NURS 7064 Clinical Teaching and Workplace Learning for Competent Practice

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Linda Gregory Opens in new window

Description This unit prepares educators and clinicians for their role in clinical education by examining educational theory and its relevance and application to teaching and learning in the clinical workplace. Students will identify and operationalise key priorities for learning and teaching in their organisation and address these by providing appropriate and relevant teaching and learning experiences that build the capacity of colleagues (this can also be extended to include patient and family education). The unit also explores the principles and challenges that are associated with the assessment of competence and the strategies that can be utilised to further develop the knowledge and skills of the clinical educator in the professional practice environment.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 7676 - Clinical Teaching and Professional Development NURS 7014 - Clinical Teaching and Professional Development

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Examine the role of clinical teaching and workplace learning for building workforce capacity.
  2. Apply educational theory to construct meaningful clinical workplace learning experiences.
  3. Discuss the role of professional practice standards for nurses and midwives and the importance of these standards for the protection of the public.
  4. Critically analyse the impact of clinical teaching and learning on patient outcomes.
  5. Identify and explain the principles and challenges associated with competency assessment in nursing and midwifery.
  6. Perform a competency assessment, providing a comprehensive written report that communicates findings from the assessment carried out.
  7. Outline the principles concerning performance development and construct a performance development plan.
  8. Critically reflect on and evaluate their own performance as an assessor during and after conducting competency assessments.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of continuing professional development as a means of advancing professional knowledge and maintaining recency and competency for clinical practice.

Subject Content

Building workforce capacity and the impact of this for better patient outcomes
Teaching in the clinical setting/ opportunities for learning
Education and workplace learning theories (psychological, sociological and postmodern)
Workplaces as learning environments /learning through the demands of practice
Interprofessional education: Learning about, from and with others
The clinical learning curriculum
Patient and family/carer education
The roles of the clinical educator, legislative frameworks and standards/ scope of practice
Principles of competency assessment and attainment
Performance development strategies and evaluation


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
Essay 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Report 3,000 words 60 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



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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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