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NURS5081: Introduction to Nursing Practice

This unit of study provides an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of professional nursing; "what it is and what it is not" (Nightingale, 1859) and to observe and explore the roles and relationships among nurses, patients and other health professionals within the health care setting. This unit will introduce students to the fundamentals of nursing care that include the physical, psychosocial and relational aspects of care across the lifespan and within diverse socio-cultural groups. To assist the student to develop an understanding of nursing practice they will be introduced to critical thinking and a clinical reasoning model focusing on assessment, planning, the implementation of comprehensive care interventions and how to evaluate person-centred care with patients as partners. In addition, students will develop a beginning level of competence and understanding of the essentials of communication, interprofessional education and digital health technologies.

Code NURS5081
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of Sydney Nursing School’s conceptual framework including the interactions between nursing, the person and their family, educational philosophy and contexts of care.
  • LO2. Articulate the role of the nurse in an interdisciplinary health care team.
  • LO3. Develop clinical reasoning skills to understand the thinking behind the provision of quality person centred care, recognising that patients are partners in their own care.
  • LO4. Perform, at a beginning level, a range of health assessment skills, fundamentals of comprehensive care skills, communication and documentation skills for individuals across the lifespan.
  • LO5. Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of evidence-based practice and how it informs clinical knowledge in practice.
  • LO6. Articulate and apply foundational knowledge relating to Work Health and Safety issues in health care with a focus on preventing and controlling healthcare associated infection control practices and manual handling.
  • LO7. Develop an understanding of the role of digital health technologies in the health care setting.
  • LO8. Demonstrate satisfactory achievement in a professional experience placement as outlined in the NURS 5081 Clinical Record Logbook.