University of Technology Sydney

93201 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 A

6cp; 1hpw x 5 wks (lectures, online), 4hpw x 5 wks (10 x 2hrs tutorials)
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This subject provides an introduction to the nursing profession and includes topics related to professional issues and concepts distinctive to nursing. There is an introduction to patient safety guided by the elements of the Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF). Topics covered include the professional codes and standards that govern nursing, including the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, International Council of Nurses’ Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. Students develop a beginning understanding of person -centred care across the lifespan; therapeutic relationships, critical thinking and clinical reasoning. They explore concepts related to dignity, privacy and confidentiality, professional boundaries, scope of practice and culturally safe and appropriate care. Students are introduced to nursing research and the concept of evidence-based practice. This includes how to locate and appraise evidence at a beginning level, as well as the principles of academic integrity. Students develop an understanding of the principles of infection control as it relates to clinical practice and are introduced to basic nursing care concepts that align with those covered in 93202 Preparation for Clinical Practice using common patient stories and scenarios. A nursing researcher in the school is showcased in the subject to demonstrate the relevance and currency of nursing research.

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