Course Title: Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5216C

Course Title: Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Kalpana Raghunathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99256649

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 100

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

This unit should be assessed after achievement of the following related competency unit:
• HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status

The unit is recommended to be assessed in conjunction the following related competency units:
• HLTAP501A Analyse health information
• HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes in the health industry
• HLTEN509A Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
• HLTEN502A Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice

This competency unit incorporates the content of:
• HLTEN405A Implement basic nursing care

Course Description

This competency unit describes the knowledge and skills required to implement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN504A Implement and evaluate a plan of nursing care


1. Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients.
2. Assist client in activities of daily living
3. Assist with movement of clients
4. Prepare clients for procedures
5. Provide nursing care to meet identified needs
6. Monitor and evaluate clients during care
7. Prepare the client for discharge in consultation /collaboration with registered nurse
8. Evaluate nursing care provided

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify actual and potential nursing care needs in
consultation/collaboration with the client
1.2 Identify client needs for health education and
implement education within scope of nursing
practice and in consultation/collaboration with
registered nurse
1.3 Introduce and explain all nursing interventions,
using appropriate language and interpersonal skills
to address the diverse needs of clients and health
care settings
1.4 Establish and maintain a safe environment through
effective communication with clients, family and

2.1 Explain to client the importance of hygiene and
grooming to achieving health outcomes
2.2 Assist clients to address hygiene, dressing and
grooming needs
2.3 Describe conditions which affect the oral cavity
and demonstrate effective oral hygiene to client
2.4 Identify client nutritional needs in consultation/
collaboration with client and their significant

3.1 Apply the principles and techniques of safe
manual handling and principles of ‘no-lift’ policy
when assisting clients with movement
3.2 Identify situations of risk or potential risk and
implement risk prevention/minimisation strategies
and refer to registered nurse as appropriate
3.3 Actively encourage clients to contribute to their
own mobility
3.4 Assist clients to safely transfer using appropriate
mobility procedures with reference to safety of
self, client and others involved

4.1 Provide each client with a full explanation
regarding preparation for specific procedures
4.2 Maintain privacy and dignity of client throughout
4.3 Complete documentation as per organisation
policy and procedures
4.4 Observe validity of consent and report any
concerns to the registered nurse, as appropriate

5.1 Participate in the implementation of a plan of
nursing care in line with duty of care and OH&S
policies and procedures
5.2 Monitor the application of safe workplace
procedures as per OH&S policies and organisation
policies and procedures
5.3 Monitor the application of infection control
principles in all work activities
5.4 Prioritise work activities to meet acuity of client
needs and maintain a balanced approach to own

6.1 Maintain ongoing observation and assessment
during nursing care
6.2 Monitor the use of diagnostic tools and document
6.3 Monitor and evaluate client progress and changes
implemented within the nursing role
6.4 Assess and document changes in client
independence or pain tolerance within scope of
Enrolled Nurse practice

7.1 Clarify client needs for community support
services on discharge and identify appropriate
community support services to the client
7.2 Promote client awareness and understanding
through health education within the enrolled nurse
scope of practice
7.3 Ensure client has all requirements for discharge:
next GP’s appointment: medications; and any

8.1 Evaluate own contribution to nursing care in
consultation/collaboration with the client and
registered nurse
8.2 Evaluate implementation of plan of nursing care in
consultation/collaboration with the
multidisciplinary team and/or registered nurse
8.3 Evaluate nursing care in light of potential and
actual client outcomes
8.4 Evaluate risk prevention and management
strategies applied in delivery of nursing care

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the participant demonstrates the knowledge and skills required to impement nursing care plans for individual clients and evaluate the care provided in a range of health environments.

Details of Learning Activities

Formal classroom particpation, self driected learning, simulations and nursing laboratory practical , workplace nursing skill practice 

Teaching Schedule

Sem 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Funnell, R. Koutoukidis, G. Lawrence, K. 2009, Tabner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice, 5th Ed., Australia : Churchill Livingstone: Elsevier.
Crisp, J. & Taylor, C. 2008, 3nd ed., Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing, Australia: Chatswood, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia
Brown, D., Edwards, H. (eds) 2008, 2nd ed., Lewis’s medical surgical nursing; assessment and management of clinical problems, Marrickville, N.S.W. : Elsevier Australia, 2008 
Perry, A. & Potter, P.A. 2010, Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques, 7th Ed., Mosby


Other Resources

Hutton, A. R. (2006) Introduction to Medical Terminology for Health Care (4th Ed.) Chruchill Livingstone Elsevier
Marieb, E. (2005) Essentials of anatomy and physiology. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.
Tamparo, C.and Lewis, M. (2005) Diseases of the human body. Philadelphia: FA Davis Company
Tollefson, J. (2010) Clinical Psychomotor Skills Assessment Tools for Nursing Students. 4th Ed. South Melbourne. Cengage

Webster, M. (2005) Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary. Revised Edn. New York: Thompson-Delamar

Web sources as directed.

Overview of Assessment

Assessed in conjunction with HLTEN503A  - Contribute to client assessement and develop a nursing care plan .

A comprehensive client assesemnt and nursing care plan .

Assessment Tasks

Assignment - Case Study & Nursing Care Plan 100% assessed in conjunction with HLTEN503A

Competency must be demonstrated during the clinical placement

Assessment Matrix

Case study & Clinical placement Competency assessment

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