Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: NURS5124C

Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5246 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: Kalpana Raghunathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254809

Course Contact Email: kalpana

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kalpana Raghunathan

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


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for an enrolled 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:

HLTEN509A Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


HLTEN509A/01 Perform within legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice
HLTEN509A/02 Apply an understanding of the legal framework
HLTEN509A/03 Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice
HLTEN509A/04 Support the rights, interests and needs of clients and their families
HLTEN509A/05 Apply open disclosure processes

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrated knowledge and application of legislation, regulations and legal precedent, to Enrolled Nurse practice.

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures and classroom discussions.
Perform elements of competence as designated for this learning segment to the required standard during clinical placement.

Teaching Schedule

30 nominal hours consisting of 21 hours of classroom sessions throughout first semester and nine hours of clinical placement in the first placement. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2009. Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing. 3nd Ed Elsevier


Ed: Freegard H. 2007. Ethical Practice for Health Professionals. Thompson
Staunton. P, Chiarella. M. 2006. Nursing & the Law. 5th Edition. Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier

Other Resources

Johnstone. M. 4th Edition Bioethics a Nursing Perspective. Churchill Livingstone. Elsevier.

Overview of Assessment

Observation in the work place
Written assignments/case study
Questioning – verbal or written

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the workplace with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.
Written tests/ assignments
Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.

Assessment Matrix

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