Course Outline

NUR286 Preparation for Practice 3

Course Coordinator:Danielle Jocumsen ( School:School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

2022Session 6

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

USC Caboolture

USC Fraser Coast

USC Gympie


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

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Health and healthcare are complex. Individuals and groups experience acute, single episode or ongoing health issues which require evidence based interventions and care in any number of settings. In workshops, clinical practice sessions and simulations you will develop and evaluate your nursing knowledge and skills. You will learn how to prioritise, plan and implement, and evaluate therapeutic interventions suited to acute and community healthcare settings as well as the complex interpersonal and written communication required to be effective in multi-disciplinary teams.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording 2hrs Week 1 4 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus nursing laboratory 6hrs Week 1 4 times

Course Topics

Primary and Secondary Survey

Respiratory assessment and interventions

Cardiac assessment and interventions

Central Nervous System assessment and interventions

Deteriorating patient


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?

6 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 Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Use and interpret evidence to plan and prioritise therapeutic interventions and care for patients with acute and/or episodic, complex health needs Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
2 Demonstrate safe and evidence based practice using health technologies and information systems to support patient diagnosis and monitoring Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1
3 Collaborate to plan interventions which enhance individual and group participation in complex healthcare. Creative and critical thinker
1, 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7
4 Self-appraise your skill development in assessment, care planning and safe, evidence based care in complex health situations and create an action plan for your practice and on-going learning Creative and critical thinker
3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7

* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
1.1 The RN accesses, analyses, and uses the best available evidence, that includes research findings for safe quality practice
1.2 The RN develops practice through reflection on experiences, knowledge, actions, feelings and beliefs to identify how these shape practice
3 Standard 3: Maintains the capability for practice
3.1 The RN considers and responds in a timely manner to the health and well being of self and others in relation to the capability for practice
3.2 The RN provides the information and education required to enhance people’s control over health
3.3 The RN uses a lifelong learning approach for continuing professional development of self and others
3.4 The RN accepts accountability for decisions, actions, behaviours and responsibilities inherent in their role, and for the actions of others to whom they have delegated responsibilities
3.5 The RN seeks and responds to practice review and feedback
3.6 The RN actively engages with the profession
3.7 The RN identifies and promotes the integral role of nursing practice and the profession in influencing better health outcomes for people
4 Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
4.1 The RN conducts assessments that are holistic as well as culturally appropriate
4.2 The RN uses a range of assessment techniques to systematically collect relevant and accurate information and data to inform practice
4.3 The RN works in partnership to determine factors that affect, or potentially affect, the health and well being of people and populations to determine priorities for action and/or for referral
4.4 The RN assesses the resources available to inform planning
5 Standard 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice
5.1 The RN uses assessment data and best available evidence to develop a plan
5.2 The RN collaboratively constructs nursing practice plans until contingencies, options priorities, goals, actions, outcomes and timeframes are agreed with the relevant persons
5.3 The RN documents, evaluates and modifies plans accordingly to facilitate the agreed outcomes
5.4 The RN plans and negotiates how practice will be evaluated and the time frame of engagement
5.5 The RN coordinates resources effectively and efficiently for planned actions
6 Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
6.1 The RN provides comprehensive safe, quality practice to achieve agreed goals and outcomes that are responsive to the nursing needs of people
6.2 The RN practises within their scope of practice
6.3 The RN appropriately delegates aspects of practice to enrolled nurses and others, according to enrolled nurse’s scope of practice or others’ clinical or non- clinical roles
6.4 The RN provides effective timely direction and supervision to ensure that delegated practice is safe and correct
6.5 The RN practises in accordance with relevant nursing and health guidelines, standards, regulations and legislation
6.6 The RN uses the appropriate processes to identify and report potential and actual risk related system issues and where practice may be below the expected standards
7 Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice
7.1 The RN evaluates and monitors progress towards the expected goals and outcomes
7.2 The RN revises the plan based on the evaluation
7.3 The RN determines, documents and communicates further priorities, goals and outcomes with the relevant persons

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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


NUR226 and enrolled in SC391, SC392




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

Feedback will be provided on your preparation for practice - each week students will use the CICO process to identify positive areas of practice and develop plans to improve confidence or knowledge.

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
6 hours
Throughout teaching period (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, and Written Piece Individual
30 minute in class activity and a written reflection.
Week 3 In Class
All 3b Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual
15 minute simulation.
Week 4 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Laboratory participation
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 3 of the 4 weeks. Information about the assessment is available in Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Active participation in nursing laboratories.
1 2 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Quiz
This task provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate evidence of your learning in patient assessment, clinical reasoning, the provision of safe care, the ability to recognise and respond to clinical deterioration and medication calculations.
Product: Quiz/zes
You will have 4 attempts to complete the quiz that will be open for 4 weeks. You must achieve 100% by the end of the 4th attempt to pass the quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Using knowledge to provide safe assessment, planning and care.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 3a:Formative scenario based clinical exam
You will participate in a simulated environment to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for a deteriorating patient. You will communicate to the multidisciplinary team and this task is to prepare you for the SIM assessment. Following feedback you will write a self appraisal reflection on the care you provided.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills, and Written Piece
Simulation and written reflection. Using the template provide reflect on the care provided in the simulation.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate safe evidence nursing practice and self appraise skill development.
2 3 4
Assessment of self development through a reflection.
All - Assessment Task 3b:Scenario based clinical exam
You will participate in a simulated environment to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for a patient. You will communicate with the multidisciplinary team.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
Simulation will be videoed and uploaded to CANVAS.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate safe evidenced based care

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. Directed study hours may vary by location. 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 Audrey Berman,Shirlee J. Snyder,Tracy Levett-Jones,Patricia Burton,Trish Burton,Nichole Harvey,Nikki Harvey 0 Skills in Clinical Nursing n/a n/a
Required Adriana P. Tiziani 2017 Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs 10th Edition Elsevier
Required Julie Martyn,Mathew Carey,John D. Gatford,Nicole Phillips 2022 Gatford and Phillips' Drug Calculations 10th edition Elsevier

Specific requirements

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

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety 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

Limited Graded Course:

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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