Course Title: Implement basic nursing care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5127C

Course Title: Implement basic nursing care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

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

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Killey Course Coordinator +61 3 9925 4809

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the nursing care of clients in a range of health environments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN405A Implement basic nursing care


1. Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients


2. Identify client needs relating to individualised nursing care


3. Assist clients in activities of daily living


4. Assist with the movement of clients


5. Prepare clients for procedures


6. Contribute to nursing care in consultation/ collaboration with registered nurse


7. Monitor and evaluate clients during care


8. Evaluate own contribution to nursing care

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

1. Members of the Health Care team and Client/Patient relationships
2. Activities of Daily Living
3. The Provision of Comfort and bed making (Theory)
4. Manual Handling & Transferring skills (Theory & Prac)
5. Hygiene Management (Theory)
6. Hygiene Mx (Prac)
7. Bed Making (Prac)
8. Meeting basic fluid & nutritional requirements
9. Special Nutritional Requirements
10. Elimination Issues
11. Assist - Nutrition (Prac)
12. Assist - elimination issues
13. Types of Charts used in Basic Nursing care & reporting systems
14. Incontinence assessment & management
15. Intro to Decubitis Ulcers and basic classification
16. Wound Classification & Management Team
17. Risks to hospitalisation/ medical treatment
18. Prevention Strategies to hospital risk
19. Rest & Sleep
20. Pain assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. 2006 Essentials of anatomy and physiology 2nd Ed. Benjamin Cummings: San Fransisco
Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2005 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing 3rd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney


Chabner, DE 2003 Medical Terminology: a short course Saunders:Philadelphia
Harris, P, Nagy, S and Vardaxis, N 2006 Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Elsevier:Sydney

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.

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 constitute 100% of the required marks.
Observation in the workplace 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.

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