NURSING 7206 - Clinical Nursing Practice III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course will provide opportunity to extend nursing practice in caring for patients in high acuity settings. 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 7206
    Course Clinical Nursing Practice III
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites NURSING 7204 and NURSING 7205
    Restrictions Master of Clinical Nursing
    Assessment Clinical practice/performance/assessment, oral structured clinical examination (OSCE), essay and clinically focused teaching
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Krystle Halls

    Phone: +61 8 8313 0930
    Email: Level 4, AHMS, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595

    Successful completion of NURSING 7205 Clinical Nursing Practice 2 is a pre requisite for enrolment into this this course
    Course Timetable

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

    Please refer to timetable information at

    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 Identify the different complexities and knowledge required from the nursing and biological sciences and evidence based practice across a variety of different settings
    5 Articulate the impact of complex health problems on patients and families across the lifespan
    6 Further develop clinical practice skills 
    7 Continue to develop nursing practice within an evidence based nursing framework
    8 Continue to develop nursing practice using guidance of the NMBA standards 
    9 Provide nursing care for a group of patients with acute and chronic health problems in varying contexts of practice
    10 Perform drug calculations accurately and administer medications competently and safely
    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, 2, 4, 6, 9

    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, 9

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10

    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.

    1, 4, 5, 7-9

    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.

    5, 9

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

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

    1, 10

    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.

    1, 5, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Tollefson, J., Hillman E. 2022 Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing 8th ed. Cengage Learning Australia.

    Lewis, P & Foley, D 2020, Weber & Kelly's Health Assessment in Nursing, 3rd Australian edition, Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, North Ryde.

    Brown, D. Edwards, H. Buckley, T. Aitken, R. 2019 Lewis’s medical –surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems 5th ed, Elsevier, Chatswood.


    Recommended Resources

    Crisp, J, Taylor, C. Douglas, C. Ribeiro, G. 2020 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 6th Edition, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.

    McKenna, L & Mirkov, S 2019, Mckenna’s drug handbook for nursing and midwifery, 8th Edition., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney.

    Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, 11th Edition. 2021. Mosby, Missouri.

    Online Learning
    Any online resources or links such as Intellilearn will be provided through Canvas. 
  • 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.

    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 1 hour lecture/week
    •  1 x 3 hour practical / week

    Non contact hours for assessment and class preparation will be approximately 6 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The tables below indicate the teaching sessions for Clinical Nursing Practice III. 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 III
    Clinical Skills Laboratory Sessions
    1. IV access devices/IV medications
    2. Paediatric care/paediatric BLS
    3. Complex wound care
    4. Airway management –ETT, Tracheostomy, LMA, suction,
    5. UWSD, care of chest tubes/respiratory skills
    6. Perioperative care
    Specific Course Requirements
    Please note: The Structured Clinical Assessment is a Hurdle assessment in this course.
  • 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 (hurdle requirement) Formative NGP 1-10
    Oral Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Hurdle Rerquirement Summative Hurdle 1-10
    Essay Summative 50% 1-10
    Clinically focussed teaching Summative 50% 1-10

    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 students respective Placement
    Block – Successful completion of these assessments are 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 held during semester. Each student will be required to attend for an examination in which they will demonstrate a range of nursing interventions especially in relation
    to skills taken from the course objectives. Along with skills demonstrations, students will need to be prepared to provide a rationale for the practical tasks within the exam.  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 that all stations must be passed to enable you to progress into the next year/semester of this program. The timetable for this exam will be posted closer to the date.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must successfully complete all Clinical Nursing Practice courses to satisfy the program requirements.
    Assessment Detail

    Refer to My Uni
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. 

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. You will find this on the School of Nursing Website or use the link provided here.

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    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.

    Instructions and marking rubrics are available on My Uni to be used for assignments.

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

  • 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.

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