Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5365 Diploma of Nursing

Course Title: Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term1 2017,
Term1 2018


Bundoora Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Term1 2017,
Term1 2018

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 within work legal and ethical parameters in professional nursing practice, including supporting rights and meeting duty of care requirements.


This course applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under 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.

This course includes clinical placement.

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:

HLTENN008 Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice


1. Perform within scope of professional nursing practice.

2. Apply knowledge of the legal framework to nursing practice.

3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.

4. Support the rights, interests and needs of the person and their family.

5. Apply open disclosure processes.

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. Perform within scope of professional nursing practice.

    1.1 Identify legal and regulatory requirements including Acts and guidelines, and explain how these requirements impact own nursing practice.

    1.2 Comply with requirements of current legislation related to nursing practice and identify implications of non-compliance.

    1.3 Apply codes of ethics, codes of conduct and the content of enrolled nurse competency standards for practice in own nursing practice.

    1.4 Function within the scope of jurisdictional requirements for enrolled nurse practice.

    1.5 Respond to each person in accordance with organisation policy and procedures, including responding appropriately and sensitively to complaints.

    1.6 Refer outside requests for a person’s information to a registered nurse.

    1.7 Complete all documentation in accordance with State/Territory legislation and organisation policy and procedures.

    1.8 Monitor own compliance with legal obligations and requirements.

  2. Apply knowledge of the legal framework to nursing practice.

    2.1 Demonstrate knowledge of relevant law, including legal processes, principles and penalties in own nursing practice.

    2.2 Accurately apply concepts of negligence, duty of care and vicarious liability to professional practice as an enrolled nurse.

    2.3 Obtain required consent to treatment from each person before undertaking treatment or processes.

    2.4 Apply principles of restraint appropriately, demonstrating the correct intent and application of restraint.

    2.5 Use correct common legal terms associated with nursing practice, and correctly interpret their meaning and implications for nursing practice.

    2.6 Apply legal requirements and organisation expectations and requirements in writing reports in own nursing practice.

    2.7 Apply mandatory reporting processes in line with jurisdictional requirements.

    2.8 Observe the person’s privacy and confidentiality requirements in accordance with legislative requirements and organisation policy and procedures.

    2.9 Interpret referrals or requests for tests on receipt, ensuring the nature and requirements of tests are correctly identified, and seek clarification where required.

  3. Apply ethical concepts to clinical practice.

    3.1 Identify and describe the concept of ethics and its place in nursing practice.

    3.2 Demonstrate ethical practice in own interactions with the person and their family or carers and colleagues.

    3.3 Maintain own awareness of contemporary ethical issues and potential conflicts of interest that may impact nursing practice.

    3.4 Identify, document and report potential ethical issues in accordance with organisation policies and procedures.

    3.5 Develop and implement strategies to resolve ethical issues within own nursing practice in accordance with role parameters.

  4. Support the rights, interests and needs of the person and their family.

    4.1 Comply with legal responsibilities and duty of care requirements in all care activities and other interactions with the person, their family and carer.

    4.2 Support the person’s rights, interests and decisions.

    4.3 Encourage the person to exercise their right to make informed decisions about their care.

    4.4 Demonstrate respect and support for the dignity of the person and their family members.

    4.5 Advocate for the person, their family or carer in accordance with jurisdictional enrolled nurse scope of practice.

  5. Apply open disclosure processes.

    5.1 Research and reflect on the practice of open disclosure and how it applies to own role as an enrolled nurse.

    5.2 Apply the principles and processes of open disclosure in own work in a health care environment.

    5.3 Identify the roles of other health care workers in relation to open disclosure.

Overview of Assessment

 This 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

Students must pass each of the following assessment tasks to demonstrate competent.

Assessment tasks



Assessment 1

Written research (Online)

Assessment 2

Case study (Online)

Assessment 3

Clinical placement


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.