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Unit Overview


This unit seeks to prepare students for their transition from nursing student to professional practice as a beginning-level registered nurse. In this unit, students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the course and demonstrate competence in each of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) competency standards for the registered nurse. The major focus of this unit is clinical practice, to further consolidate and build the student's knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients experiencing specific health problems, and to develop an understanding of the accountability and responsibilities of the registered nurse.

12 points

Students are able to (1) understand the importance of interprofessional healthcare delivery and demonstrate the ability to participate in interprofessional practice; (2) discuss the transition from nursing student to professional practice as a beginning registered nurse; (3) discuss the role of a preceptor and identify strategies for effective preceptorship; (4) discuss the role of palliative care and identify the interprofessional practice roles of palliative care delivery; (5) participate in the care delivery of basic symptom control for the palliative care patient/client; (6) demonstrate analytical skills by incorporating the theoretical principles of clinical decision making into patient care planning; and (7) demonstrate competency in complex medication calculations.


This comprises an assignment and a reflection. The hurdle component comprises a clinical performance appraisal tool (pass/fail) and a medication calculation test (students must achieve 100 per cent). Students must pass the hurdle requirements to pass the unit.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
NURS5823 Nursing Practice 3.
and NURS5817 Maternal and Child Health Nursing.
and NURS5818 Mental Health Nursing
Contact hours
clinical placement: 280 hours
theory: 12 hours

Chang, E ., and Daly, .J. eds. Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Practice: Elsevier 2008

Crisp, J., and Taylor, C. ed. Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, 3rd edn: Mosby 2009

Levitt-Jones, T., and Bourgeois, S. The Clinical Placement: An Essential Guide for Nursing Students, 2nd edn: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone 2011

Tollefson, J. Clinical Psychomotor Skills: Assessment Tools for Nursing Students, 4th edn: Cengage Learning Australia 2010


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