NURSING 3009 - Leadership and Transition to Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

Leadership and transition in nursing presents students with descriptions of leadership, economics, safety and quality and encourages a reflective and practical examination of issues such as delegation. The role of the nurse in informing health service policy and innovation and the requirement to provide effective clinical education are also examined. This course is provided to prepare nurses as much as possible to adjust to the transition from student to registered nurse. One of the tutorials is linked with the Palliative care course where an interactive leadership scenario is considered.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 3009
    Course Leadership and Transition to Practice
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Nursing
    Course Description Leadership and transition in nursing presents students with descriptions of leadership, economics, safety and quality and encourages a reflective and practical examination of issues such as delegation. The role of the nurse in informing health service policy and innovation and the requirement to provide effective clinical education are also examined. This course is provided to prepare nurses as much as possible to adjust to the transition from student to registered nurse. One of the tutorials is linked with the Palliative care course where an interactive leadership scenario is considered.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Melissa Arnold-Ujvari

    Melissa Arnold-Chamney
    Level 4 AHMS
    Adelaide Nursing School
    +61 8 8313 3643

    School contact:
    Phone: +61 8313 3595

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1 Evaluate professional, legal and regulatory frameworks that influence the delivery of nursing care
    2 Integrate an understanding of how economics and staffing affects health care provision
    3 Understand the importance of innovations in nursing, for example, Quality and Risk Management Programs and the use of e-health records and their impact on positive patient outcomes.
    4 Imbed a safety and quality framework into the transition to practice.
    5 Develop strategies and resilience skills that will facilitate a personal transition from student nurse to registered nurse.
    6 Reflect on the need for self-care during a nursing career.
    7 Assess the nurse’s role in leadership, delegation and management of the interdisciplinary team by recognising the qualities that contribute to effective leadership and teamwork in nursing.
    8 Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ongoing professional development including construction of a professional portfolio to plan a career pathway.
    9 Refine clinical teaching skills and methods.
    10 Integrate concepts of critical thinking into transition by applying research findings and evidence-based 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)

    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.

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    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
    Recommended resource only for this course. 

    Recommended Resources

    This book is a recommended resource and was also a recommended resource for "Nursing in an International Context" course in Semester One also.

    Hodge, A., Varndell, W., & West, R. (2018). Professional Transitions in Nursing: A Guide to Practice in the Australian Healthcare System (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures – this course benefits from the real time delivery of content. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Much of the content for this course is presented by external speakers working in leadership roles within SA Health and other institutions. These are available to you online and via zoom.

    Face to face tutorials
    –90% of any success comes from belief and confidence. We need to have technical skills and some physical attributes. However, when things start to get tough, we’re getting overwhelmed by challenge or pressure is really being applied by your boss, it’s belief and confidence that will drive you to success. The aim of these workshops and complementary assessments are to give you confidence and courage to believe in your ability to create success. 

    Simulation Session - Transition Support Workshop                                                                                                                 

    Each week students will have theoretical and practical work to complete. Readings will be accompanied by explanatory text, examples, questions and activities designed to help them to the most important points.

    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 lecture / week 
    · A selection of 1 hour tutorials per semester and 1 x 4 hour transition support session prior to your BN3C/D placements.

    Non contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be 3 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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 Name
    Type of Assessment
    Weighting Learning Outcomes being addressed
    1 Online Quiz Formative 0% 1 - 2
    2 Workshop attendances & workbook submission Summative 30% 5 - 6
    3 Peer Teaching Summative 25% 7
    4 Peer Evaluation & Reflection Summative 15% 3, 4, 5, 7
    5 Online Quiz Summative 30% 1 - 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All marking rubrics for each assessment item will be available in the Study Guide and on MyUni.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Online Quiz
    This is a compulsory assessment item for all students and must be completed by the due date unless an extension has been granted.
    This online formative assessment will consist of a series of questions pertaining to information covered thus far in the course. Reference to the lecture notes will be useful in the completion of the quiz.

    Assessment 2: Resilience and You
    This assessment focuses on several parts. Attendance & participation at the mindfulness & transition support workshops and the completion of a workbook. 

    Assessment 3: Peer Teaching 
    Peer teaching: The first part of this assessment enables students to develop skills in organisation, planning learning activities and working collaboratively with others as well as providing and receiving feedback from your fellow team members. Students will work in small groups and are expected to consider the nature of the material, the level of knowledge of the student and determine how you would assess the understanding of students during and immediately following a teaching session. The benefits to you are that you will be reinforcing the skill knowledge and establishing effective teaching practices prior to your first rotation as a registered nurse. The second part of this assessment is a peer evaluaation of your team members and an individual reflection on the process of working as a group for this assessment.

    Assessment 4: Online Quiz
    Complete an online quiz relaating to the topics that have been covered up to that point in the course. This will be a selection of multiple choice, true or false and SAQ including uploading of activities that you have been asked to complete during each week. Reference to the lecture notes and having completed the weekly activities will be useful in the completion of the quiz.
    Using Turnitin
    Assessment submission information This semester we are using Turnitin for assessment submission. Please refer to your study guide for assessment details and the information below about Turnitin. Turnitin is an electronic program that enables students to check that they are referencing correctly. It also enables more efficient feedback as assignments submitted via Turnitin are assessed using an online process. Step-by-step instructions for submitting an assignment using Turnitin are on this webpage: 

    When you submit an assignment to this program, you will receive an "originality report" and an "originality score" - these will let you know if you have accidently used the words of other authors - any areas of your work that are too close to your cited or other resources will be highlighted. To see this report after you have submitted your assignment, go back into the program and click on "view" - this will show you your assignment with any similar text highlighted. Bear in mind that this program is very sensitive - don't worry too much if you seem to have a high originality score as the program includes quotes and references in the count. However, it is important that you check the text that is highlighted, if it is a correctly referenced quote or an item in your reference list that is highlighted then you can ignore it but if the highlighted text that isn't a quote or reference you will need to re-write those sections in your own words.

    After you have submitted your assignment you will receive an email confirming that your assignment has been submitted correctly. If you do not receive this email then go back and try again. Keep the email you receive, just in case there are any issues with your assignment submission as we may need to view it to confirm your submission date and time. You can submit multiple times to this program - each new submission supersedes the previous, so we will only ever mark the latest version of your assignment! We encourage all students to practice with Turnitin before the final due date to make sure you know what you're doing.

    A word of warning: although the program permits multiple submissions from a single student, Turnitin has a 24-hour lag between assignment submissions. For example, if you submit an assignment to the program at 10am on Sunday, you may not be able to submit again until 10am Monday! Be very careful to avoid a situation wherein you are unable to submit the final version of your assignment until after the final deadline. Falling into the 24hr lag window will not be grounds to avoid a lateness penalty, so if this happens you will need to use the online extension form. If at any time you are having trouble submitting your assignment, please let us know ASAP so we can make alternate arrangements and please contact the Service Desk on 08 8313 3000 (open 24 hours).

    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.

    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.

    2022 saw lectures still being being online overall, with successful viewing by students according to their schedule. This may continue in 2023, with set posting times of content, so that students can regulate their viewing schedule. But if face to face lecutres are possible, then this will be encouraged as the addition of external guest speakers has previously been positively evaluated pre covid.

    Positive feedback included the transition support day, the mindfulness workshop and the external speakers that were able to attend.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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