Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies)

NURS1001 Health and Human Biology

Credit points: 6
Semester: 1
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: lectures 13x2hours and workshops 8x2hours
Assessment: online test (20%), human biology workbook site visit (30%) and written examination (50%)
Campus: Mallett Street

This unit of study is designed to provide students with an introductory level understanding of the concepts related to human anatomy and physiology. The unit will focus on the major body organ systems and the interrelationship between these systems. The integration of the body organ systems will provide a basis to explore processes fundamental to health, including oxygenation, metabolism, elimination, movement, neuro-endocrine regulation, protection, and reproduction. The key physiological processes of each body organ system will be explored using the principle of homeostasis to develop a beginner's level understanding of compensatory mechanisms that may occur during alterations of physiological function and illness. This will provide students with a foundational basis with which to understand more complex physiological alterations and pathophysiology later in the degree.

NURS1002 Health Assessment

Credit points: 6
Semester: 1
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 13x2hr lectures, 6x2hr tutorials, 12x2hr labs, clinical placements
Assessment: online activities (15%), written exam (50%), on-campus clinical practice package e-portfolio (25%), on-campus clinical performance appraisal/video assessment (10%) and off-campus clinical placement
Campus: Mallett Street

Health assessment of individuals, families and groups is the foundation of accurate nursing judgements, and is a process that occurs with each nurse-patient encounter. It represents the first step of the practice thinking framework which will be introduced in this unit of study. The student will be introduced to the theoretical and practice aspects of health assessment and how assessment assists in making clinical judgements that form the basis for planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care. Processes to collect physiological, psychosocial, developmental, sociocultural and spiritual data, in both objective and subjective forms will be discussed and students' skills in the use of health assessment tools developed.

NURS1003 Population Health to Personal Health Care

Credit points: 6
Semester: 1
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 13x2hr lectures, 7x2hr tutorials
Assessment: statistical report (40%), group presentation (20%) and examination (40%)
Campus: Mallett Street

The student will gain an understanding of environmental, biological and socioeconomic determinants of the health and wellbeing of populations. The students' understanding of these determinants will be facilitated by an introduction to epidemiology and its role and function in relation to the new public health. Students will critically reflect on population health data that identifies issues of access, social inclusion and equity within Australian society. A detailed analysis of population behaviours and the determinants that can have an impact on their behaviours, health and wellbeing will be undertaken during the unit of study. Public health helps to establish need and assists in analyses of the impact of health interventions. As such, epidemiological data provides a major resource to guide evidence-based practice. How epidemiological data provides public health analysts with an evidence base to explain population level health, and healthcare ractitioners with knowledge that can inform the care provided at a personal level, will be discussed. Students will also gain insight into the challenges that face practitioners who need to translate population health information into appropriate individualised healthcare plans. Students will explore the co-relationships between public health, primary care, primary healthcare, health promotion and ultimately personal healthcare.

NURS1004 Nursing Knowledge, Practice and Policy

Credit points: 6
Semester: 1
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 13x2hr lectures, 5x2hr tutorials and 4x2hr labs
Assessment: online activity (10%), essay/report/poster (30%), written examination (50%) and clinical practice appraisal (10%)
Campus: Mallett Street

This unit explores the discipline of nursing from historical, philosophical, theoretical and contemporary perspectives. It aims to cultivate knowing and mindful action in nursing practice by introducing students to the Framework for Practice Thinking and person-centred nursing. The unit of study will also provide students with a toolkit of fundamental nursing practice and communication skills applicable across the lifespan, and for acknowledging diversity within different cultural groups.

NURS1005 Interruptions to Normal Physiology

Credit points: 6
Semester: 2
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 9x2hr lectures and 9x2hr tutorials
Prerequisites: NURS1001
Assessment: concept map (25%), written assessment/project (35%) and concept map – clinical example (40%)
Campus: Mallett Street

This unit of study will provide students with a contextual link between human physiology and alterations to physiological processes and pathophysiological phenomena encountered in patients in clinical settings. This will involve further exploration of the homeostatic control of body processes and how compensatory mechanisms are manifest in patients. The topics of oxygenation, protection, metabolism, neuro-endocrine regulation, and elimination will be explored in the context of disease and disorders associated with these processes. This will extend students' understandings of complex physiological alterations and pathophysiology.

NURS1006 Understanding Experiences of Illness

Credit points: 6
Semester: 2
Prerequisite: NURS1002
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 9x2hr lectures and 9x2hr tutorials, clinical placement
Assessment: experience of illness activity part a (10%), experience of illness activity part b (45%), written examination (45%) and off-campus clinical assessment
Campus: Mallett Street

This unit focuses on the different ways in which individuals subjectively experience health, illness and care. The unit explores meanings of health and distinguishes between illness and disease. Theories that inform our understandings of what it is to be human are examined including, subjectivity, embodiment and the development of emotions across the lifespan. Attention is drawn to factors arising in illness and disability, such as issues of self-identity and embodiment in illness and social attitudes to illness, and how these impact on the individual experience. With this knowledge in mind, the nurse-patient relationship is critically examined within a person-centred framework of care. Trust and vulnerability are critically examined as a component of this relationship. Central to this framework is communication, engagement and therapeutic listening, and students will explore these aspects of their nurse-patient relationships and consider how these may vary in different healthcare settings and with people of different cultural backgrounds and different ethical positions.

NURS1007 Health Research

Credit points: 6
Semester: 2
Delivery mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Classes: 9x2hr lectures and 9x2hr tutorials
Assessment: tutorial worksheets (15%), written paper (50%) and examination (35%)
Campus: Mallett Street

This unit of study builds on the understandings developed in Population Health to Personal Healthcare and develops students understanding of research within a health and healthcare setting. Research plays a significant role in advancing nursing theory and practice. An understanding of the relationship between research and evidence for practice is based on developing a foundational knowledge of the context, the process, and the application of research to health and healthcare. Students will explore these dimensions of research in health, developing their research skills and knowledge in all other units of study in this course.

NURS1008 Acute Care Nursing Practice

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Classes: 9x2hr lectures, 4x2hr tutorials, 9x2hr clinical labs and clinical placement
Prerequisites: NURS1002
Assessment: online activity (10%), case study or essay (35%), written examination (45%), on-campus clinical practice appraisal (10%) and off-campus clinical placement
Campus: Mallett Street
Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This unit of study will examine the integration of theoretical and clinical components of nursing knowledge to enable the provision of care to acutely ill patients. From a person-centred care perspective the responses of individuals and their families to an acute disruption in health will be explored. The content of this unit relates to medical/surgical nursing and focuses on the themes of disruptions to health, the impact of illness and surgery, the process of nursing care, especially in the peri-operative phase for individuals and their families, based on an evidence-based approach to nursing care. Legislation and legal responsibilities and nursing actions in relation to treatment, surgery and medication administration are also examined in this unit.

NURS2001 Introduction to Pharmacology

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Prerequisites: NURS1001, NURS1005
Assessment: Written drug information 2000 words (30%); Complete class work book (20%); Exam – 2 hours (50%)
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (10 x 2 hours); Clinical Laboratories (2 x 2 hours)

This introductory unit of Pharmacology will be taught jointly by the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Science, Sydney Medical School and Sydney Nursing School. From the lecture content students will develop an understanding of drug action,
the relationship between molecular structure and drug activity, drug metabolism and dosage and some therapeutic uses of drugs. In addition, through tutorials and clinical laboratory sessions, students will be provided with an opportunity to apply the underlying principles of pharmacology to their nursing practice by learning to search evidence-based drug information sources for relevant information; apply and integrate the evidence-based pharmacological information to simple case studies in ways which optimise safe medication management; and calculate dosage adjustments accurately. Students will learn about the legal and professional requirements associated with the quality use of medicines in nursing practice.

NURS2002 Child and Adolescent Health and Care

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Prerequisites: NURS1008
Assessment: Group presentation (20%); Assignment (40%); Exam (40%); Clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (6 x 2 hours); Clinical Laboratories (4 x 2 hours)

This unit of study introduces students to children and young peoples’ nursing. Essential skills and knowledge for paediatric, child and youth health nursing across a variety of clinical and community settings will prepare students for critical thinking and problem solving within this field. The unit emphasises contemporary issues impacting on the health of children, young people, and their families and students will have the opportunity to examine interventions and strategies aimed at improving health outcomes.

NURS2003 Contexts of Health and Disease

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Assessment: Group work (15%); Essay (40%); Exam (45%); Clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (6 x 2 hours)

This unit of study builds on the first year unit, Population Health to Personal Healthcare. It examines in more depth a range of social determinants of health that are relevant in the Australian context and also internationally. It explores global health and disease issues as they relate to natural disasters, national and international conflicts, the spread of infectious diseases, and the migrations of large numbers of people across national borders, including refugees and asylum seekers. The unit also focuses on the health-related experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Contemporary ideas and beliefs about health and illness in Australia will be critically examined, including western and non-western approaches. The theories that underpin systems of care will be explored. The use of complementary and alternative medicines in Australia will be critically examined. Finally, students will explore theoretical perspectives on caring for people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, particularly focusing on nursing care in Australia.

NURS2004 Understanding Mental Health and Illness

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Assessment: Reflection Activty 1000–1200 wds (25%); Case study 1500 wds (35%); Exam 2 hrs (40%); off-campus clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (10 x 2 hours)

This unit is the first of two mental health nursing units in the program and is based on the principle that mental health knowledge and skills are essential for all nurses, regardless of their health care setting. The unit is underpinned by an evidence-based holistic understanding of mental health and illness. The unit aim is to introduce students to constructs of mental health and wellbeing and mental illness and to the nurse’s role in promoting mental health, preventing mental illness and minimising the negative effects of illness for individuals, family/carers and the community. Students will explore and develop core mental health nursing values, skills and knowledge during the unit. Consumer and carer perspectives will inform students’ understandings of mental health and mental health problems as experienced across the lifespan by children, young people and adults, and older persons of varying cultural and gendered backgrounds. Mental health problems are explored with respect to the latest evidence for risk/protective factors, symptomatology, comorbidities, nursing care, and psychotherapeutic and physical treatment approaches. The nurse’s effective use of self and the therapeutic nurse/client interpersonal relationship as core mental health nursing skills are addressed from theoretical and practical perspectives. Students will develop key mental health assessment and clinical nursing skills. The scope of nursing practice is addressed in a range of mental health and ethico-legal contexts with the overall aim of generating nursing care that supports effective outcomes for mental health consumers and their family/carers.

NURS2005 Pharmacology, People and Practice

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Introduction to Pharmacology
Assessment: Case study, group work 2500 wds (10%); Essay 2000 wds (30%); Exam 2 hrs (60%)
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (6 x 2 hours)

This unit will be taught jointly by the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Science, Sydney Medical School and Sydney Nursing School. Students will develop an understanding of how drugs affect the body in health and disease. The main themes for the unit include how they are discovered and developed and how they work in the central nervous system. Drug treatment of common illnesses such as hay-fever, peptic ulcer and asthma will be discussed along with the use of recreational drugs and some of their associated problems. Students will be provided with an opportunity to apply the underlying principles of pharmacology to nursing practice. By integrating evidence-based pharmacological knowledge to case studies they will learn to optimise safe medication management.

NURS2006 Ageing, Health and Care

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Acute Care Nursing Practice
Assessment: Group work (15%); Essay 3000 wds (40%); Exam 2 hrs (45%); Off-campus clinical appraisal
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Tutorials (6 x 2 hours); Clinical Laboratories (6 X 2 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours)

This unit of study is designed to take a broad view of ageing across the adult lifespan. The person-centred philosophy of care is incorporated into this unit to examine the relationship between ageing, health and care. The experience of ageing is explored from multidimensional views, including biological, physiological, social and cultural perspectives. This unit also discusses demographic transition, impact on the population profile, psychosocial and behavioural aspects of ageing and their influence on health and wellbeing. Common ageing problems and current epidemiological trends, nationally and internationally, will be examined. A focus on health priorities to address changing needs of an ageing population will also be discussed in this unit. Healthy ageing is an important goal for Australian society and the global population. The unit will also explore perspectives on healthy and successful ageing, and consider the value of health education and health promotion for older people and the relevance of a primary health approach, as well as the role of nurses in relation to these.

HSBH3001 Health and Indigenous Populations

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Waived for Sydney Nursing School students;
Population Health to Personal Healthcare
Assessment: Interpersonal relationship paper 1500–1750 wds (30%); Intervention Plan 2500–3000 wds (50%); therapeutic skills assessment (20%); Off-campus clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Clinical workshops (10 X 2 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours)

This unit of study, taught by the Faculty of Health Sciences, aims to provide students with an insight into and respect for Indigenous perspectives on health and health care. This unit also explores established theories about health and illness from western and non-western perspectives. The complexity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in rural, remote and urban contexts in Australia will be explored. Health of other Indigenous populations outside Australia and their complexities provides a global focus across several cultures.

NURS2007 Clinical Practice in Mental Health

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Understanding Mental Health & Illness
Corequisite: Pharmacology, People & Practice
Assessment: Interpersonal relationship paper 1500–1750 wds (30%); Intervention Plan 2500–3000 wds (50%); therapeutic skills assessment (20%); Off-campus clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 x 2 hours); Clinical workshops (10 X 2 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours)

This practice-focused unit is the second mental health nursing unit in the program, and extends the foundation knowledge and skills gained in the initial mental health nursing unit. This unit provides students with an opportunity to develop their understandings of mental health problems and to explore a range of complex mental health issues across the lifespan. The needs of special populations are explored, including perinatal mental health, infant, child and adolescent mental health problems, and the mental health of older persons. Therapeutic approaches used in mental health are a particular focus and students will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills in specific individual and group evidence-based interventions. The unit aims to equip students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to offer evidence-based interventions and contribute to service developments which promote socially inclusive mental healthcare for individuals, families and communities. Holistic approaches that will be taught include recovery focused and supportive interventions to help consumers take control of their own mental health and wellbeing by providing the appropriate support and intervention and involving them in their own recovery.

NURS3007 Nursing the Critically Ill Person

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Prerequisites: Acute Care Nursing Practice
Assessment: Online activiy: Reflection on practice (5%); Essay 2000 wds (40%); Written exam 2 hour (50%); Clinical performance appraisal (5%); Off-campus clinical performance
Mode of delivery: Lectures (12); Tutorials (10 hours); Clinical placement (120 hours)

Critical care nurses provide care for patients whose clinical instability is life threatening. This unit of study introduces students to the concept of critical care nursing and the impact a critical illness has on those close to the ill or recovering person. Whilst focusing on the adult patient who is critically unstable, this unit concentrates on the nursing assessment, diagnosis and nursing interventions required in their management. Clinical application of theoretical content will include pathophysiology, pharmacology and management modalities. This unit also explores how technology can assist in the continuous monitoring of patients in these environments. It advances previously learned knowledge and clinical decision making skills gained in first and second year units of study, and in particular: Health
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, Acute Care and Nursing Practice and Pharmacology, People and Practice.

NURS3008 Community Health Nursing

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Managing Chronic Conditions
Assessment: Group presentation; Exam 2 hrs; Clinical Community profile; Clinical log book; Off-campus clinical performance
Mode of delivery: Lectures (13 X 2 hours); Tutorials (13 X 2 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours)

The focus of this unit of study is to prepare students for nursing in community settings. Over recent years acute, chronic and increasingly complex conditions are being managed in the community. Community health nursing is a field of nursing that also combines knowledge and skills from nursing and public health in the promotion of health and illness prevention. It is population orientated, contextual, involves interdisciplinary collaboration and has an emphasis on wellness and the promotion of health and wellness through client engagement in self-care. 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.

NURS3009 Leadership in Collaborative Practice

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Assessment: Briefing paper (30%); Case study report (50%); Reflective summary (20%)
Mode of delivery: Lectures (6 X 2 hours); Tutorials (6 X 2 hours)

Strong leadership in the nursing profession is integral to the delivery of quality nursing care, safe and ethical practice and the development and maintenance of consonant workplace cultures. This unit of study is the culmination of the leadership theme inherent in this degree course and is designed to provide students with a framework on which to construct their leadership development and maximise their current and future leadership potential. In constructing this framework, the unit is intentionally epistemologically and theoretically diverse, and draws on seminal works and current leadership research and knowledge from a range of disciplines. The unit aims to equip students to take initiative, create supportive and sustaining clinical environments and increase their resilience and emotional intelligence. Throughout this unit of study students will reflect on their leadership practice (and that of others) through a legal-professional-organisational lens to subsequently gain a deeper understanding of the inherent centrality of nursing leadership in the clinical practice setting and in the role of registered nurses in contemporary health care environments.

NURS3010 Managing Chronic Conditions

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Prerequisites: Ageing Healthcare
Assessment: ePortfolio (35%); Exam 2 hrs (55%); Clinical performance appraisal (10%); Off-campus clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (9 X 2 hours); Tutorials (3 X 3 hours); Clinical laboratories (3 X 2)

This unit of study focuses on the management of chronic conditions in the community and highlights the role that nurses play in supporting people who are living with such conditions. Central to the unit is self-management of chronic conditions and the principles and practices that support such management. The most common chronic conditions in Australia will be identified, their risk factors highlighted, and prevention strategies and management options explored. The unit recognises that chronic pain is a debilitating syndrome that many people live with and need to manage. Many people frequently manage multiple chronic conditions and at times need additional support, care and therapy. The management of common chronic comorbidities will be covered in this unit. The unit also recognises that for effective management of chronic conditions there is a need for strategies across multiple settings from home to acute care and sometimes to residential care, and for multiple modalities including rehabilitation and complementary therapies. Strategic discharge planning is recognized as an integral component in chronic conditions management. The role of nurses in multidisciplinary teams is investigated. The provision of spiritual caring by nurses for people living with chronic conditions is included in this unit of study. A lifespan approach is taken when discussing the occurrence of chronic conditions in the community. The overall framework of the unit of study is one of a person-centred approach to the management of chronic conditions. The chronic model of care is the health care approach.

NURS3011 First Line Intervention

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Nursing the Critically Ill Person
Assessment: Online activity: Reflection on practice (5%); Exam 2 hrs (50%); Clinical case analysis (40%); Clinical performance appraisal (5%); Off-campus clinical performance
Mode of delivery: Lectures (9 hours); Tutorials (3 hours); Clinical laboratories (4 X 2, 1 X 6 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours)

This unit of study explores, at a beginning level, the knowledge and clinical practices related to the delivery of pre hospital health services. The roles and contexts within which nurses may act as first line responders will be discussed. Students will explore clinical practices within an integrated healthcare system and consider the issues and trends that influence scope of practice and service delivery. The principles of emergency management in primary health care settings, retrieval systems and planning for the management of multiple casualties from natural, chemical or infective disasters and conflict will be investigated.

NURS3012 Life-Limiting Conditions and Palliation

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 1
Assessment: Clinical care Guideline 3000 wd online blog(45%); Exam 2 hour (55%)
Mode of delivery: Lectures (9 X 2 hours); Tutorials (6 X 2 hours)

This unit of study focuses on the meaning and management of life-limiting illness, palliation and end-of-life care. Palliative care is a concept of care that is relevant across many different health care settings. This unit will examine a palliative approach together with end-of-life care, in the community and across a variety of healthcare settings. The most common life-limiting conditions will be identified and their management options investigated. Clinical guidelines for palliation and symptom management used nationally and internationally will be examined. The role nurses play as members of the interdisciplinary health care team delivering person-centred care, and their relationships with patients, families and other members of the healthcare team are focussed on in this unit. With a lifespan approach, person-centred care and communication in managing life-limiting conditions, and the notion of dignity as a core component of the nurse’s therapeutic relationship will be explored in this unit. Dying, death, loss, grief and bereavement will also be explored within a global perspective.

NURS3013 Politics, Policy and Health

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Assessment: Debate (15%); Exam (45%); Critical essay (40%)
Mode of delivery: Lectures (6 X 2 hours); Tutorials (6 X 2 hours and 1 X 3 hours)

This unit of study takes a big-picture perspective to explore the political dimensions of health and health care in the Australian context. It focuses on the ways in which political imperatives influence conceptualisations of health and illness, and the organisation and delivery of health care. The structure and funding models of the Australian health care system are critically examined, as is the policy process and its implications for the way care is conceptualised and delivered in Australia. The unit compares the Australian system with other national health care systems to broaden the perspective and enable students to develop their understanding of how the Australian system is situated, and perceived, internationally. Workforce issues are explored, including the various roles of health care professionals and the ways in which these roles, and associated inter-professional relationships, may change over time. Throughout the unit, there is an emphasis on nursing as a critically important profession within the broader health care arena.

NURS3014 Professional Practice Experience

Credit points: 6
Session: Semester 2
Prerequisites: Nursing the Critically Ill Person; Managing Chronic Conditions; Clinical Practice in Mental Health
Assessment: ePortfolio (30%); Project 3500 wds (50%); Clinical journal and professional ePortfolio (20%); Off-campus clinical assessment
Mode of delivery: Lectures (3 X 1 hours); Tutorials (3 X 1 hours); Clinical Simulation Laboratories (6 X 2 hours); Clinical placement (80 hours) plus 80 hours optional non-metropolitan

This unit of study provides students with an opportunity to focus on a clinical area of interest, consolidate prior learning, and develop their knowledge base and nursing practice expertise. Students will be able to choose from a number of clinical areas such as aged care, palliative care, mental health, perioperative, high acuity, and paediatrics. A person-centred approach within the Framework for Practice Thinking will be used to guide the teaching and learning strategies. Using patient based scenarios the essentials of care methodology will be explored. The unit will also address student’s preparation for making the transition into the workforce by examining 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.