection, clinical reasoning and feedback to assist in continual self-improvement. Students are guided by workplace mentors and a university clinical facilitator.

NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
This unit adds to knowledge gained in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1 & 2 with additional discussion of other common diseases and their pharmacological management. The unit examines interrelated organ systems and underlying pathophysiology of specific disease processes including musculoskeletal, endocrine, haematological and gastrointestinal conditions. Nursing management of acutely ill patients will be discussed and analysed along with discussion of longer term nursing issues. Key concepts of clinical pharmacology are applied to enable students to evaluate the appropriateness of prescribed medications and ensure safe medication management.

NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 – Perioperative
Pre-requisites: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
This unit provides students with fundamental knowledge of patient care before, during, and after an operative procedure. Infection control principles will be reinforced and students will be taught preparation and management of the perioperative environment. Previous anatomy and physiology knowledge will be applied to assist in the safe and competent perioperative care of the patient, transferring and positioning the patient for surgery, recognising and responding to changes in the patient’s clinical condition, and in caring for the patient during the emergence and recovery from anaesthesia. Students will also learn to monitor and manage potential hazards that exist within the complex technological perioperative environment.

NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self care and Professional Development
Pre-requisite: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
This unit facilitates the transition from the role of nursing student to Registered Nurse. Consideration will be given to scopes of practice, reflective practice and professional development. Students will be taught self-care strategies to support their wellbeing in the nursing profession.

NURS2027 Mental Health 2
Pre-requisites: NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
This unit examines varying types, subtypes and presentations of mental illness. This unit in particular explores high and low prevalence disorders that effect communities and impact the family and the individual, inclusive of the comorbid disorders of substance misuse. This unit further encompasses and focusses on the presentation and impact of mental illness across the lifespan and cultural groups within the community. This unit emphasises contemporary assessment treatment and options for those affected by mental illness in a variety of settings.

NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
Pre-requisites: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
Co-requisites: NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2027 Mental Health 2

This unit focuses on perioperative nursing and mental health nursing, consolidating the skills and knowledge learned in previous Professional Practice units. Students will undertake all roles within the operating theatre including instrumentation nurse, circulating nurse, anaesthetics and PACU. The mental health setting will offer experience in client counselling, mental health assessment and exposure to de-escalation strategies and pharmacology in mental health. The unit emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives and utilise reflection, clinical reasoning and feedback to assist their professional development. Students are guided in their learning by both work place mentors and a University Clinical Facilitator. Students will be expected to reflect critically on their own actions, professional development, and on the culture of nursing in these specialty settings.

NURS3027 Clinical Reasoning and Judgement
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit examines and applies clinical reasoning in the coordination and management of nursing care. The unit consolidates pre-existing knowledge and skills relating to management of patient care with specific focus on problem solving and decision making. To support this, concepts of prioritisation, ethical reasoning, and critical reflection, will be explored along with collaboration within the healthcare team.

NURS3028 Transition to Practice 2 - Contemporary Nursing
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit analyses the professional identity of nursing and thus key issues will be considered including nursing theories, social, cultural and political factors that influence the development, representation, and identity of nursing.

NURS3029 Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit provides students with foundational knowledge in Paediatric and Adolescent Health. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills to provide holistic care with an appreciation of the impact of the environment on paediatric and adolescent health, as well as the promotion of paediatric and adolescent health, wellness, and injury prevention.

NURS3030 Aboriginal Health
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples comprise around 3% of the total Australian population but they experience a disproportionately high health, social, and economic disadvantage compared to the non-aboriginal population. This unit will enable students to understand complex health issues of Aboriginal Australians. Students will link Australian Aboriginal history and intergenerational trauma to present day health disadvantage enabling them to plan compassionate, holistic and culturally sensitive care.

NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit provides experience in acute surgical setting. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions and providing rationales to support decision making. Students utilise advanced wound management techniques, pharmacological management of post-operative symptoms, and frequent physical assessment and observation in managing the care of the surgical patient. The experience gained from this unit is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to pre and post-surgical patients. The unit emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives, and utilise reflection and feedback to assist professional development and clinical reasoning skills.

NURS3032 Nursing Care 5 - Critical Care
Pre-requisite: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
The unit is designed to give the student nurse an introduction to the complexities of critical care nursing. The unit will look at nursing attitudes, knowledge and skills required in the overall recognition and management of the acutely unwell and critically ill patient. It will discuss the nurse’s role in relation to meeting the physiological, psychological and social needs of patients and families within the realm of critical illness.

NURS3033 Transition to Practice 3 - Leadeship and Management
Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
This unit will develop understanding of management in healthcare and the role of the nurse as a manager. It will provide an introduction to contemporary theories and attributes of effective nurse leaders. The importance of organisational culture on quality patient outcomes will be addressed in this unit.

NURS3034 Primary Health Care
Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
This unit develops understanding of primary health care and the role of the community nurse. It explores community development, liaison, and, advocacy in relation to community nursing practice. Students will be taught concepts related to health promotion, health education and disease prevention.

NURS3035 Professional Practice 6
Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
Co-requisites: NURS3032 Nursing Care 5 - Critical Care

Professional Practice 6 provides experience in acute and community nursing settings. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions and assessments and providing rationales to support decision making. Students achieve a level of independence in all clinical competency assessments in the acute medical/surgical, mental health, and community nursing setting. The experience gained from this unit is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to patients. The unit emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives, and utilise reflection and feedback.

NURS3036 Rural and Remote Health
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
The role of the nurse in rural and remote Australia requires a skilled practitioner able to deliver healthcare across diverse cultural and social groups, often in challenging circumstances. This unit introduces students to the discipline of rural and remote nursing. Students develop an understanding of the discipline of rural and remote nursing, and the impact this has on rural healthcare delivery. This includes an understanding of relevant aspects of rural and remote health care including geographic location and accessibility, community profiling, social determinants of health, accessing resources, and culture and lifestyle preferences.

NURS3038 Maternal Care
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit introduces students to roles of the Registered Nurse and the Registered Midwife in caring for women across the pregnancy childbirth continuum. Students gain an understanding of the physiological, psychological and social needs of healthy and vulnerable women and babies. Evaluation of research studies that underpin best practice in maternity care, enables students to plan woman centred care for childbearing women and their newborns.

NURS3039 Advanced Mental Health
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
In this unit students examine contemporary trends and practice in delivering mental health care to extend the knowledge base provided by initial mental health units. Treatment care options and collaboration within community and hospital settings are explored. External influences on mental health and illness will also be considered with a focus on promotion, prevention and early intervention.

NURS3040 Advanced Wound Care
Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
This unit builds on skills developed in the first and second year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Students engage with and apply complex conceptual and procedural knowledge surrounding wound prevention, assessment and management. Content will stress the importance of utilising tools and developing documentation pathways to provide direction for evidence-based treatment decisions and evaluation of the healing process. Students learn to develop holistic care plans for successful outcomes for complex wounds and complications using advanced management strategies.