NURSING 1008 - Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 1008 Course Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Bachelor of Nursing Course Description The course will complement student learning from Communication and Professional Nursing with integration of knowledge, attitudes and skills required for practice. The principles of professional practice such as autonomy and advocacy will be considered and where possible students will be encouraged to consider their clinical placement experiences against a reflective framework. Students will be introduced to the challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their health care. The factors that need to be considered in caring for people with diverse cultures will also be explored. Students will be exposed to the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATODS) on the Australian population. Students will also begin a comprehensive and integrated approach to the care of people with mental health disorders, a national health priority. Lecture content will be supported with group work exercises and workshops for developing skills in de-escalation and beginning to perform a mental health first aid assessment.
Course Coordinator: Ms Sally-Anne BessellCourse Coordinator: Pam McCrorie
Phone: +61 8313 0896
Location: Adelaide Nursing School - Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Level 4, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building
Cnr North Terrace & George Street
ADELAIDE SA 5005
Phone: +61 8313 3595
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify the connections between critical thinking, problem-solving and the principles of ethical practice. 2 Explain the role of reflective practice for health professionals and delevop skills in applying this to adhering to the NMBA standards. 3 Recognise and discuss the range of ethical and professional issues that affect contemporary nursing practice. 4 Recognise the impact of nursing on the individual nurse and develop effective strategies towards self-care. 5 Discuss the range of factors impacting on the health of the wide range of Australian populations and the role of social determinants on this. 6 Recognise the need for cultural competence and apply nursing practice which incorporates attention to cultural diversity in healthcare 7 Recognise the diversity of mental health issues and discuss the mental health first aid response to care for affected individuals 8 Understand the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the population and the impact on the health of Australians
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.
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.
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.
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.
5, 6, 8
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.
Required ResourcesBrown, D, Edwards, H, Seaton, L & Buckley, T (eds) 2015, Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems, 4th Australia and New Zealand edn, Elsevier, Chatswood
Crisp, J, Douglas, C, Rebeiro, G & Waters, D 2017, Potter and perry's fundamentals of nursing, 5th Australian and New Zealand edn, Elsevier, Chatswood
Daly, J, Speedy, S & Jackson, D 2017, Contexts of nursing: an introduction, 5th Edition, Elsevier Australia
Online LearningSome reading materials and course content will be provided through the Canvas Learning Platform via MyUni and assessments will be submitted through the appropriate portal point on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOn Line lectures – The Lectures will introduce important relevant theories and concepts. Much of the content for this course is supported by textbooks with web page and e-learning supports. The Adelaide Nursing School supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
Interactive tutorials – The essential nature of teamwork and communication in nursing and health care is emphasised through interactive tutorials. The four key tutorial sessions will enable students to explore ethical dilemmas/legal issues relevant to professional practice.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Non contact hours for lecture and tutorial preparation and completion of assessment tasks will be 5 hours per week
The workload for this course requires attendance at:
- Four x 2 hour tutorial sessions
Learning Activities SummaryThe content below is a guide for the lecture and tutorial outlines to be covered in Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations:
- Reflective Practice Applied to Self-Development
- Critical Thinking Applied to Clinical Decisions
- Ethical issues in healthcare relevant to nursing
- The ICN Code of Ethics
- Ethical Principles and Clinical Practice
- The Ethics Committee in Healthcare
- Communication Principles for Specific Groups and Difficult Situations
- Nursing in Multi-Cultural Australia
- Social Determinants of Health
- Impacts on Aboriginal Culture and Wellbeing & Aboriginal Healthcare issues
- Introduction to Mental Health & Mental Health Assessment
- Impacts of ATOD’s and Associated Issues for Health
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are reminded to discuss issues with sensitivity and discretion.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcomes Addressed Professional Issues Quiz Formative (200 word equivalent) 0% 2,3 Group Presentation Summative (800 word equivalent) 30% 1,2,3,5,7,8 Quiz Series x 3 Summative (750 word equivalent) 30% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Case Study Analysis Summative (2000 word equivalent) 40% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assessment Related RequirementsTutorialsThere will be four (4) Compulsory Tutorial session for each student this semester. Allocation into the Tutorial groups will occur at the beginning of the semester by the Course Coordinator and attendance at all allocated tutorial sessions is compulsory to give students the best possible opportunity to achieve success in all their assessment items.
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1: FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Pre-Quiz
Students are required to successfully complete a quiz revising the professional issues identifed during Communication & Professional Nursing in Semester 1 that will be relevant when discussing ethical situations during this course.
ASSESSMENT 2: GROUP PRESENTATION
Students will work in groups and critically explore ethical issues that arise in healthcare that are relevant to nurses
ASSESSMENT 3: QUIZ SERIES
Students will complete three timed quizzes during the course. Quizzes are related to weekly content.
ASSESSMENT 4: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS
Students will be required to use a decision making framework to critically analyse a case study in relation to ethical/professional issues.
SubmissionUnless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. 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.
See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/3303/
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.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.Past Selt feedback has resulted in the restructure of tutorials for Professional & Ethical Nursing Practice Considerations. Firstly they were made to be longer so more activities can be undertaken and secondly the number of students in each session was reduced to promote better interaction. Another change instigated along with this restructure was a smaller venue with materials available to interactive group work which again allowed group activities and open discussion that had previously be difficult to manage in a larger lecture hall. The restructure provided an opportunity to introduce preparation work that would clarify objectives for the course assessments.
Feedback from subsequent Selts indicated the success of the smaller groups, and highlighted the benefit of the preparation activities, but it also highlighted the need regarding clarification of technology used within the course to assist learning. This resulted in guides being developed for new technology with step by step instructions for students to refer to throughout the semester. A series of modified assessment tasks that allowed more guidance and feedback prior to the major assessment were also developed.
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