Bachelor of Health Science / Master of Nursing – BUHSCNUR2000

Bachelor of Health Sciences / Master of Nursing

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Code BUHSCNUR2000: Full-time, 4 years

Year 1 (first offered 2014)

Semester 1
BIOL1003 Human Biology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Osu Lilje Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: Two 1-hour lectures per week (three lectures in some weeks), one 3-hour practical class per fortnight, one 2-hour workshop per fortnight, 6-9 hours of online activities per fortnight. Prohibitions: BIOL1903, BIOL1993. Assumed knowledge: HSC Biology, however, students who have not completed HSC biology (or equivalent) are strongly advised to take the Biology Bridging Course (in February). Assessment: One 2-hour exam, assignments and tests (100%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study provides an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It includes an overview of cell and tissue structures, the skeletal system, nutrition, digestion and excretion. Human Biology looks at how our bodies respond to environmental stimuli with respect to the endocrine, nervous and immune systems. After discussion of reproduction and development, it concludes with an overview of modern studies in human genetics. This unit has four main components: lectures, practicals, workshops and HB Online activities; this unit of study provides a suitable foundation for intermediate biology units of study.
Textbooks
Van Putte, C., Regan, J. and Russo, A. (2011) Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, McGraw Hill.The edition comes with a custom publication of:Mader, S.S. (2006) Human Biology, 11th edition, McGraw Hill. (Chapters 19, 24, 26)
HSBH1006 Foundations of Health Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Steven Cumming Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and eLearning online learning support. Assessment: Tutorial attendance, presentation (25%), integrative essay (25%) and 2hr final exam (50%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This is an introductory unit for students entering the health sciences. This unit aims to expose students to a range of definitions of health, and key concepts in health and health systems. Students will develop a range of core skills and competencies needed in the study and practice of health sciences and a basis for work practice in the health system or for postgraduate study. Topics include: what is health; how is health status classified; biomedical, psychological and sociological aspects of health and health care; what 'should' a health care system do; how do we measure health status in an individual, a community and a nation? An integrated sciences model of health care is explored which covers different domains of health, including biological, behavioural, socio-cultural and environmental.
PSYC1001 Psychology 1001

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caleb Owens Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus 1 hour per week of additional web-based (self-paced) material related to the tutorial. Assessment: One 2.5hr exam, one 1000w essay, multiple tutorial tests, experimental participation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Psychology 1001 is a general introduction to the main topics and methods of psychology, and is the basis for advanced work as well as being of use to those not proceeding with the subject. Psychology 1001 covers the following areas: science and statistics in psychology; behavioural neuroscience; applied psychology; social psychology; personality theory; human development.
This unit is also offered in the Sydney Summer School. For more information consult the website:
http://sydney.edu.au/summer_school/
Textbooks
Course Coordinator will advise
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PSYC1002 Psychology 1002

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caleb Owens Session: Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: Three 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus 1 hour per week of additional web-based (self-paced) material related to the tutorial. Assessment: One 2.5 hour exam, one 1250 word research report, multiple tutorial tests, experimental participation (100%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Psychology 1002 is a further general introduction to the main topics and methods of psychology, and it is the basis for advanced work as well as being of use to those not proceeding with the subject. Psychology 1002 covers the following areas: human mental abilities; learning, motivation and emotion; visual perception; cognitive processes; abnormal psychology.
This unit is also offered in the Sydney Summer School. For more information consult the web site:
http://sydney.edu.au/summer_school/
Textbooks
Course Coordinator will advise
One elective [6] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
HSBH1008 Health Determinants and Interventions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Toni Schofield Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial /week Assessment: Multiple choice test (15% ), essay test (15%), individual tutorial presentation (10%), tutorial discussion contribution (20% ) and essay (40%). Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Health Determinants will introduce students to the major Australian and international patterns of health and well being as measured and reported by the leading national and global health agencies, and the main social factors associated with these trends. It will explore the social, cultural and environmental processes involved in determining the similarities and disparities in the health of populations and peoples, drawing primarily on sociological approaches. Students will be introduced to a repertoire of key concepts for understanding these processes including class, gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, racism, ageing, the state, discourse, globalisation, and embodiment. Initiatives to promote preventable hospitalisation and increased health and wellbeing within and across population groups will be examined, particularly those proposed by the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
HSBH1009 Health Care Resources and Systems

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Stephanie Short Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and eLearning online learning support. Assessment: Assignment (30%), team project (30%) and final exam (40%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit comprises three modules: first, we explore the organisation and structure of the Australian health care system in an international context. Then students will analyse health policy within an analytical framework that incorporates four perspectives on health policy: economic, political science; sociological and epidemiological. The third module outlines for students the main approaches to health promotion, with a consideration of implications for policies, services and advocacy.
Textbooks
Palmer, G. R., & Short, S. D. (2010). Health care and public policy: An Australian analysis (4th ed.). South Yarra, VIC: Palgrave Macmillan.
Two electives [12] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2 (last offered 2014)

Semester 1
NURS5002 Social Contexts of Health

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 5x2-hr tutorials Assessment: essay (40%), and group work (10%) and exam (50%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Ideas and beliefs about health, illness and care are intrinsically connected to particular social and historical contexts. This unit of study explores a range of such ideas and beliefs that are relevant within Australia today. A focus on social, cultural and philosophical theories of embodiment will help students to understand how proper relations to bodily products are a part of ordering of society and relevant for critical analyses of beliefs and ideas about health, illness, wellbeing and care. A major component of this unit is Indigenous Australian people's health and history, including their understandings of health and wellbeing. The unit also explores theories about health, illness and care from western and non-western perspectives. Drawing on such theories, a major component of the unit is a critical analysis of the relationships between social factors (for example ethnicity, gender, class, employment) and patterns of health and illness across the lifespan in contemporary Australia.
NURS5081 Introduction to Nursing Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 2x2-hr labs/week, clinical placements Assessment: practice development portfolio (60%), exam (40%), clinical performance appraisal, and completion of OH&S mastery quiz Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
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.
One BHlthSci Senior elective [6] (see note 1)
Elective [6] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
NURS5006 Illness Experience and Nursing Care

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 13x1.5-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5081 Assessment: essay (45%) and nurse-patient interaction/relationship skills (10%) and written examination (45%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical assessment Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The ways in which individual people subjectively experience illness and care, particularly nursing care, is the focus of this unit of study. The unit firstly examines theories that inform understandings of what it means to be human, including theories of early childhood development. The unit also introduces students to qualitative research methodologies that are used to explore illness experiences. Many different illness experiences are then examined. Attention is drawn to such factors as emotions arising in illness, issues of self identity, embodiment, and social attitudes to illness and disability. With this knowledge about illness experiences in mind, the nurse-patient relationship is then critically examined. From within a communication-based framework, students focus on ideas about therapeutic listening and use of self as well as the concept of knowledge transfer as it is relevant to nurse-patient interactions. Students also engage with contemporary debates about the nature of nurse-patient interactions and relationships today and explore the ways in which these might vary in different health care settings, and with people from different cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous people.
NURS5086 Drug Therapy, Disease & Nursing Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 6x2-hr tutorials Prerequisites: NURS5083 or BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or NURS6001 Assessment: essay (25%), tutorial report (25%) and written examination (50%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The knowledge acquired in Bioscience in Health about the cellular and systemic organisation and normal functioning of the human body will be used as a foundation for this unit of study. Basic cellular changes associated with disease processes such as inflammation, infection, neoplasia, thrombosis, ischaemia, haemodynamic disturbance and disturbances of neuro and hormonal transmission will be explored. Pharmacological interventions aimed at restoring or replacing the function of specific cells, tissues or organs affected by these pathological changes will be considered.
One BHlthSci Senior elective [6] (see note 1)
Elective [6] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 3

Semester 1
NURS5082 Developing Nursing Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 12x2-hr laboratory, 6x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Corequisites: NURS5081 Assessment: essay - case study (40%), and written examination (50%) and clinical performance appraisal (10%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical performance Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study complements Introduction to Nursing Practice and further develops the understanding of the exercise of clinical judgement in practice and the role of nursing in assisting those experiencing hospitalisation. Such assistance includes but is not limited to: maintenance of appropriate fluid status, infection control, oral medications, effective levels of oxygenation and pain relief. This knowledge will be extended to incorporate the experience of caring for patients when the body fails to function as expected, particularly where surgery is required. This unit of study will further develop skills in physical assessment, communication, and documentation.
NURS5083 Human Bioscience in Health

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week (3 lectures in weeks 1 and 11), 1x3-hr/week practical class Prohibitions: NURS6001 Assessment: on-line test (15%), bioscience workbook (35%) and written examination (50%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study will examine various biological processes to assist students in developing their understanding of human cellular structure and function and the contribution this makes to body functions in health. The major body systems and following physiological concepts will be addressed within the context of neuro-hormonal regulation, and the body's maintenance of a general state of homeostasis: Oxygenation, metabolism, elimination, movement, pH & fluid-electrolyte balance, immunity & reproduction.
One BHlthSci Senior elective [6] (see note 1)
Elective [6] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
NURS5084 Nursing the Acutely Ill Person

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 13x2-hr labs, 6x2-hr tutorials, and clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5081 and NURS5082 Assessment: poster presentation (15%), essay (25%), satisfactory medication assessment, written examination (50%), clinical performance appraisal (10%) and satisfactory clinical performance Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study complements Illness Experience and Nursing Care, focusing on the responses of individuals and others to disruption to health. This unit of study aims to address issues surrounding acute nursing practices for various patients with common health care needs. Nursing practices associated with: the restoration and maintenance of oxygenation, ventilation and circulation; metabolism and elimination; consciousness and regulation; and movement and protection, are expanded upon using the framework for practice thinking. A life span approach will be used throughout with a focus on how diseases manifest and are treated differently as they occur at different life stages. In this unit of study students will further develop comprehensive health assessment skills and their understandings of accurate medication administration.
NURS5085 Mental Health Nursing Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 13x2-hr lectures, 13x2-hr tutorials, 2x2.5-hr workshops and clinical placements Corequisites: NURS5084 Assessment: case study essay (40%), written examination (50%), clinical skills assessment (10%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical performance Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study is based on the principle that mental health knowledge and skills are essential for all nurses. Students are introduced to constructs of mental health and wellbeing and mental illness and the role of the nurse in promoting mental health, preventing mental illness and minimising the negative effects of the latter for individuals, their family/carers and the community. Consumer and carer perspectives will inform students' understandings of mental health problems as experienced by children, young people and adults, including older persons, of varying cultural and gender backgrounds. These problems are explored in view of the latest evidence for risk/protective factors, symptomatology, nursing care, and psychotherapeutic and physical treatment approaches. Co-morbidities, including substance use and physical health conditions, will also be explored. The nurse's effective use of self and the therapeutic nurse/client interpersonal relationship as core mental health nursing skills are addressed from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will develop and consolidate key mental health assessment and clinical skills including foundation counselling skills. The care continuum in mental health, and the scope of nursing practice in a range of mental health and ethico-legal contexts are addressed with the overall aim of generating nursing care that supports effective outcomes for mental health consumers and their family/carers.
One BHlthSci Senior elective [6] (see note 1)
Elective [6] (see note 2)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4

Semester 1
NURS6008 Inquiry and Research in Nursing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 9x2-hr lectures Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Assessment: critical literature review (40%), mini-poster (20%), research roundtable (5%) and written examination (35%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Teaching for this unit of study starts in February before the commencement of the semester. Students will be notified of specific dates during second semester in the year prior.
This unit of study will extend students' ability to utilise research in their nursing practice and understand research approaches that have proved successful for improving nursing practice(s) and patient care. Students will develop skills and knowledge appropriate to working in a research-informed manner, identifying areas where research could enhance practice and generate knowledge, and using this in their professional role in assessing research relevant to their professional practice. This unit of study will provide students with the tools to appreciate the process of inquiry, and the methods used to construct nursing knowledge and provide evidence for practice. The ability to differentiate between these various modes of inquiry and the appropriateness of their use in the investigation of nursing practice will be developed. Students will have become familiar with the contemporary literature on knowledge translation, utilisation and transfer. Students will have the opportunity to critique the contribution of research to informing nursing practice and healthcare. Throughout the unit students will gain knowledge and experience of literature reviews, critiquing studies, research ethics and governance, and the factors that guide the development of a research project.
NURS6018 Care and Chronic Conditions

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 6x2-hr lectures, 6x2-hr labs, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Corequisites: NURS6019 Assessment: family practicum e-portfolio and record of attendance (30%), written examination (60%), clinical performance appraisal (10%), off-campus clinical assessments Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study addresses nursing practices designed to meet the needs of individuals and families who are either living with long-term health conditions or terminal illness. A lifespan approach, childhood to old age, will provide an overview. An emphasis is placed on an holistic approach to nursing care irrespective of setting. Continuity of care provision between hospital and community is emphasised using a case management model of care. The dynamics of self management for persons living with chronic conditions will be highlighted. Common chronic conditions in the Australian population will be identified together with their lifestyle and biomedical risk factors. Mental health issues will be addressed where appropriate, and chronic pain, its impact and management will be discussed as many chronic conditions have pain as a component. Co-morbidities, particularly within the care of elderly persons, will be explored. The importance of community engagement in addressing issues associated with chronic conditions in Indigenous communities will be studied. Palliative nursing skills will be a focus, including symptom management and psychosocial care which facilitate a peaceful death.
NURS6019 High Acuity Nursing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 6x2-hr lectures, 6x2-hr labs, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Corequisites: NURS6018 Assessment: written examination (50%), essay (35%), online activity: reflection on practice (5%) and clinical performance appraisal (10%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical performance Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study primarily addresses nursing practices and interventions designed to meet the needs of seriously or critically ill people being nursed in high acuity settings. It explores the high acuity environment and the technological monitoring devices that can be used to assist in the management of these acutely ill patients. It builds on knowledge and capabilities developed in Nursing the Acutely Ill Person. The unit explores (through the use of case studies) acute life threatening health problems such as interruptions to circulation, neurological functioning and respiratory function. In this context, specific clinical situations will be explored, such as the emergency presentation of a woman experiencing potentially life threatening complications of pregnancy and the rapid deterioration of the adult, elderly adult, Indigenous or paediatric patient. An important component of this unit of study is the understanding of nursing assessment and management required when caring for patients with rapidly changing clinical conditions.
NURS6023 Professional Practice of Nursing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, two study days Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Assessment: essay (45%) and professional e-portfolio (25%) and poster presentation (30%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Teaching for this unit of study starts in February before the commencement of the semester. Students will be notified of specific dates during second semester in the year prior.
This unit of study examines key relevant parts of the four elements of the regulation of health care professionals, using nursing as the example. The four elements are:
1. Registration; including continuing competence and professional portfolios, life-long learning and currency and recency of practice
2. Education; including accreditation of programs
3. Professional standards; including codes of professional conduct and ethics, standards for registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives and nurse practitioners, professional boundaries, legal frameworks for practice and decision making frameworks; and
4. Professional competence; including conduct, health and performance.
The unit will explore the key elements of this framework in relation to the professional practice of nurses and will enable the student to understand their legal and ethical framework for professional practice and the regulatory environment they will enter upon registration. The unit will focus particularly on providing a helpful frame of reference for the student that will give them the confidence to practise within a professional framework and the resources to access should professional issues arise.
This unit is also designed to assist students prepare for making the transition into the workforce and to understand current practice and professional issues, particularly those relevant to leadership and management.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
NURS6004 Nursing and the Politics of Health Care

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 6x2-hr lectures, 4x2-hr tutorials Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Assessment: essay (40%), tutorial presentation (15%) and written examination (45%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study critically analyses the Australian health-care system, with an emphasis on its structure, funding arrangements, and the ways in which it is influenced by contemporary ideologies and economic and political factors. The unit focuses on current political issues and debates (including those concerning nursing) and the ways in which these affect health policy and the delivery of care in Australia and elsewhere, as well as on issues of access and equity and resource allocation. The Australian health care system is compared with other OECD country systems to help students to think critically about the effectiveness of the Australian system in global terms.
NURS6022 Community Health Nursing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019 Assessment: community profile (10%) and essay (40%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical record and written examination (50%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study examines the major concepts and principles of community health nursing including self care, continuity of care, primary health care, health promotion/illness prevention, community assessment, family assessment, and home care. Increasingly complex and chronic health conditions are being managed in the community. Approaches to the provision of nursing care for people of all ages with acute, chronic, or life threatening illness in settings where they live will be critiqued. Particular attention is given to the home visit process: its therapeutic nature, communication skills and safety issues. The nurse's role in health promotion and disease prevention within a developmental life stage approach will be explored with special consideration given to children and adolescents.
Epidemiological concepts and methodologies integral to community health nursing are explored. Students undertake a community assessment using a 'community profile' approach. This approach will be extended to explore and plan for the health needs of communities who experience health disparities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people living with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disabilities, minority cultural groups, and the homeless. Community clinical placements afford students the opportunity to consolidate and integrate theoretical knowledge and community nursing practice.
NURS6024 Global Health and Nursing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 Assessment: written report (50%), written examination (40%) and group tutorial presentation (10%) Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study explores the emerging role of nurses as global citizens and the role of the profession in its global context. The ways in which individual and local nursing activities may impact on global health and sustainability will be explored through examination of some of the current debates. Analyses of demographic trends surrounding newly emerging and re-emerging major physical and mental health issues will be examined. The unit will also focus on the integration of non-western and western approaches to providing care, the related issue of knowledge translation in developing countries, and international nurse migration patterns and associated ethical issues.
Students will be encouraged to think critically about the way forward for nursing as a profession through an examination of past and current interventions such as Human Rights, Primary Health Care and Millennium Development Goals, along with a focus on the organisations tasked with the responsibility of implementation such as UN, WHO, UNESCO and UNDP together with the Nursing and Midwifery international organisations such as ICN and ICM. Concepts and initiatives that have proven effective in achieving more sustainable outcomes such as health promoting settings and global health reform will be explored as possible strategies for achieving sustainability.
and one of the following electives:
NURS6025 Nursing Practice (Mental Health Option)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019 Assessment: discussion paper (40%), group presentation (20%), mental health consumer experience report (40%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical assessment Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a mental health nursing environment. It provides students with an opportunity to extend and develop their understandings of mental health problems and practices and explore a range of complex mental health issues in further depth. The needs of special populations are a particular focus. These include perinatal mental health, infant, child and adolescent mental health issues, mental health issues affecting the older person, and the mental health of incarcerated and displaced persons. The relationship between trauma and mental health and the impact of violence and trauma on mental health is also explored.
Therapeutic and complementary/alternative approaches to mental health are an associated focus and students will have the opportunity to extend their understandings of specific approaches in respect to individual and group implementation. The unit also assists in preparing students for an extended clinical placement in mental health in the final semester of the program.
NURS6026 Nursing Practice (Paediatric Option)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019 Assessment: clinical project outline (20%), tutorial presentation (20%), clinical project written assessment (60%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical assessment Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a paediatric nursing environment. It will examine the integration of theoretical and clinical components of nursing knowledge to enable the provision of care to children and adolescents. Building on all of the units previously undertaken, the responses of children and adolescents and their families to disruptions to health will be explored. Using those illnesses commonly found in our community, the experiences of illness and how these illnesses impact on children, adolescents, families and communities will be examined. The family, however defined, will remain as the central organising frame through which parenting, childhood and adolescence will be further examined, and a developmental life stage approach will be maintained. This unit of study will include accident prevention and actions to enhance health. Throughout this unit of study cultural and Indigenous health practices and their potential implications for the care provided in these situations will be considered.
NURS6027 Nursing Practice (High Acuity Option)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019 Assessment: essay (40%), essay (60%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical component Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a high acuity nursing environment. It provides students with the opportunity to examine the theoretical and professional aspects of critical care nursing practice. The unit will build on the work of High Acuity Nursing to specifically focus on nursing practices for patients with an increased dependence on nursing support in a critical care environment. This unit will foster the development of specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable students to understand the needs of critically ill patients. The legal and ethical constraints and frameworks in which critical care nursing practice is conducted will also be explored. A period of off-campus clinical education within an appropriate critical care setting is also included, for example, intensive care, high dependency or coronary care units or emergency departments.
NURS6028 Nursing Practice (Clinical Nursing Opt)

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements Prerequisites: NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and NURS5083 and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019 Assessment: learning contract proposal (30%), final contract contribution (60%), online reflective journal (10%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical placement Campus: Mallett Street Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a clinical nursing environment. It provides students with an opportunity to consolidate prior learning, and expand their knowledge base and nursing practice expertise across a variety of health care settings. Attention will be extended in areas such as aged care, palliative care, and the adult person experiencing surgery or medical illness. The framework of the nursing practice thinking cycle will be used to guide the teaching and learning strategies, while each phase of the cycle will be addressed in detail as related to specific contexts in a range of clinical settings. Elements of care will include, for example, patient education, pain management, models of care, quality use of medications, consumer advocacy and other interventions to restore or maintain patients' /clients' physical and psychosocial health.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Notes
1. A list of available BHlthSci Senior units of study can be found in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Pass) table.
2. Electives may be chosen from units of study available throughout the University, subject to approval, availability and minimum enrolment. A list of electives available in the Faculty of Health Sciences is included in Faculty Electives chapter of the handbook.
3. See academic advisor, for advice on Nursing electives.