University of Technology Sydney

92017 Health Assessment and Nursing Therapeutics

6cp; 3hpw (lecture), 9hpw (laboratories)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



This subject focuses on assisting students to understand the role of the registered nurse (RN) and the way in which nursing care is planned and delivered in Australia. Students are introduced to nursing as a patient-centred therapeutic process and a skilled activity that aims to promote and maintain health in primary and acute care. Nursing is considered within a trans-disciplinary framework and emphasis is placed on comprehensive patient health assessments, promoting and maintaining health by encouraging and reinforcing positive health practices and preventing health breakdown through early detection and intervention. After the completion of this subject students have developed the knowledge and skills to identify patient needs, provide essential nursing care safely, and begun to understand actual and potential problems that can be experienced by patients. Students explore elective and emergency clinical presentations and propose and implement appropriate evidence-based interventions. Skills in prioritisation, effective verbal and written communication, clinical decision-making and an introduction to nursing leadership is incorporated. This subject facilitates a smooth transition into the accelerated program of the Bachelor of Nursing.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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