University of Technology Sydney

93201 Foundations of Nursing Practice 1 A

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

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.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Explain the legal and professional requirements of the Codes of Conduct and Ethics for nurses and the Registered Nurse Standards of Practice in Australia
B. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of person-centred care, dignity, professional boundaries and therapeutic communication
C. Demonstrate a beginning level understanding of cultural awareness, safety and competence, inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples
D. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of critical thinking and clinical reasoning, including types of clinical reasoning errors and implications for patient safety
E. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of types of research and evidence-based practice including the ability to perform effective searches to locate evidence and adhere to the principles of academic integrity
F. Explain the principles of infection control as they relate to nursing practice
G. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the principles of Medication safety as they relate to safe patient care

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Demonstrates an ability to provide holistic and compassionate care that takes into account peoplesí lived experience, views and feelings. (1.1)
  • Demonstrates accountability and responsibility while working within professional codes and standards. (2.1)
  • Uses information and communication technologies to access valid sources of evidence. (4.1)
  • Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice. (4.2)
  • Accesses, appraises and critiques multiple sources of evidence and transfers knowledge to practice. (4.3)
  • Uses clinical reasoning skills to accurately assess, interpret and respond to patient data in a systematic and timely manner. (6.2)
  • Recognises and responds to human and systems factors that have the potential to jeopardise patient safety. (7.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

Each 6-unit subject requires at least 140 hours of work (including face-to-face and self-directed learning activities) to successfully complete academic requirements.

In this subject, you will participate in a range of teaching and learning strategies.

Lectures and online learning materials
This subject benefits from both the real time delivery of content and access to online resources including podcasts, videos and learning modules. Students are provided with the resources to complete approximately 60-90 minutes of preparatory work to enable engagement during face-to-face tutorials. Online lectures will enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology, and engage with nursing leaders who are experts in their field.

Tutorials
Students will be supported and guided by a tutor and also work in pairs and groups to unpack the tutorial content using patient stories and clinical scenarios. In class content is structured to contribute to the required assessment tasks.

Students will be provided feedback from their tutor and peers with the opportunity to collaborate and develop interpersonal, communication and reflective skills.

Content (topics)

  • Introduction to the Australian health care system
  • Professional conduct
  • Values and ethics
  • Dignity, privacy and confidentiality
  • Introduction to medication safety
  • Introduction to critical thinking & clinical reasoning
  • Person centred care & family centred care
  • Introduction to cultural safety as it relates to Aboriginal and Torres’ Strait Islander people
  • Therapeutic communication, therapeutic relationships & professional boundaries
  • Evidence based practice including locating appropriate peer reviewed articles
  • Infection control as it relates to nursing practice
  • Holistic health
  • Introduction to health assessments
  • Self-care & mindfulness
  • Manual handling

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Medication Safety online module & quiz

Intent:

Students will develop their understanding of the various causes of medication errors and the knowledge and skills needed to help prevent errors from occurring.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

D and G

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

4.1 and 4.2

Weight: 20%
Length:

Part A: As required
Part B: 10 MCQ in 10 Minutes

Assessment task 2: Person Centred Care Case Study

Intent:

Students to demonstrate an understanding of person-centred care and how to incoporate this in to their nursing practice

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

B, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 4.1 and 6.2

Weight: 45%
Length:

1500 words

Criteria:

Marking criteria will be provided on Canvas.

Assessment task 3: Final in-class test

Intent:

Students to demonstrate an understanding of the content covered in the subject, including tutorials and lectures.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, D, E and G

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 2.1, 4.3, 6.2 and 7.2

Weight: 35%
Length:

1 hour

Criteria:

Marking criteria will be provided on Canvas.

Required texts

Berman, A. et al (Eds). (2020). Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing, Volumes 1-3. 5th edition. Melbourne, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Levett-Jones, T. (Ed). (2017). Clinical Reasoning: Learning to think like a Nurse. 2nd edition. Melbourne, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Recommended texts

Barraclough, B. & Levett-Jones, T. (Eds). (2019). Critical Conversations for Patient Safety: An Essential Guide for Healthcare Students. 2nd edition. Melbourne, Australia: Pearson Australia.

References

Details of references used in this subject will be provided on Canvas.

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