Course Outline

NUR226 Preparation for Practice 2

Course Coordinator:Janneka Banks ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie


Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this developing course, you will utilise prior knowledge to plan and implement therapeutic, evidence-based interventions and care. The emphasis is on safe medication practice, underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHSS) that are essential for the provision of safe quality health care.  You will further develop your critical thinking and problem solving using clinical case scenarios in the nursing laboratory. You will review and reflect on your learning in order to develop your practice in preparation for NUR227 Clinical Practice 2 in order to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Registered nurse standards for practice at a developing level.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching materials and options for lecturer and peer to peer collaborations, and lecturer and peer zoom drop ins. 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus nursing laboratory 3hrs Week 1 8 times

Course Topics

Introduction to course. Consolidation of medication calculation concepts. Principles of safe medication administration. Clinical documentation and early warning tools. Pre-operative care.

Intravenous therapy. Anti-microbial stewardship.

Post-operative care. Oxygenation. Pain assessment and management.

National health priorities.

Lifespan considerations; contexts of nursing practice.

Health literacy, diversity, comprehensive care and cultural considerations. Culturally safe person-centred care when meeting the health care needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Interpret and use evidence and critical thinking skills in person-centred assessment and care planning, that are appropriate for the person’s identity, culture and experiences. Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate knowledge of safe medication practice and evidence-based nursing practice in a range of pharmacotherapeutic interventions. Knowledgeable
3 Self-appraise your skill development in care planning and safe, evidence-based care. Creative and critical thinker
4 Demonstrate knowledgeable, safe nursing practice and effective communication within the nursing team and the multidisciplinary team to ensure safe nursing practice in a simulated environment. Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


NUR116 and NUR117 or NUR141 and enrolled in Program SC391, SC392.


NUR231 and NUR241


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

As attained in pre-requisite courses.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback will be provided commencing week 3. This will assist you with reinforcing concepts relating to the following coursework and assessments.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual
3 hours
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual
30 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Test (Quiz)
All 3a Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual
15 minutes
Week 4 In Class
All 3b Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual
20 minutes
Week 8 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Check In Check Out Assessment
The goal of this task is for you to actively participate in the nursing laboratories to develop the knowledge and skills required for safe nursing practice.
Product: Activity Participation
You are required to submit evidence of participation in the nursing laboratories linked to your learning needs for 6 of the 8 weeks. Information about the assessment is available in Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Active participation in nursing laboratories
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Medication Administration Quiz
The purpose of this task is for you to demonstrate your knowledge of key concepts related to safe medication administration.
Product: Quiz/zes
You will be required to complete an online quiz linked to the weekly course topics and learning materials. 100% pass mark is required to pass this assessment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correct medication calculations.
Principles of safe medication administration.
All - Assessment Task 3a:Scenario based clinical exam preparation and peer assessment - Formative
The goal of this task is to seek formative feedback on your development of nursing practice knowledge and skills.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
In the nursing laboratory you will complete a scenario based clinical assessment. In pairs you will complete the assessment and seek feedback from your peer and tutor. The scenario will be based on the previous learning.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Communicate effectively to ensure safe nursing practice within the multidisciplinary team.
Interpret and use evidence and critical thinking skills in person-centred assessment and care planning, that are appropriate for the person’s identity, culture, and experiences.
1 3
Apply nursing knowledge to assessment and care planning.
Demonstrate knowledgeable, safe nursing practice in a simulated environment.
All - Assessment Task 3b:Scenario based clinical exam
The goal of this task is to demonstrate requisite knowledgeable, safe nursing practice required for progression to PEP in NUR227.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
In the nursing laboratory you will be required to complete and record a scenario based clinical exam.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Communicate effectively to ensure safe nursing practice within the multidisciplinary team.
Interpret and use evidence and critical thinking skills in person-centred assessment and care planning, that are appropriate for the person’s identity, culture and experiences.
Apply nursing knowledge to assessment and care planning.
Demonstrate knowledgeable, safe nursing practice in a simulated environment.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Berman, Snyder, Levet-Jones, Burton, Harvey 2020 Skills in Clinical Nursing 2nd Pearson
Required Adriana Tiziani 2021 Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs n/a Elsevier
Required Julie Martyn,Mathew Carey,John D. Gatford,Nicole Phillips 2022 Gatford and Phillips' Drug Calculations n/a Elsevier

Specific requirements

Completion of nursing laboratory orientation. 
You are required to wear fully enclosed shoes and uniform during all nursing laboratory classes.
All nursing laboratory classes must be attended

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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