Course Outline

NUR304 Nursing Practice 4

Course Coordinator:Leisa Swift ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2024Semester 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 your fourth professional experience placement (PEP) you will apply the professional principles, knowledge and skills that you have developed. In a 160 hour PEP, you will have the opportunity to plan, prioritise and manage person centred care for a number of people in a range of care settings, underpinned by quality and safety standards. You will be supported and supervised by experienced practitioners and engage with a range of health professionals. You will critically self-appraise your practice and your facilitator will evaluate your performance using the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice at a level consistent with a transitioning student.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Placement – Professional Experience Placement 160hrs Not applicable Once Only

Course Topics

  • NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice
  • ICN Code of ethics for nurses
  • NMBA Code of conduct for nurses

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate a satisfactory level of nursing practice according to the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice at a transitioning student level, in areas of person-centred care for persons with complex health care needs involving multidisciplinary teams. Ethical
2 Know and behave in accordance with the NMBA Code of Conduct for nurses and ICN Code of Ethics. Ethical
3 Have completed the allocated practice hours for the course. Ethical

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”.


NUR286 and NUR287 and NUR303 and enrolled in Program 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

Please see the description of the assessment task which sets out the process for early and progressive feedback during your professional experience placement (PEP).

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 Placement performance Individual
160 hours
Refer to Format SONIA
All - Assessment Task 1:Assessment of Clinical Practice (160 hours)
The purpose of this assessment is for you to demonstrate satisfactory performance based on the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice at a transitioning student level as measured using the Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) and completion of your allocated placement hours for this course.
Product: Placement performance
You will have a progressive assessment of practice which provides you with the opportunity to work with your facilitator to reflect on your practice during the initial period of the PEP, review your progress against the criteria using the ANSAT, and develop a plan to support your successful completion of this PEP. 

Finalisation of assessment: The clinical facilitator/preceptor will use the ANSAT to finalise the assessment. You need to complete all the required hours and meet a satisfactory level of performance in all standards for practice. The summative ANSAT will be submitted to the course coordinator for final judgement. Ultimate accountability for assessing students in relation to clinical practice resides with the course coordinator and results and course grades are finalised through the UniSC assessment policy and procedures. 

Please note: You will also receive ongoing feedback throughout your PEP as a formative and developmental process. If you are not meeting satisfactory standards for practice at any point, learning processes will be implemented to guide and support you to satisfactorily meet each standard. Unsatisfactory performance which put patient/client safety at risk or practices that do not adhere with the NMBA Code of Conduct for nurses and/or ICN Code of Ethics may result in removal from your PEP at any time during the clinical placement and failure of the course. If a learning plan is required during your PEP, you must meet all the requirements and standards for practice at a satisfactory level to proceed to a final assessment.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Satisfactory practice as measured against the NMBA Registered nurse standards for practice by achieving a level of 3 across all domains of the ANSAT.
Satisfactory participation, communication (where appropriate), reflection on multidisciplinary team roles and interactions during the care of persons with complex care needs, and the implications of these on patient safety.
Evidence of adherence to Code of Conduct for Nurses and Code of Ethics for Nurses.
Completion of allocated practice hours (160)

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.


Period and Topic Activities
160 hours clinical placement
Clinical placement in a range of health facilities

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 Tiziani 2021 Havard's Nursing Guide to Drugs n/a Elsevier

Specific requirements

Please familiarise yourself with the Clinical Fact Sheets. They contain all the information and procedures which guide the conduct of your work integrated learning experience in this course. Please note your Summative Clinical Assessment will not be finalised until you have completed the allocated hours for this course. If you are unable to attend any hours, you will be required to make these up. Your grade for the course will not be finalised until all requirements are satisfactorily completed. You are required to wear the UniSC nursing/midwifery student uniform to clinical placement.  You may need to travel to placement and will need to cover these costs.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and low to moderate levels of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks may include working in an Australian bush setting, working with people, working outside normal office hours for example. 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 UniSC.

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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  • Student Conduct
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