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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5281C

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

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

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

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

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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

Classroom Teacher delivery

Group workSelf directed learningResearchPractical sessionsClinical placement


Teaching Schedule


Lesson 1  Apply the foundations of nursing practice

Lesson 2  Apply the foundations of nursing practice (Continued)

Lesson 3  Work within a contemporary health care environment


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


Each assessment will be marked as either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory.

In order to be assessed a Competent for this unit you must achieve a Satisfactory result for each assessment task.

The student is expected to attend classes, Lab sessions and Clinical Placement where applicable.

Resubmission or Reassessment of an Assessment Task:

Resubmission of any assessment task will be at the discretion of the Program Coordinator.

Reassessment of students who have attempted to undertake a practical assessment in the Clinical Lab (resulted as Not Satisfactory), and have attended all Lab sessions will be given one (1) further opportunity to demonstrate a Satisfactory result.


Overview of Assessment

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

  • Classroom Activities
  • Reflective Journal

Assessment Tasks


Overview of Assessment Tasks

This unit is part of an integrated program.
You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

The skills and knowledge to be assessed within this unit are as follows:

1. Poster presentation

2. Critical analysis of self chosen article

3. Critical analysis of personal journal


Competency based training requires you to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

All Assessment tasks should be performed or submitted by their due dates.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to attend on the due date of an assessment (e.g. test, examination, oral, etc.) OR you do attend, but your performance has been affected, you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to complete/repeat the assessment task at a later date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

If due to illness or other unforeseen circumstance, you are unable to submit by the due date (e.g. assignment, report, project etc.):
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK for an extension of time of up to seven (7) calendar days or less. This must be lodged with the Program Coordinator one (1) working day before the original due date. If granted, you will have the opportunity to submit up to seven (7) days later than the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.
• you may submit an APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL CONSIDERATION within two (2) working days of the due date. If Special Consideration is granted, you will be given the opportunity to submit the assessment task more than seven (7) days after the original due date. For advice on this application please visit or speak to your Program Coordinator.

You are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab” . All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically unless otherwise advised.

Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
RMIT University has a strict policy on academic integrity and plagiarism and. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your rights and responsibilities as a student can be found at  
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at

Credit transfer and RPL

Credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)


Assessment Matrix


The assessment mapping demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency and with the performance evidence, knowledge evidence and assessment conditions for each unit.

The Assessment Matrix is available on Blackboard.


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