University of Technology Sydney

93228 Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A

6cp; 1hpw x 5 wks (lecture, online) and weekly drop-in sessions (online), 4hpw x 5wks (tutorial, on campus)
Requisite(s): 93224 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B AND 93229 Clinical Practice 3A
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This subject challenges students to begin to prepare for their transition into the role of a beginning graduate nurse and includes content related to professional issues and acute and chronic care across the lifespan.

Students receive an overview of the process for applying for new graduate nursing positions, including the application and interview process.

The professional accountability and responsibility of Registered Nurses is explored using an ethico-legal framework. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered Nurse Standards of Practice and Patient Safety Competency Framework (PCSF) is used as a guide to complex health care issues and decision making. Reference to current topics and case studies (including coronial cases) is used as stimulus for students to reflect on the actions of nurses where harm to patients has occurred, for example the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety . The subject further develops students' critical and analytical abilities, their competence with the variety of literacies required of professional practitioners, and their skill in the appropriate expression and communication of ideas.

The injury-focused clinical scenarios and patient studies that feature in this subject are based on Australia’s National Health Priority Areas and the impact of this health breakdown on morbidity and mortality. These align with those used in 93216 Clinical Practice 3A and are focused on the identification and management of deteriorating patients across the lifespan. In this context there is also discussion of the sepsis pathway. Patient safety is discussed using the Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF) as a guide.

A nursing researcher in the school is showcased in the subject to demonstrate the relevance and currency of nursing research.

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