NURS 7073 Nursing Practice 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401460

Coordinator Joan Lynch Opens in new window

Description Nursing Practice 1 focuses on the development of the role and skills of the registered nurse when assessing and providing care for people across the lifespan who are experiencing acute, but usually resolvable conditions. A simulated professional task will assist with the development of essential clinical communications and simulated skills assessment and a professional experience placement will support clinical skill development. The subject includes 160 hours of Professional Experience Placement.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline General Nursing

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

Check your fees via the Fees page.

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) NURS 3040 Foundations of Nursing Practice
NURS 7077 Pharmacology Knowledge for Nursing Practice
NURS 7071 Introduction to Alterations in Health


Students must be enrolled in program 4785 - Master of Nursing Practice (Preregistration).

Assumed Knowledge

Well development basic nursing skills and knowledge related to safe medication administration.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Justify the principles of safe medication administration in clinical scenarios and their application in simulated and clinical learning environments. 
  2. Exhibit competence in maintaining accurate, comprehensive, and timely documentation of assessments and nursing care plans
  3. Communicate effectively within interprofessional teams in a clinical scenario.
  4. Investigate evidence to support a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information to develop knowledge and integrate care
  5. Competently perform safe medication administration, with a focus of non-parenteral and parenteral medications, and the application for people who are experiencing acute but usually resolvable conditions in a simulated and clinical learning environment.

 6. Practise in accordance with legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and other relevant     standards  or requirements in nursing.

Subject Content

  1. Principles of nursing frameworks
  2. The experience of pain and pain management during the perioperative period
  3. Assessment, admission procedures and the Nursing History
  4. Accesses and analyses the best available evidence, for safe, quality practice
  5. Recognising and Responding to Variations in Health Status Bowel Cancer, Fractures, Crohn’s disease
  6. Ulcerative colitis, Breast cancer
  7. Perioperative and post-operative care
  8. Fluid Balance & Fluid replacement
  9. Numeracy – medication calculations
  10. Working in multi-disciplinary teams
  11. Health informatics and health technology – electronic charting
  12. Application of legal-ethical principles
  13. Family focused care
  14. Clinical Practicum

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements Legislative Prerequisites

To be eligible to enrol in this unit and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements
Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your course.

Special Requirements
Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements
To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.
Please ensure that you
1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.
International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements
Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as
If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website

Other non-health related requirements.
Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW Students only)

Essential equipment

Essential equipment

Students must wear the School of Nursing and Midwifery clinical uniform, including correct fully enclosed ALL black shoes [that meet WHS requirements - Shoes must be low heeled, fully enclosed, non-slip soles (Reeboks, joggers, sandshoes, sneakers, gym shoes, sandals, slippers, ballet shoes, etc. are NOT acceptable)] to all CPU classes and the clinical placement. The uniform can be purchased from the retail store on campus.
Access to an internet enabled device is essential in order to be able to: access course materials; to participate in discussion groups; and to access additional resources provided by the lecturer during the session. See for further information.


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task 30 minutes S/U Y Individual
Professional Task 10 minutes S/U Y Individual
Practical Exam 25 minutes S/U Y Individual
Participation All teaching weeks S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 160 hours S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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