Course Title: Preparation for Practice and Leadership

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preparation for Practice and Leadership

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Karen Livesay

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7070

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS) 


This course should be taken in your final year of study in the BP032 Bachelor of Nursing Program.

Course Description

This capstone course will prepare you for your transition into professional practice as a Registered Nurse. You will explore the many facets of working within a contemporary health care organisation. Using a systems theory approach, you will consider clinical governance, and health organisations. You will consider the notion of risk management and quality improvement as applied to nursing practice. Workplace issues such as change, conflict management, self-care in relation to stress and responsibilities associated with delegation will also be addressed. You will be required to integrate your prior and concurrent nursing knowledge, skills and their application to transition-to-practice

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

  • PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
  • PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships
  • PLO 3: Maintains the capability for practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the requirements to be met for entry into the professional practice role, including knowledge of the documentation required to support the graduate application process.
  2. Review the processes and structures that support the role of the Graduate Nurse in transition.
  3. Predict potential challenges and considerations you may meet as you embrace your career choice, identify relevant management strategies and explain the potential impact of stress, reality shock and burn out on the individual and the team.
  4. Discuss the notion of the “team” and identify the barriers and facilitators that influence team cohesiveness and performance.
  5. Elaborate on the role of the nurse in Lifelong Learning, Continuing Quality Improvement and Risk Management.
  6. Examine the responsibility of the professional nurse to maintain continuing competence throughout their career as a requirement of registration.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorial discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid consolidation of your theoretical knowledge and its application to the clinical practice setting.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, tutorials, podcasts and Lectopia/ Echo 306, Blogs and discussion board and group work.  

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of research and nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience.  The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your knowledge and application will be provided from peers and academic staff. Feedback to students is provided in a variety of ways including verbal and group feedback. Individual feedback is not always provided in a written format.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/ Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops and group activities. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

Overview of Assessment

 This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task:  Short answer quizzes x 2 (Online)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Written paper

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Assignment

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6