NURSING 7205 - Clinical Nursing Practice II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course provides opportunity for students to experience the reality of practice and begin to apply theoretical and scientific concepts. Students will have the opportunity to begin to learn how to practice in accordance with the NMBA National Nursing Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7205
    Course Clinical Nursing Practice II
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 7204
    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. Students will have the opportunity to begin to learn how to practice in accordance with the NMBA National Nursing Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Jan Alderman

    Course Coordinator: Jan Alderman

    Course Coordinator, Lecturer | Adelaide Nursing School | Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    Level 4, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building

    Cnr North Terrace & George Street

    ADELAIDE SA 5005

    T: +61 8 8313 1168 | E:

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595

    Successful completion of NURSING 7204 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 is a pre requisite for enrolment into this course
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Further develop and refine skills of observation, assessment, communication and documentation.
    2 Apply and integrate knowledge from the nursing and biological sciences and evidence-based practice into complex health care
    3 Identify and describe pharmacokinetics for selected health problems
    4 Discuss the impact of complex health problems on patients and families across the lifespan
    5 Provide nursing care for patients with complex health problems
    6 Perform drug calculations accurately and administer medications competently
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1-2, 4-5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Crisp, J, Douglas, C, Rebeiro, G & Waters, D 2021, Potter and Perry’s fundamentals of nursing, 5th. edn, Australian version., Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

    Brown, D, Edwards, H, Buckley, TCT & Aitken, RL 2020, Lewis’s medical-surgical nursing. Assessment and management of clinical problems, 5th edition, Australia and New Zealand edition., Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

    Tollefson J & Hillman E, 2019 Clinical psychomotor skills: Assessment tools for nurses, 7th edn, Cengage Learning Australia

    Lewis, P & Foley, D, 2020 Health assessment in Nursing, 3nd Ed.Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Pty Ltd, North Ryde, NSW.

    McKenna, L & Mirkov, S 2021, Mckenna’s drug handbook for nursing and midwifery, 9th edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney.

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

    Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs (10th ed.). 2017, The Lamp, vol. 71, New South Wales Nurses Association, no. 5.

    Daly, J Speedy, S & Jackson, D. 2018. Contexts of Nursing, 5th. Ed. Sydney, Churchill Livingstone

    Stein-Parbury, J 2018, Patient and Person: Interpersonal Skills in Nursing, 6th ed. Elsevier, Sydney.

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

    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course consists of online lecturers and 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 professional skills and attributes.

    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 2-hour online lecture/week
    1 x 2 hour practical / 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 assessments. 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 II. 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
    Application and management of oxygen therapy

    Management of intravenous therapy (IVT)

    Care of the patient receiving a blood transfusion 

    Nursing interventions for pain

    Medication administration – Parenteral, IV medication administration, Nasogastric, and PEG.

    Cardiac assessment and ECG monitoring

    Neurovascular observations and plaster care

    Specific Course Requirements
    CNP II requires attendance at clinical placement.

    Students will need to follow all expectations as detailed in the Clinical Placement Handbook.
  • 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
    Blood Safe  Summative  10% 1-6
    Quizzes X 4 Summative  40% 1-6
    Clinical skills presentation and lesson plan Summative 50% 1-6
    OSCE (Oral Examination) Summative NGP Hurdle requirement 1-6
    Compulsory NCAS Placement Documents
    For each clinical placement, a written Summative Assessment must be obtained. This Summative Assessment must be completed and signed by the supervising Registered Nurse and the facilitating Clinical Lecturer. Employer Competencies (EC) must also be assessed during the placement blocks. For each placement please check the NCAS Employer Competency Schedule to see which are required as well as check with your course coordinator and Clinical lecturer on placement.

    The completed set of documents must then be submitted to MyUni one week post the individual student's respective Placement
    Block – Successful completion of these assessments is required. This is a HURDLE assessment for this course.

    Oral Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
    A structured clinical examination will be held during exam week. This examination will take place in the Skills Facility and each student will be assessed on a number of skills and theory relevant to the lectures and skill sessions held during the semester.  The exam uses a structured approach to the assessment of clinical skills using the online B-line system.

    The OSCE is a HURDLE this means it must be passed to enable you to progress into the next year/semester of this course.

    The timetable for this exam will be posted closer to the date.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The OSCE for this course is a hurdle requirement. Students must pass to be eligible to attend other courses associated with clinical placement.
    Assessment Detail
    1) Basic Life Support Document & Manual Handling Document NGP
    Assessment for these mandatory competencies will be delivered in lectures, videos, and clinical skills sessions. Students will be given a certificate on completion of the assessment.

    2) e-blood Learning online module 10%. 
    This is an online module that students need to complete to obtain a certificate for clinical placement

    3) 4 X Quizzes 40% 
    Quizzes are designed to reinforce the learning acquired in the lectures and clinical skills sessions.

    4) Lesson plan and clinical skills presentation 50% 
    Students will complete a comprehensive lesson plan to support a teaching video that you will make using Studio in Canvas. 

    There are two templates provided for this assessment.
    One is the lesson plan template that you will complete and submit with the video.
    The other template outlines what students will need to consider when presenting the lesson.
    Students will choose a topic from the skills covered this year. PowerPoint slides may be used to support the teaching of the skill or a demonstration using props can be used.

    5) OSCE NGP (Hurdle for this course) Exam week one
    This ORAL exam is conducted in Exam weeks. Students will be examined on both their psychomotor skills and theoretical knowledge in a 25 min examination.

    6) Drug calculation test 
    A formal drug calculation test will be held at the end of the semester which must be passed with 100% for student to be able to administer medication to patients.

    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 Manual and School Style and Referencing 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 Manual and School Style and Referencing 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.

    Other information regarding assessment can be located on Canvas. 
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Better understanding of what is expected on placement. The Scope of practice is gone through in great detail prior to placement. The forms are available online and at each of the placement venues.

    Peer teaching has been stated as being an addiitonal important learning tool in conjunction with clinical lecturer assistance. lecturer to student ratio was approx 1:8.

    Placement. There was a change in staff and a new system has been put in place. It would appear that this is being utilised more effectively now. Students are always informed of the placement dates at the beginning of the year and that the requirement is for full time, with no allowance available for part-time personal work in between. Placement is provided when there is availability.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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