NURSING 7205 - Clinical Nursing Practice II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course provides opportunity for students to experience the reality of practice and begin to apply theoretical and scientific concepts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7205
    Course Clinical Nursing Practice II
    Coordinating Unit School of Nursing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M.Clin Nurs students only
    Course Description This course provides opportunity for students to experience the reality of practice and begin to apply theoretical and scientific concepts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tammy Page

    Course Coordinator: Tamara Page
    Phone: +61 8 8313 1225
    Email: tamara.page@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Room 3-64, School of Nursing, University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Email: nursing.studentliason@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Develop and improve their observation, assessment, communication and documentation skills.
    2 Understand how evidence based care can be applied in relation to patients who have complex health care needs
    3 Discuss the impact of complex health problems on patients and families across the lifespan
    4 Develop their practice utilising an evidence based nursing framework
    5 Understand how the ANMC standard statements regulate their nursing practice 
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4-5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 3-5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lewis, P & Foley, D, 2014 Health assessment in Nursing, 2nd Ed.Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Pty Ltd, North Ryde, NSW.

    Rebeiro, G, Jack, L, Scully, N & Wilson, D, 2013, Fundamentals of Nursing: Clinical skills workbook, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

    Intelli+Learn, 2013. Medication Management for Health Professionals. CD, An interactive course to develop and assess skills in medication management. Australia.
    Recommended Resources

    Harris, P, Nagy, S & Vardaxis, N (eds) 2014, Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 3rd edn, Mosby, Sydney.

    Online Learning
    https://www.bloodsafelearning.org.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses practical workshops to identify situations that impact the daily environment of nursing practice. Students are encouraged to consider their ‘arrival’ at the career of nursing and to actively reflect on what they consider to be the professional skills and attributes.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course requires attendance at
    • 1 x 3 hour practical / week
    • SCAs preclinical week

    It is expected that you will need to invest about 12 hours per week of study to successfully complete this course. This includes all study activities, practicals, readings and assessment. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The tables below indicate the teaching sessions for Clinical Nursing Practice I. Please refer to the timetable above for details on class and time. A summary of the clinical skills topics are as listed below. Other clinical skills sessions may be provided as required.

    Clinical Nursing Practice II
    Clinical Skills Laboratory Sessions
    1. Application and management of oxygen therapy

    2. Management of intravenous therapy (IVT)

    3. Care of the patient receiving a blood transfusion (students are to compete the online Bloodsafe e- learning package prior to this lab session)

    4. Nursing interventions for pain

    5. Asepsis and wound care

    6. Drug calculations

    7. Medication administration – Oral / PV/PR, sub lingual

    8. Cancer support services in South Australia

    9. SCAs – pre-clinical assessment of skills
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Clinical practice/performance/assessment Formative NGP 1-5
    e-learning blood safe module Summative 10% 1-5
    Structured Clinical Assessment (SCA) Summative 30% 1-5
    Portfolio with exemplars of clinical practice Summative 60% 1-5
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Clinical practice/performance/assessment – weekly assessment of clinical skills as per Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical Skills Workbook- NGP

    ASSESSMENT 2: elearning blood module The eLearning module is a formal online resource that gives the students an opportunity to review the knowledge they have re blood groups and different products that can be used in the clinical setting. This is then reviewed in the skills laboratory setting with 5 different case studies. The quiz is 30-60 minutes duration. Weighting 10%.

    ASSESSMENT 3: SCA
    Due Date: Week 8,
    Weighting: 30%
    Length: 30 minutes

    The  Structured Clinical Assessment is a formal conclusion to the semester to give students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired. The oral and practical exam is of 30 minutes duration and uses a structured approach to the assessment of clinical skills. Students will be observed by two staff as they move through a scenario and respond to questions designed to complement hands on skills with critical thinking.

    ASSESSMENT 4:
    PORTFOLIO
    Due Date: Week 12,
    Weighting: 60%
    Length: 3000 words

    Portfolio
    The Portfolio is an opportunity for students to integrate, compare and synthesise the evidence base for, and clinical practice of, 4 examples of fundamental nursing care they observe and participate in during clinical placement. Students should choose 4 examples that correspond to the skills from their Skills Booklet. A summary of the evidence base for each of the skills is required and a comparison of this and a critique the observed practice should be made. The marking guide below will be used to assess the submission
    Submission
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of time for submission of assignments is subject to negotiation with the course coordinator. Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. However, an extension may be granted if the request is made before the due date and the usual administration procedures are followed. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.

    Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    The following marking guides will be used for assignments:

    Marking Guide - Portfolio
    Structure and Presentation 25%
    Structure (15%)
    • Each section of the portfolio is structured in a logical sequence so that the content flows (headings may be used to develop the structure of the portfolio).

    • Where appropriate introduces/outlines/situates the activity/discussion.

    • Where appropriate each section of the portfolio ends with a cogent, defendable conclusion that summarises the discussion within the body of the paper.

    Writing Style (10%)
    • The portfolio is written with clear sentence structure and the spelling and grammar are correct.
    Content 60%
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the activities/discussions chosen by identifying the main components/issues/focus of the topic area.

    • Provides evidence of support from contemporary literature to support argument/points of view.

    • Where appropriate for the activity demonstrates critical thought.

    • Has completed all activities/discussion points.
    Referencing 15%
    • The referencing style used throughout the summary paper is congruent with the School’s Student Handbook and Style Guide.

    • The reference list is accurate (i.e. no missing page numbers, volumes, correct title etc), complete (i.e. no references in the body of the paper are missing from the reference list) and consistent with the School’s Student Handbook and Style Guide.

    • The references cited are contemporary (i.e. less than 10 years old unless seminal papers).

    • Primary references are used predominantly (i.e. the original reference has been cited rather than a secondary source).

    • There is evidence in the summary paper that the student has searched widely for information related to the topic/issue.

    • The student has acknowledged all sources of information.

    • Direct quotations are only used to make crucial points or to support the discussion/argument.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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