Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5282C

Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

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: leeanne.mond@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

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

NIL PRE REQUISITES  OR CO REQUISITIES

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse to perform within the legal and ethical parameters of professional practice, supporting client rights and meeting duty of care requirements


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN509B Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Element:

1. Perform within legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice
2. Apply an understanding of the legal framework
3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice
4. Support the rights, interests and needs of clients and their families
5. Apply open disclosure processes
 

Performance Criteria:

 

1.1       Apply a clear understanding of legal and regulatory acts/guidelines as they impact on nursing practice

1.2       Address the implications of current legislation as incorporated into nursing practice

1.3       Apply codes of ethics, code of conduct and Enrolled/Division 2 nursing competency standards in nursing practice

1.4       Function within the scope of jurisdictional Enrolled/Division 2 nurse practice

1.5       Handle client complaints sensitively and in line with organisation policies and procedures

1.6       Refer all requests for client information to a registered nurse as per state/territory legislation and organisation policies and procedures

 

2.1       Work with an understanding of how the law operates in relation to nursing practice with regard to legal processes, principle and penalties

2.2       Accurately apply concepts of negligence, duty of care and vicarious liability to professional practice as an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse

2.3       Apply a clear understanding of the requirement to obtain consent to treatment

2.4       Apply principles of restraint appropriately, with a clear understanding of their intent and use

2.5       Use common legal terms associated with nursing practice with a clear understanding of their meaning and implications for nursing practice

2.6       Apply the legal requirements and expectations in relation to report writing in nursing practice

2.7       Apply mandatory reporting processes in line with jurisdictional requirements

2.8       Apply client privacy and confidentiality practices in line with legislative requirements and organisation policies and procedures

2.9  When referral or request for test is received, ensure nature and requirements of test are correctly identified

3.1       Work with a clear understanding of the concept of ethics and its place in nursing practice

3.2       Demonstrate ethical practice in all interactions with clients, relatives and carers and colleagues

3.3       Identify, document and report any potential ethical issues as and if they arise

3.4       Maintain an awareness of contemporary ethical issues that may impact on nursing practice

3.5       Develop and implement strategies to resolve ethical issues within practice

3.6       Take responsibility for addressing ethical issues and legal requirements in line with own nursing role

3.7       Complete all documentation in accordance with state/territory legislation and organisation policies and procedures

3.8  Monitor compliance with legal obligations and requirements

4.1       Comply with legal responsibilities and duty of care in all care activities and interactions with clients and their families and carers

4.2       Support client rights, interests and decisions

4.3       Encourage the client to exercise their rights to make informed decisions regarding their care

4.4       Demonstrate respect and support for the dignity of clients and their families

4.5  Act as an advocate for client and family in line with jurisdictional Enrolled/Division 2 nurse scope of practice

5.1       Work with an understanding of the principles and processes of open disclosure in a health care environment

5.2       Work with an understanding of the role of open disclosure within own role as an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse

5.3  Work with an understanding of the roles of other health care workers in relation to open disclosure  


Learning Outcomes


At the end of this course the student should be able to:


• Perform within the legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice
• Apply an understanding of the legal framework
• Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice
• Support the rights, interests and needs of clients and their families
• Apply open disclosure processes
 


Details of Learning Activities

 

Learning activities include:

  • Classroom Teacher delivery
  • Group work
  • Self directed learning
  • Research
  • Practical sessions
  • Clinical placement


Teaching Schedule

 

LESSONTOPIC
1Nursing and the law
2Nursing and civil law
3Ethics in nursing
4Legal aspects on life and death
5The role of the Coroner
6Complaints and open disclosure
7Cases scenarios

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

 

The recommended text for this unit is:

Kozier, B,and Erbs, G., (2014) Fundamentals of Nursing (3rd ed.) Pearson, Australia. (Volumes 1 - 3)

Blackboard videos


Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowlegefor this unit of competency will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Case studies
  • Written Assessment
  • Clinical Placement


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. Online quiz (all questions must be answered correctly)

2. Open-disclosure e-Learning module

3. Clinical placement

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 www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration 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 visitwww.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension or speak to your Program Coordinator.
OR:
• 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 www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration 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”http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/learninglab/ . 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. www.rmit.edu.au/students/academic-integrity
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 athttp://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/rights-and-responsibilities  
This course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced at www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment

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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;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.

Other Information

 

The assessment resource for this unit is the recommended text:

Kozier, B,and Erbs, G., (2014) Fundamentals of Nursing (3rd ed.) Pearson, Australia. (Volumes 1 - 3)

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

In order to be assessed as 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:

There are no resubmissions of assessments which are Not Satisfactory. However individual consideration may be given in consultation with the Teacher and 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.

 

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