NURS 7073 Nursing Practice 1

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Tai Kwok 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 unit includes 160 hours of Professional Experience Placement.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NURS 7069

Co-requisite(s) NURS 7077

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4785 - Master of Nursing Practice (Graduate Entry).

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. Understand the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards and justify the principles of safe medication administration in clinical scenarios and their application in simulated and clinical learning environments.
  2. Demonstrate competence in maintaining accurate, comprehensive, and timely documentation of assessments and nursing care plans incorporating principles of diversity, culture, inclusion and cultural safety for all people.
  3. Communicate effectively within interprofessional teams in a clinical scenario.
  4. Use evidence to support a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information to develop knowledge and integrate care across the lifespan.
  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

Major content:
- integrate knowledge of Regional, national and Global health priorities
- application of The national safety and quality health services Standards
- understand The aged care quality Standards and apply to Nursing practice development
- assessment, Admission procedures and The Nursing history
- recognising and Responding to The deteriorating patient Utilising A person-centred approach and across The life span
- Incorporate The principles of diversity, culture, inclusion and cultural safety for all people in The development of A plan of care- Perioperative care
- Numeracy ? medication calculations
- clinical Practicum
- Working in multi-disciplinary teams
- health informatics and health Technology ? Electronic charting
- Health assessment care history related to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander:
- child experiencing A compound Fracture
- family focused care
Core Practice Skills:
- Nursing Admission/history/discharge planning
- hand hygiene
- Apply National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards in the assessment and care of the person requiring perioperative care including: Preventing falls and harm from falls; Medication Safety; Preventing and managing pressure injuries; Preventing an
- variations in nutrition & elimination - ostomy care, enteral nutrition tubes, Urinary diversion, and catheterisation care
- assessment of Wound healing and Wound management: sutures, clips and drains
- Neurovascular observations: fractures
- pain assessment & management
- Administration of Schedule 4 & 8 medications
- fluid & electrolyte Balance, Intravenous fluids

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements Legislative Prerequisites

To be eligible to enrol in a subject and attend a health-related placement in your program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements and Special Legislative Requirements to be assessed in their first year of study against the following:
1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current (expiring 3 years from date of issue) check valid for their entire program. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a Clinical Placement Authority Card (CPAC) or conditional letter from the NSW HealthShare Employment Screening and Review Unit
International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.
2. A NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter issued under the category of volunteer valid for their entire program.
3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire program.  Approved provider courses can be found at
4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results containing expiry dates and currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course.
5. NSW Undertaking/Declaration form.
6. Completed any additional health forms required (such as NSW Health Code of Conduct, Health Student Undertaking/Declaration and Tuberculosis (TB) Assessment Tool).
7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your School for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub website:


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
Simulation 30 minutes S?U Y Individual
Viva Voce 15 minutes S/U Y Individual
Practical Exam 1 hour S/U Y Individual
Participation 100% S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 160 hours S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


Subject Contact Tai Kwok 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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