Course Title: Research and report on nursing trends and practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: NURS5402C

Course Title: Research and report on nursing trends and practice

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

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5365 - Diploma of Nursing

Course Contact: Rosemarie Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 7478

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nurse Educator/ Course Co-ordinator

Kate Lamble 

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this unit of competency

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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTENN033 Research and report on nursing trends and practice


1. Identify research needs

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

All learning activities you will undertake within the course are designed to provide you with the research skills and knowledge required to perform to the standard expected in the health industry.

Learning activities include:

Face to Face tutorials- introduce you to the key concepts within the course

Online Activities - provide you with formative feedback and facilitate your learning as you progress through your course


Teaching Schedule


Semester 1

Week 1

Lesson 1 - Identify research needs

Week 2

Lesson 2 - Research nursing trends and best practice

Week 3

Lesson 3 - Library visit

Week 4

Lesson 4 - Analyse research information 

Week 6

Lesson 5 - Report on research


Lesson 6 - Review of research literature activities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including written, oral, practical tasks and activities.


You will be asked to personally demonstrate to your teacher/assessor the practical skills gained during this course to the relevant industry standards. Assessment activities will occur throughout this course and feedback will be provided at regular intervals

Assessment Tasks


There are two assessment tasks for this course. Successful completion of these assessments allows the student to demonstrate they are able to complete research activities and develop actions based on research outcomes


Assessment Task 1: Audit/ Group presentation.

This assessment consists of:

  • Participation in Hand hygiene Audit
  • Preparation and presentation of Poster and Power point presentation
  • Individual Written project report


Assessment Task 2: Literature Review

This assessment consists of:

  • A list of journal Articles on a variety of issues students will face in the workplace (as a resource).
  • A set of Questions to assess students’ knowledge on ability to critically analyse research articles about Nursing issues.


 You will need to be graded satisfactory on all assessment tasks to be deemed competent for this course.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student Page for extensive information about study support, assessments, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:



You are to attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensure the maximum opportunity and gain competency in the course.

Special consideration

Use the special consideration process if your circumstances are such that you cannot fulfil assessment requirements. For example, if you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by a due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Re submissions

You must be competent in all elements to successfully complete the course

You are permitted to have a maximum of 2 re submissions for this course; however each individual assessment may only be resubmitted once.

re submissions are not automatic and will only be approved at the discretion of the program coordinator after consultation with the teacher.

All re submissions must be completed and submitted no more than 7 days after our work has been assessed.

Please note an opportunity to repeat clinical placement is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the clinical Coordinator/Program Manager.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to

Working with Children Check and Police Check

This course requires a Working with Children Check and Police Check

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

If you think you have some or all of the knowledge and competencies described, please discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options with may be available to you with your Course Coordinator:

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