NURS 7074 Nursing Practice 2

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Tai Kwok Opens in new window

Description Nursing Practice 2 focuses on the development of the role and skills of the registered nurse when providing care for people experiencing an acute exacerbation of a chronic condition. A simulated professional task will assist with the development of essential clinical communications and simulated skills assessment and 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 7073

Co-requisite(s) NURS 7068 AND
NURS 7066

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

Assumed Knowledge

Primary health care, foundational knowledge of human biological sciences including human body
systems, immunity, wound healing, infection control, basic concepts in pharmacology and
pathophysiology and the relationship to nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Incorporate the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards to practice safe medication administration in complex clinical scenarios and their application in simulated and clinical learning environments.
  2. Evaluate nursing care plans by monitoring progress towards the expected goals, health outcomes and interdisciplinary interventions.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with people, including members of the interdisciplinary health care team, to facilitate positive health outcomes.
  4. Utilise an evidence-based approach to assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care in a simulated and clinical learning environment.
  5. Competently perform safe medication administration, with a focus of non-parenteral and parenteral medications, for people experiencing an acute exacerbation of a chronic condition or illness 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:
1. Apply the regional, national and global health priority areas of cardiovascular health, asthma, diabetes mellitus, arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, and mental health across the lifespan
2. Apply National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards:
- Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
- Medication Safety
- Patient Identification and Procedure Matching
- Clinical Handover
- Blood and Blood Products
- Preventing and managing pressure injuries
- Preventing falls and harm from falls
3. Development of person-centred assessment, admission and nursing history respecting principles of diversity, culture, inclusion and lifespan
4. Recognising and responding to deterioration in health status
5. Nursing care and management
6. Numeracy - medication calculation
7. Working in multi-disciplinary teams
8. Clinical practicum
Core Practice Skills:
1. Nursing assessment
- respiratory assessment (including lung auscultation and chest x-rays)
- cardiovascular assessment (including pulses, peripheral vascular disease)
- neuromuscular assessment and gait
- alterations in swallowing
2. Assessing variations in health status
- 12 lead ECG
- Cardiac monitoring
- O2 saturations
- spirometry
- vital signs
- work of breathing
3. Responding to variations in vital signs and health parameters
- prioritising care
- O2 therapy (delivery devices, home O2)
- medication therapy (eg. nebulisers, MDIs, anginine, anti-hypertensives)
- interpretation of common blood tests
4. Safety
- hand hygiene
- mobility assessment and management
- assessment of risk for aspiration
- accurate medication calculation and administration
- care of a person with a seizure
- care of a person at risk of harm to self or others
5. IV medication administration, complex
- Fluid & electrolyte balance
- IV medication administration
- IV Blood products administration
- introduction to chemotherapy
6. Communication skills
- person who is delirious, individual who is agitated
- substance use withdrawal
- depressed and anxious person
- assisting a distressed family, carers
Indicative Case Histories:
1. Cardiovascular and Neurovascular health ? Congestive Heart Failure, angina, PVD, Stroke, Hypertension
2. Respiratory heath - COPD, pneumonia, Child experiencing acute asthma
3. Cancer control ? leukaemia
4. Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions ? Rheumatoid, Septic arthritis
5. Injury prevention and control ? Aged persons with neurodegenerative disorders
6. Diabetes Mellitus ? Child with Type 1 ? Aged person Type 2 diabetes
7. Mental Health & Wellbeing - anxiety, depression
8. Aged person with chronic illness ? Osteoarthritis

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
Numerical Problem Solving 30 minutes S/U Y Individual
Simulation 20 minutes S/U Y Individual
Participation 100% S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 160 hours S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance 160 hours S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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