Introduction to Nursing Practice (NURS5081)


This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of professional nursing; "what it is and what it is not" (Nightingale, 1859) and to observe and explore the roles and relationships among nurses, patients and other health professionals in a practice setting. This unit of study will introduce physical assessment, occupational health and safety and will equip nursing students to develop a "toolkit" of fundamental nursing practice strategies and "craft" skills. This will include a focus on working with patients across the lifespan and within different cultural groups. Students will be introduced to the cycle of clinical judgement and patterns of knowing that underpin nursing practice.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 2x2-hr labs/week, clinical placements


practice development portfolio (60%), exam (40%), clinical performance appraisal, and completion of OH&S mastery quiz

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