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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator: Pamela Maher


Phone: +61 3 9925 4299

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


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


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


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

Lesson 1 Apply the foundations of contemporary nursing practice

Lesson 2 Professional Practice & Performance Review

Lesson 3 Critical Thinking & Analysis

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kozier and Erbs ‘ Fundamentals of Nursing’. (2010). 1st edition. Pearson: Australia.


Other Resources

All Powerpoints are posted to student blackboard

Overview of Assessment

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

  • Classroom Activities
  • Reflective Journal

Assessment Tasks

Reflective Journal 20%

Written Assessment 80%

Assessment Matrix

See matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

Please refer to the RMIT assessment policies for, special consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments.


Re-submission of assessment

One further opportunity to demonstrate Clinical Lab competence, will be provided to students if not deemed Satisfactory at the time of clinical assessment.

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own:


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