Course Title: Research and report on nursing trends and practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Research and report on nursing trends and practice

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019


Bundoora Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term2 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019

Course Contact: Jaye Keating

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4845

Course Contact Email:

Course Description


This course describes the skills and knowledge required to identify research needs, source and analyse emerging trends and best practice in nursing and report on the outcomes of research to inform continuous improvement at a systemic or organisational level.


This course applies to enrolled nurses, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, who work in collaboration with registered nurses, and under direct or indirect supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.


This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTENN033 Research and report on nursing trends and practice


1. Identify research needs

2. Research nursing trends and best practice

3. Analyse researched information

4. Report on research

Learning Outcomes

The critical learning for this course takes place in clinical placement within the health sector and within simulations in RMIT laboratories.

You will be instructed in skills through demonstration, modelling and role-play. Skills development is supported by lectures on theory and underpinning knowledge, classroom discussions, group work, research and reflective practice.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify research needs.

    1.1 Identify opportunities for research through reflection on experience and outcomes of own nursing practice

    1.2 Work with professional colleagues in relation to systemic change and areas for collaborative research

    1.3 Identify and analyse internal and external factors that impact on the research process and the application of potential research outcomes

    1.4 Select a focus for research and develop objectives with clear links to workplace needs

  2. Research nursing trends and best practice.

    2.1 Develop and document a research plan that includes clear information about objectives and methodologies

    2.2 Assess and select research strategies suited to areas of focus

    2.3 Access and explore information about current, emerging and innovative ideas and trends in nursing practice

    2.4 Source and collate evidence-based information about nursing best practice

  3. Analyse researched information.

    3.1 Compare best practice evidence to current nursing practice and determine potential for development and change in own workplace

    3.2 Assess the strength, relevance, reliability and currency of information gathered by research in the context of the organisation’s current nursing practice

    3.3 Identify and analyse specific ways in which researched information may be used or adapted for workplace improvement

    3.4 Assess the feasibility, benefits and risks associated with researched information and its potential use

    3.5 Develop substantiated positions and ideas from research and analysis

  4. Report on research.

    4.1 Test and discuss positions developed from research through collaboration with colleagues

    4.2 Develop reports for relevant personnel using language and format appropriate to audience, purpose and context

    4.3 Incorporate reasoned argument and substantiated evidence into reporting

    4.4 Present research findings according to organisation standards and review processes


Overview of Assessment


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1:  Audit and Group Presentation

This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2:  Literature Review

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

You will be provided provided with an assessment overview for the course and a descriptor for each assessment task.

Feedback is provided on each assessment.