Course Title: Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: NURS5324C

Course Title: Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: Bundoora Campus

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

Course Contact: Jaye Keating

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4845

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Gabrielle Young


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

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisites:

  • HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • HLTEN507C Administer and monitor medication in the work environment


Course Description

This competency unit describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to providing nursing care for clients with complex needs

The knowledge and skills described in this competency unit are to be applied within jurisdictional nursing and midwifery regulatory authority legislative requirements
Enrolled/Division 2 nursing work is to be carried out in consultation/collaboration with registered nurses and under direct or indirect supervisory arrangements in line with jurisdictional regulatory requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN505C Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients


1. Perform nursing interventions to assist client with complex needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Perform nursing interventions based on a predetermined care plan to address identified client needs

1.2 Reflect the individuality of the client in nursing interventions

1.3 Undertake nursing interventions with respect for client's dignity

1.4 Accommodate cultural, spiritual and religious issues in the performance of nursing interventions

1.5 Encourage the client to assist in the performance of nursing interventions if able

1.6 Consider physical, emotional and psychosocial needs in the performance of nursing interventions

1.7 Perform nursing interventions according to professional, legal and health care environment requirements

1.8 Document effective and non-effective responses and report to the registered nurse or most appropriate person in line with policy



2. Advocate for clients in health and/or community settings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Support and encourage clients to exercise their rights and personal choices

2.2 Assess client's ability to advocate for self

2.3 Identify issues that uphold the rights of the client and support their reasonable expectations

2.4 Identify and address potential conflicts of interests

2.5 Develop, initiate and implement strategies to address clients in consultation/collaboration with appropriate personnel



3. Contribute to the nursing care of clients with common disorders/conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Provide nursing care appropriate to the management of specific disorders/conditions

3.2 Monitor the client's response/reaction to medication provided to address specific disorders/conditions

3.3 Observe, report and document client reactions and/or responses to management and medication provided

3.4 Promptly refer to the registered nurse any reactions, responses or variations to normal or expected outcomes


Learning Outcomes

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

• Perform nursing interventions to assist client with complex needs
• Advocate for clients in health and community settings
• Contribute to the nursing care of clients with common disorders/conditions.

Details of Learning Activities


  • Classroom Teacher delivery
  • Group work
  • Self directed learning
  • Practical skills laboratory sessions

Teaching Schedule


Teaching Schedule



Lesson 1 & 2 - Introduction, Eye, Ear and ENT

Lesson 3,4,5 & 6 - Cardiovascular System

Lesson 7,8,9 & 10 - Respiratory System

Lab sessions 1 & 2 - ECG and Oxygen Therapy

Lesson 11 & 12 - Integumentary & Endocrine Systems

Lesson 13,14,15 & 16 - Neurological/Nervous  System

Lesson 17 & 18 - Perioperative care and Tropical Diseases

Lesson 19 & 20 - Sepsis & Shock

Lesson 21,22,23 & 24 - Renal & Reproductive Systems

Lab session 3 & 4 - IDC & FBC

Lesson 25 & 26 - GIT

Lesson 27 & 28 - Musculoskeletal System 

Lesson 29 & 30 - Blood Dyscrasias & Blood Transfusions.

Lesson 31 & 32 - Review

Lesson 33 & 34 - Review

Lab sessions 5,6, - Venepuncture

Lab session  7&8 - Assessment for Practical skills


This unit of competency is co-delivered with HLTEN513B Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems; and HLTEN512B Implement and monitor nursing care of clients with acute health problems 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

  Berman, A., Snyder, S., Kozier, B. & Erb, G., (2012). Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing: Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (9th ed.). Pearson, Australia


Other Resources


The assessment resources for this unit is the recommended text:

Brown, D. and Edwards, H., (Ed) (2014) Lewis’s medical surgical nursing; assessment and management of clinical problems (4th ed.) Elsevier Australia.

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

Marieb, E.N., (2014) Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (11th ed.) Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco

Tollefson, J., (2014) Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing students (5th ed.) South Melbourne: Cengage Learning. 

Blackboard videos - Online eLearning -  Clinical Transfusion Practice

Overview of Assessment

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

  • Written Examination / Written Assessment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Online module completion
  • Clinical Placement

Assessment Tasks


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. Online Quizzes x 2

2. Workbook Part A & B

3. Online eLearning - Clinical Transfusion practice

4. Practical skills  - safe demonstration of nominated practical skills (formative assessment)

5. 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 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

Other Information


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

The Student must demonstrate safe and satisfactory practise in all Practical skills, if unsafe the  student is to reflect on their own practice and will be directed to the Course and Program Coordinator.

This unit is delivered in conjunction with HLTEN512B and HLTEN513B 

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.

Re-submission or Re-assessment of an Assessment Task:

There are no re-submissions 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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