University of Technology Sydney

92014 Role Transition and Professional Identity

6cp; lectures: 2hpw lecture & online materials; 2hpw tutorial
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



In this subject, students examine the registered nurse (RN) role and compare and contrast this role with other categories of health worker in varying contexts of practice. The subject places particular emphasis on addressing the developmental needs of enrolled nurses (EN) as they begin their educational transition to becoming an RN. Aspects explored include frameworks for clinical judgement and decision-making, intra and interprofessional health care and learning, approaches to quality health care, self-development and lifelong learning. Necessary components such as developing a professional attitude in the RN role, knowledge about professional nursing standards, role definition, and quality and safety provide sound scaffolding to enable clinical leadership. The concept of reflection is explored and forms part of the assessment. This subject outlines the transition of nursing as a profession and explores the approach to and knowledge required when making, or assisting patients, to make difficult ethical and legal decisions about their care. At the core of the subject is the view that a 'professional disposition' articulates with all subjects and that successful transition to a professional practitioner is optimised by this characteristic.

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Autumn session, City campus

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