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NURS5012: Assessment and Clinical Judgement

2024 unit information

The ability to undertake a focused and comprehensive patient assessment is fundamental to nursing practice. Conducting patient assessment allows nurses to gather the requisite information to make sound clinical judgements. With an emphasis on the systematic collection of reliable and valid assessment data, this unit of study examines the knowledge, capabilities and clinical skills required to undertake comprehensive health assessment, inclusive of physical, mental health, social, ethnic and cultural dimensions in complex clinical situations. Underpinning any patient assessment is a detailed understanding of normal physiological processes and the ways in which illness and injury alters these processes.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Nursing and Midwifery

Code NURS5012
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. acquire knowledge and skills needed to undertake comprehensive clinical assessment of patients, interpret this clinical data and determine the clinical significance
  • LO2. analyse assessment data and its relationship to normal or altered physiology within the context of patients with common clinical presentations
  • LO3. evaluate the research basis for the reliability and validity of assessment tools used in clinical practice
  • LO4. incorporate a biopsychosocial framework to patient assessment and clinical judgement.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Block mode Mallett Street, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 1 2022
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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