Course Title: Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: NURS5280C

Course Title: Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse to demonstrate nursing practice in a contemporary health environment using critical thinking and analysis and reflective practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN508B Apply reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis in health


1. Apply the foundations of contemporary nursing practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with an understanding of the historical and current perspectives of nursing and nurse education
1.2 Incorporate the theoretical concepts and information related to nursing into practice
1.3 Identify contemporary issues in nursing and examine their impact on clients and the health care environment
1.4 Clarify the role of regulation and professional standards of practice and apply in own practice
1.5 Actively participate as a member of the health care team
1.6 Recognise the complementary roles of the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse, registered nurse and other health care professionals
1.7 Utilise appropriate models of nursing care in the health care environment
1.8 Incorporate into practice a holistic approach to client care
1.9 Promote and support individuality of client when implementing planned care


2. Participate in professional review and development

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in performance review according to the policies and procedures of the employing organisation
2.2 Apply professional, legal and ethical standards to nursing practice
2.3 Share professional knowledge and skills with others
2.4 Promote a positive image of nursing as a profession and support the role of other health professionals according to codes of ethics and conduct
2.5 Undertake professional skill development and apply to work practices
2.6 Identify and participate in appropriate professional organisations


3. Work within a contemporary health care environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Achieve work outcomes and demonstrate good time management within prescribed time frames
3.2 Manage resources according to health environment guidelines
3.3 Utilise contemporary health informatics systems to gather, collate and document data
3.4 Work within context of practice and within boundaries of work role


4. Use critical thinking and analysis effectively

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify ways to effectively apply the process of critical thinking and analysis within own work role
4.2 Differentiate between critical thinking, creative thinking and problem solving
4.3 Identify and apply the characteristics of problem solving to the steps of the nursing process and development of nursing care plans
4.4 Locate, review and critically analyse topical issues identified in recent articles


5. Promote reflective practice of self and others

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Apply reflective practice within the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse role
5.2 Recognise the process and benefits of reflective practice in relation to own work role
5.3 Reflect on issues that may produce a detrimental view of nursing
5.4 Evaluate the effectiveness of self reflection on self and others

Learning Outcomes

 At the end of this unit students should be able to:

  • Work with an understanding of contemporary nursing practice
  • Critically analysis and reflect on their own practice and the practice of others within the healthcare industry
  • Understand and participate in the process of professional review and development

Details of Learning Activities

Face to Face teaching

Case Studies

Classroom activities

Reflections and discussions

Accessing information on line

Teaching Schedule

There will be face to face teaching for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students. Timetable can also be accessed on line in the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kozier and Erb's (2012) 2nd ed. Fundmentals of Nursing-Australian Edition-Pearson Publications


Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub. The linline learning materials listed include. Subject outlines Lecture notes Assignment details

Other Resources

The students can access the RMIT library for more resources for example:

  • Articles of interest
  • Useful external links
  • Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge of this unit of competency will be assessed via the follwoing methods:

  • Classroom Activities
  • Reflective Journal

Assessment Tasks

Student assessment task is in the form of an assignment on Reflective Practice Journal and written assignment.

Assessment Matrix

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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