NATS 0009 Health Communication (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900081

Coordinator Ryan Sidoti Opens in new window

Description Health Care Professionals work in an environment where a high level of communication with others is of paramount importance. Oral, written and interpersonal communication skills form the cornerstone of good professional practice. This unit is designed to help students develop self-awareness, increase their confidence and skills in communicating with others in preparation for the practicum experiences during their undergraduate studies.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 1382 - Nursing Communication (UWSC)

Restrictions This subject is only available to College students enrolled in Foundation Studies programs.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify verbal and non-verbal cues and how they relate to health.
  2. Employ different types of questioning, speaking and listening skills and demonstrate an awareness of their benefits and limitations.
  3. Reflect on own communication strengths and areas for improvement and how these impact on subjective and objective communication.
  4. Examine the impact of cultural and situational context on communication when working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Provide evidence of written and verbal communication skills used in a range of contexts including data entry, charts, journals, reports and publicity (this includes the appropriate use of medical terminology).
  6. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills used in team work and holistic practice.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to work legally and ethically within healthcare.

Subject Content

Understanding communication and its application in health and nursing: verbal, non-verbal and textual
Introduction to cultural and situational sensitivity, safety and competences.
Working ethically, legally, collaboratively and effectively in health care
The importance of reflection and self-awareness and its influence on communication, learning and the relationship to professional life
The practice of health & nursing: examining contexts for professional practice & implications for communication such as effective listening & professional documentation
Understanding communication and its application in health and nursing: verbal, non-verbal and textual
Introduction to cultural and situational sensitivity, safety and competences.
Working ethically, legally, collaboratively and effectively in health care
The importance of reflection and self-awareness and its influence on communication, learning and the relationship to professional life
The practice of health & nursing: examining contexts for professional practice & implications for communication such as effective listening & professional documentation
Understanding communication and its application in health and nursing: verbal, non-verbal and textual
Introduction to cultural and situational sensitivity, safety and competences.
Working ethically, legally, collaboratively and effectively in health care
The importance of reflection and self-awareness and its influence on communication, learning and the relationship to professional life
The practice of health & nursing: examining contexts for professional practice & implications for communication such as effective listening & professional documentation

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Reflection: Written task 700 words 20% N Individual
Presentation: Role play of professional practice scenario In-class - 10 mins 20% N Group
Professional Task: Charting and Progress Notes In-class - 75 mins 35% N Individual
Simulation: Oral and listening assessment that reflects professional practice In-class - 30 mins 25% N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 2

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Ryan Sidoti Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Nirimba Education Precinct

Day

Subject Contact Ryan Sidoti Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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