Course Title: Work in the nursing profession

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

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

Tan Kan Ku 99254722

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


HLTEN401A/01 Apply the principles of primary health care delivery.
HLTEN401A/02 Apply the principle of wellness
HLTEN401A/03 Work in the context of professional nursing practice
HLTEN401A/04 Handle issues arising in health care
HLTEN401A/05 Contribute to professional work team
HLTEN401A/06 Participate in professional skills development

HLTEN401A/07 Apply the Scope of Nursing Practice Decision Making Framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with an understanding of the historical development of health care
1.2 Work with an understanding of the levels of health care provided in the Australian health care system
1.3 Apply the principles of primary health care and the philosophical framework supporting primary health care system
1.5 Identify the potential risks for the implementation of primary health care

2.1 Reflect in own work practice appropriate application of wellness and illness models of care within the Australian health care system
2.2 Apply the wellness model of care appropriately in relation to people with disabilities.
2.3 Identify health care issues that may require nursing care

3.1 Work with an understanding of the historical and current perspectives of the nursing profession and nurse education
3.2 Work with an awareness of the critical aspects and historical development of each nursing environment
3.2 Incorporate theoretical concepts and information related to nursing into nursing practice
3.3 Work with an understanding of the role of relevant professional nursing bodies
3.4 Work within the principles and parameters of nursing practice
3.5 Assist in organisation’s audit and accreditation processes

4.1 Respond to death as an aspect of the life span
4.2 Support clients, their family and carers through the grief and bereavement process as appropriate
4.3 Identify resources to assist client, family and carers in relation to grief
4.4 Work with an awareness of a range of classifications of disability and their major causes
4.5 Implement nursing care for clients with disabilities

5.1 Contribute effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team implementing care plans in each health care area
5.2 Use a journal or similar tool to examine and document reflective nursing practice
5.3 Contribute to achieving effective team work and supportive group dynamics when working with health care colleagues

6.1 Identify, access and undertake available options for professional skill development
6.2 Participate in and respond appropriately to performance review processes
6.3 Reflect on own nursing practice to identify areas for skill development to enhance performance
6.4 Identify and participate in professional organisations
6.5 Identify sources of employment opportunities

7.1 Apply jurisdictional requirements relating to Scope of practice Framework
7.2 Reflect Scope of practice within the enrolled nurse role
7.3 Adapt to different requirements of the role of the enrolled nurse within each health care environment

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

Eight lectures delivered  throughout Phase One from theory day one to theory day forty seven.

Nominal hours 90 including classroom delivery 24, directed learning 6, online learning 3 hours, and 57 hours of clinical placement.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

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


Other Resources

Funnell, R Koutoukidis, G Lawerence, K. 2005. Tabbner’s Nursing care 4E Theory and Practice. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
Ed. Grbich C. 2004. Health in Australia, Sociological concepts and issues. Pearson Longman
Stauntan P, Chiarella, M.2003. Nursing & the Law 5th Edition Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
Upper Saddle River, NJ. 2006. Professional nursing practice: concepts and perspectives. 5th Edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall.

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 with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.
Written tests/ assignments
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Reflective journal completion is required to achieve competency.
The written assignment provides 100% of the mark for this course.

Assessment Matrix

Assignment will be handed out at the commencement of the course, for completion once all the hours have been delivered.
The assignment will represent 100% of the required marks.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.
Reflective journal completion is required to pass this unit.

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