NURSING 7207 - Clinical Nursing Practice IV

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

This course will provide opportunity to consolidate nursing practice in caring for patients in all health care 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 7207
    Course Clinical Nursing Practice IV
    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 7206
    Restrictions Master of Clinical Nursing
    Course Description This course will provide opportunity to consolidate nursing practice in caring for patients in all health care 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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Krystle Halls

    Course Coordinator: Krystle Halls
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0930
    Location: Level 4 AHMS, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3639

    Successful completion of NURSING 7206 Clinical Nursing Practice 3 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.

    Timetable information can be located at Course Planner

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Perform simple and complex interventions necessary in all health care settings
    2 Critically think and analyse using evidence based practice to inform decision making
    3 Identify and describe pharmacokinetics for selected health problems
    4 Perform according to NMBA competency standards of the RN – all statements
    5 Further develop critical thinking using exemplars from clinical practice
    6 Perform drug calculations accurately and administer medications competently
    7 Provide nursing care competently to an allocated group of patients
    8 Consider strategies for effective transition to the role of a Registered Nurse
    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.

    2, 4-5, 8

    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, 4, 7

    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.

    4-5, 8

    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, 7-8

    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.

    2, 6

    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.

    4-5, 7-8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

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

    Tollefson, Joanne 2022 Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing 8th ed. Cengage Learning Australia

    Recommended Resources

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

    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
    Online resources to support this course are located within Canvas.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a blend of lectures and workshops to identify situations that impact the daily environment of nursing practice. The course is designed to build on knowledge and skills learnt throughout the program in the transition to the registered nurse role. 

    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
    1x 1 hour lecture/week
    1 x 2.5 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 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 IV. 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 Skills Laboratory Sessions
    Peri-operative Care
    Complex Health Assessment
    Challenging Behaviours
    Death & Dying
    Urinary Catherisation
    Central Venous Access Devices and Cytotoxic safety
    Specific Course Requirements
    Clinical Placement attendance in accordance with the Clinical Placement Handbook. Students must satisfactorily complete the required number of placement hours prior to submission of their details to AHPRA for initial registration.  
  • 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 1-8
    Oral Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Hurdle Requirement Summative Hurdle 1-8
    Essay Summative 50% 1-8
    Reverse Sim Summative 50% 1-8

    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 weeks. This examination will be assessed on a number of skills and theory relevant to the classes held during semester.  Along with skills demonstrations, students will need to be prepared to provide a rationale for the practical tasks within the exam.  

    The OSCE is a HURDLE this means that all parts must be passed to enable you to pass the course
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The OSCE is a hurdle requirement meaning the OSCE must be passed to complete this program. 
    Assessment Detail
    Due Date: refer to MyUni
    Words: 2000

    Students will be required to reflect on their nursing practice as a student registered nurse and consider their transition to the role of a registered nurse. Discussion will incorporate the NMBA standards for practice for a registered nurse and identification of strategies and supports for their success.

    Reverse Sim
    Due Date: refer MyUni
    Words: 2000

    Students will deconstruct an actual placement experience and rebuild it into a simulation based event. The templates and instructions for this will utilise existing simulation templates

    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.

    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.  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.

    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.

    Refer to the Course MyUni Pages for assessment instructions and guides.


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

  • Student Feedback

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    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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