Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5417 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 30

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Course Contact: Suzie Cicero

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925-1812

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Course Description

 In this course you will learn the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work within legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTENN041 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


1. Practise within scope of professional nursing practice.

2. Apply legal framework to nursing practice.

3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.

4. Support the rights, interests and needs of the person, families and carers.

5. Apply open disclosure processes.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

During the Diploma of Nursing (HLT54121), you will complete 400 hours of compulsory unpaid clinical placements, across four phases (semesters).  Aged Care 120 hours, Mental Health and Primary Health 80 hours each and Acute Care 120 hours.

You must meet all the unit/course requirements before you are eligible for clinical placement, this includes immunisations, NDIS check, Working with Childrens and Police check. If you do not meet these requirements, you may incur a penalty in the form of a fine.