Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5124C

Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Vivienne Decleva,  9925 4837,

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for an Enrolled/Division 2 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


1. Perform within legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice


2. Apply an understanding of the legal framework


3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice


4. Support the rights, interests and needs of clients and their families


5. Apply open disclosure processes

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

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

Teaching Schedule

This course is deliver in 7 3 hour session over phase 1 of the program.

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

Other Resources

Library resources including access to E-journals/books, databases and professional body links.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

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

A case study will be handed out at the commencement of the course, for completion once all the hours have been delivered.
The case will represent 100% of the required marks.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency assignment must be completed by due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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