Course Title: Work in the nursing profession

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5113C

Course Title: Work in the nursing profession

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City B Killey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4809

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vivienne Decleva (Bundoora) 0399257539
Bruce Killey (City) 0399254809

Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

No pre- requisites required

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to practise as a nursing professional with clients across the lifespan in a range of health care environments, such as acute care, community care, mental health, aged care, medical/surgical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN401A Work in the nursing profession


1. Apply the principles of primary health care delivery


2. Apply the principle of wellness


3. Work in the context of professional nursing practice


4. Handle issues arising in health care


5. Contribute to professional work team


6. Participate in professional skills development


7. Apply the Scope of Nursing Practice Decision Making Framework

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nursing profession and the development of the delivery of health care by nurses as health professionals

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

The precise order of teaching sessions may be subject to change.
1/ Time management , study skills and assignment writing.
2/ The development of nursing as a profession, and the development of nursing in the Australian context.
3/ Working in a range of Health care facilities.
4/ The underpinning values and philosophies of Health care.
5/ The principles and types of documentation.
6/ Common terms associated with human behaviour.
7/ Cultural and linguistic differences.
8/ Terms associated with death and dying.
9/Factors that may influence health related behaviour.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3rd Ed Elsevier

Other Resources

On line resources include ANF and RCNA websites.

Overview of Assessment

  • Observation in the work place
  • Written assignments/projects
  • Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
  • Questioning – verbal or written

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the workplace .
Written tests/ assignments
Case study .
Supporting statement of supervisor - clinical competency tool 

Assessment Matrix

Assignment will be handed out at the commencement of the course, for submission on due date.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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