Course descriptions

  • Nursing courses

    NURS1011 Anatomy and Physiology 1
    This course will introduce students to an understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will learn of the complementarity and interrelationship of structure and function governing cells, tissues and certain body systems. Students will recognise homoeostasis in the maintenance of body functions studied and how its disruption leads into pathology. The content is essential knowledge for the application of nursing assessment, skill and practice. This course will enable students to provide rationale that support appropriate decision making and interventions in nursing care.

    NURS1012 Nursing Care 1 – Foundations
    This course prepares students with the fundamental psychomotor skills, knowledge, and attitudes required by nurses. Evidence-based practice, cultural diversity, and lifespan health will be explored in the contemporary nursing practice. This course prepares students to safely engage in their first professional practice course.

    NURS1013 Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
    This course introduces research, evidence-based practice, professional communication strategies, and concepts and skills necessary for using information effectively. Furthermore, the course introduces students to digital network communication in a contemporary health setting. The course has a strong emphasis on interpersonal communication skills essential for health professionals; including the professional-helping relationship, nursing documentation, presentation skills, and intercultural communication. The course also provides students with knowledge and skills for academic writing and interpersonal communication in the health care environment.

    NURS1014 Social and Cultural Diversity
    In order to provide person centred care, health professionals consider a number of social and cultural variables that affect an individual’s life and wellbeing. This course enables students to apply a sociological lens to healthcare provision for individuals and the community with a particular emphasis on health of Indigenous and multi-cultural Australians.

    NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
    This course introduces students to essential nursing skills complementing the first year curriculum of a patient-centred, wellness model. To prepare students for this initial aged care placement, lectures, online quizzes and workshops are conducted covering communication in healthcare, interdisciplinary teamwork, professionalism and socialisation of the student to nursing culture. Students are introduced to the registered nurse standards for practice and provided education on the clinical assessment tool, the National Competency Assessment Schedule. Students are introduced to objective setting, reflective practice and critical thinking. Students are guided in their clinical learning by work place mentors and a University Clinical Facilitator.

    NURS1016 Social and Cultural Diversity in Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS1011 Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Anumber of local and global social variables affect a person’s life and wellbeing, and should be considered in day-to-day nursing care. Variables such as class, gender, race, and culture can greatly impact discussions regarding health and illness. This unit will explore the diverse elements of social and cultural life in Australia and globally, with emphasis on how these elements relate to health.

    NURS1017 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    Pre-requisite: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
    The course provides essential concepts of pathophysiology and clinical pharmacology required for nursing practice. The course will examine fundamental principles of general pathophysiology including concepts of disease, manifestations of disease and treatment options. It will also focus on understanding the origins, scope and development of pharmacology in the treatment of medical conditions and safe medication management.

    NURS1018 Introduction to Public Health
    Pre-requisite: No pre-requisites
    This course introduces students to the principles and practices of contemporary public health. Students will explore key concepts including population health, social determinants of health, health inequalities, health and human rights and the core roles and functions of public health systems, policies and programs. Public health priorities will be explored with consideration given to health trends and vulnerable populations.

    NURS1019 Health, Research and Informatics 2 
    Pre-requisites: NURS1013 Health Communications, Research and Informatics 1
    This course involves the comprehension of health research as it relates to clinical practice. It includes content relating to the theoretical, philosophical, ethical and legal application of research to health care. Students will also examine the influence and use of digital medium and information technology in the health field. A particular focus is the way in which health informatics are used by health professionals and the general population, with reference to the impact on improved health outcomes.

    NURS1020 Nursing Care 2 – Fundamentals
    Pre-requisites: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
    This course develops the role of the registered nurse whereby students build on the skills, knowledge and attitudes gained in Nursing Care 1 - Foundations. Students engage with issues pertinent to essential care delivery in a range of contexts. The Nursing Process will inform assessment and management of care. This course prepares student nurses to safely engage in the second Professional Practice course.

    NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    Pre-requisites: NURS1015 Professional Practice 1
    Co-requisites: NURS1016 Anatomy and Physiology 2

    This course will consolidate and build on skills and knowledge introduced in Professional Practice 1. This second Professional Practice Course continues the focus on wellness of the individual and will encompass an experience of patient rehabilitation. Students will expand their understanding of the health care sector, in particular, the interdisciplinary team role in patient rehabilitation. Students are guided by both work place mentors/Clinical Supervisors and a University Clinical Facilitator.

    NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
    In this course students examine pharmacological and medical treatments underlying physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive and neurological conditions. Students learn to plan holistic care for patients with acute and chronic pathology by considering the effect on patient presentation, treatment, and recovery. Individualised care is contextualised to the socio-cultural factors that impact on the development and management of selected disorders.

    NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing
    This course applies principles of health assessment and the nursing process to plan nursing care. Evidence-based nursing practice related to the health assessment of a patient is delivered via a theoretical and problem-solving approach.

    NURS2011 Mental Health 1
    Pre-requisite: NURS2011 Mental Health 1, NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3
    This course will equip the student with knowledge, understanding, and skills required to care for and support patients and their families in hospital and community mental health settings.
    This course examines the concepts of mental health, engagement, and therapeutic and behavioural frameworks of the assessment process pertinent to those experiencing mental health issues. The course also examines the relevant health policy and law.

    NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health
    This course provides students with foundational knowledge in Paediatric and Adolescent Health. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills to provide holistic care with an appreciation of the impact of the environment on paediatric and adolescent health, as well as the promotion of paediatric and adolescent health, wellness, and injury prevention.

    NURS2013 Professional Practice 3
    The course consolidates and build on skills, knowledge and clinical competencies achieved in first year Professional Practice courses. The focuses on nursing care in the acute medical environment and the implementation of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions, physical assessment skills and administration, and management of medications and intravenous therapy. The course emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives and utilise reflection, clinical reasoning and feedback to assist in continual self-improvement. Students are guided by workplace mentors and a university clinical facilitator.

    NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
    Pre-requisite: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    This course aims to add to the knowledge gained in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1 & 2 with additional discussion of other common diseases and their pharmacological management. The course will examine the interrelated organ systems and the underlying pathophysiology of specific disease processes including musculoskeletal, endocrine, haematological and gastrointestinal conditions. Nursing management of the acutely ill patient will be discussed and analysed along with discussion of the patient’s longer term nursing needs. The key concepts of clinical pharmacology will be applied to enable the student to evaluate the appropriateness of prescribed medications and ensure safe medication management.

    NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative)
    Pre-requisite: NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3
    This course provides students with fundamental knowledge and understanding of a patient before, during and after an operative procedure. Infection control principles will be reinforced and students will be specifically taught preparation and management of the operating theatre environment. Previous anatomy and physiology knowledge will be applied in teaching students to assist in the perioperative care of the patient, transferring and positioning the patient for surgery, recognising and responding to changes in the patient’s clinical condition, and in caring for the patient during the emergence and recovery from anaesthesia. Students will also learn to monitor and manage the potential hazards that exist within the complex technological environment of the operating suite.

    NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    Pre-requisites: NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2017 Mental Health 2
    This course will give students an overview of the clinical learning expectations to be achieved whilst on clinical practicum. The course will explore strategies for the students to utilise that will enhance communication within the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a focus on building reflective practice skills that will enable the students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that underpin quality practice. The aim is to prepare students to appreciate the clinical environment and the learning experience that this provides. Students are guided in their learning by work place mentors/clinical supervisors and a university clinical facilitator.  Student assessment for this course is through the completion of the Nursing Clinical Assessment Schedule (NCAS+).

    The course will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills courses.  The focus this semester is acute nursing care in the specialty settings of perioperative nursing and mental health nursing.  Students will be required to implement the semester’s theoretical knowledge into the clinical practice setting.  All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.

    NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2
    Pre-requisites: NURS1017 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1, NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    In this course students examine pharmacological and medical treatments underlying physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive and neurological conditions. Students learn to plan holistic care for patients with acute and chronic pathology by considering the effect on patient presentation, treatment, and recovery. Individualised care is contextualised to the socio-cultural factors that impact on the development and management of selected disorders.

    NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical
    Pre-requisite: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    This course builds on skills and knowledge gained in Nursing Care 2. Students consolidate knowledge and skills essential for the delivery of safe and holistic care of patients in medical and surgical settings. This course prepares students to safely engage in the third professional practice course.

    NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing
    Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    This course applies principles of health assessment and the nursing process to plan nursing care. Evidence-based nursing practice related to the health assessment of a patient is delivered via a theoretical and problem-solving approach.

    NURS2022 Mental Health 1
    Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    This course will equip the student with knowledge, understanding, and skills required to care for and support patients and their families in hospital and community mental health settings. This course examines the concepts of mental health, engagement, and therapeutic and behavioural frameworks of the assessment process pertinent to those experiencing mental health issues. The course also examines the relevant health policy and law.

    NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    Pre-requisites: NURS1021 Professional Practice 2
    Co-requisites: NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 

    The course consolidates and build on skills, knowledge and clinical competencies achieved in first year Professional Practice courses. The focuses on nursing care in the acute medical environment and the implementation of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions, physical assessment skills and administration, and management of medications and intravenous therapy. The course emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives and utilise reflection, clinical reasoning and feedback to assist in continual self-improvement. Students are guided by workplace mentors and a university clinical facilitator.

    NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    This course adds to knowledge gained in Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1 & 2 with additional discussion of other common diseases and their pharmacological management. The course examines interrelated organ systems and underlying pathophysiology of specific disease processes including musculoskeletal, endocrine, haematological and gastrointestinal conditions. Nursing management of acutely ill patients will be discussed and analysed along with discussion of longer term nursing issues. Key concepts of clinical pharmacology are applied to enable students to evaluate the appropriateness of prescribed medications and ensure safe medication management.

    NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 – Perioperative
    Pre-requisites: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of patient care before, during, and after an operative procedure. Infection control principles will be reinforced and students will be taught preparation and management of the perioperative environment. Previous anatomy and physiology knowledge will be applied to assist in the safe and competent perioperative care of the patient, transferring and positioning the patient for surgery, recognising and responding to changes in the patient’s clinical condition, and in caring for the patient during the emergence and recovery from anaesthesia. Students will also learn to monitor and manage potential hazards that exist within the complex technological perioperative environment.

    NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self care and Professional Development
    Pre-requisite: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    This course facilitates the transition from the role of nursing student to Registered Nurse. Consideration will be given to scopes of practice, reflective practice and professional development. Students will be taught self-care strategies to support their wellbeing in the nursing profession.

    NURS2027 Mental Health 2
    Pre-requisites: NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    This course examines varying types, subtypes and presentations of mental illness. This course in particular explores high and low prevalence disorders that effect communities and impact the family and the individual, inclusive of the comorbid disorders of substance misuse. This course further encompasses and focusses on the presentation and impact of mental illness across the lifespan and cultural groups within the community. This course emphasises contemporary assessment treatment and options for those affected by mental illness in a variety of settings.

    NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    Pre-requisites: NURS2023 Professional Practice 3
    Co-requisites: NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2027 Mental Health 2

    This course focuses on perioperative nursing and mental health nursing, consolidating the skills and knowledge learned in previous Professional Practice courses. Students will undertake all roles within the operating theatre including instrumentation nurse, circulating nurse, anaesthetics and PACU. The mental health setting will offer experience in client counselling, mental health assessment and exposure to de-escalation strategies and pharmacology in mental health. The course emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives and utilise reflection, clinical reasoning and feedback to assist their professional development. Students are guided in their learning by both work place mentors and a University Clinical Facilitator. Students will be expected to reflect critically on their own actions, professional development, and on the culture of nursing in these specialty settings.

    NURS3014 Clinical Reasoning, Judgement and Management of Care
    Pre-requisite: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1, NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    The course aims to examine and apply clinical reasoning and judgment in the coordination and management of nursing care. The course will consolidate the nursing student’s pre-existing knowledge and skills related to the management of patient care and focus on problems solving and decision making to enhance the provision of care to patients or clients. To support this, the concepts of prioritisation and delegation will be explored along with clinical governance, inter-professional working, collaboration and quality assurance.

    NURS3015 Professional Practice and Leadership 1
    Pre-requisite: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4 NURS3017 Indigenous Health
    Planned specific skills for transition into the work force will be delivered in the course. Generic skills and preparation for functioning as a Professional Nurse will be taught. Expert practitioners will address the students’ questions in relation to transitional issues. Students will be taught self-care, work force issues and skills needed to be truly reflective practitioners.

    NURS3016 Complex Nursing Care (Critical Care)
    Pre-requisite: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    The course is designed to give the student nurse an introduction to the complexities of critical care nursing. The course will look at nursing attitudes, knowledge and skills required in the overall recognition and management of the acutely unwell and critically ill patient. It will discuss the nurse’s role in relation to meeting the physiological, psychological and social needs of patients and families within the realm of critical illness.

    NURS3017 Indigenous Health
    Pre-requisite: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are one of the most disadvantaged groups within Australia. Statistically, they are the most socially and economically disadvantaged group of people within Australian society, as well as the sickest, when compared to the rest of the Australian population. The reason for this contemporary state of health is multi-causal. The study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is an essential element in shaping the knowledge of health professionals. This course will assist health professionals to deliver care using best practice principles in a culturally sensitive manner, thus enabling the health professional to make a positive contribution towards Indigenous health.

    NURS3018 Clinical Practicum 5
    Pre-requisites: NURS3016 Complex Nursing Care (Critical Care), NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    This Nursing Practice Course, in line with the curriculum, changes its focus of nursing care to that of the individual within the hospital setting requiring tertiary care. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the clinical areas of acute/critical care and surgical nursing. To prepare students 2 hours of lecture content and workshops are provided. Students are guided in their learning by work place mentors/clinical supervisors and a University clinical facilitator.  Student assessment for this course is through the completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+).  
    A total of 160 clinical hours is required. This occurs over a variety of nursing shifts and days throughout the week to provide a reality of practice to the nursing profession.  The course will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills courses.  All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.  If pre practicum documentation is not provided by week 5, the clinical placements will be cancelled and the student will be graded an FN for the course NURS3048.

    NURS3019 Rural Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4 NURS3017 Indigenous Health
    The role of the nurse in rural, remote and regional areas requires the nurse to be a skilled practitioner who is able to deliver healthcare across diverse cultural and social groups. This course aims to introduce the student nurse to the discipline of rural, remote and regional nursing. The student will develop an understanding of the environment of rural, remote and regional nursing, and the impact on rural healthcare delivery. This could be related to geographic location and accessibility, community stratification, socio-economic and resource access, culture, lifestyle preferences and health, safety and risk factors.

    NURS3020 Research Methods and Health Informatics
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum
    This course provides students with opportunities to understand broad aspects of nursing research. The research opportunities range from accessing and using quality research materials including application of research in clinical settings.  The course also examines the influences of virtual and information technology in the health field, and focuses on the ways in which health informatics is used by both the health professional/and the lay person.

    NURS3021 Professional Practice and Leadership in Nursing 2
    Pre-requisites courses: NURS3015 Professional Practice and Leadership 1
    This course will develop the students understanding of management in healthcare and the role of the nurse as a manager. It will provide an introduction to contemporary theories and perspectives on leadership and management in nursing by addressing issues such as vision, motivation, authority, ethical conduct, culture, commitment and the implementation of change based on reliable evidence. This understanding will develop through exposure to key speakers and experts, analysis of information provided to and sought by the student and questioning and debate regarding the information presented.

    NURS3027 Clinical Reasoning and Judgement
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course examines and applies clinical reasoning in the coordination and management of nursing care. The course consolidates pre-existing knowledge and skills relating to management of patient care with specific focus on problem solving and decision making. To support this, concepts of prioritisation, ethical reasoning, and critical reflection, will be explored along with collaboration within the healthcare team.

    NURS3028 Transition to Practice 2 - Contemporary Nursing
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course analyses the professional identity of nursing and thus key issues will be considered including nursing theories, social, cultural and political factors that influence the development, representation, and identity of nursing.

    NURS3029 Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course provides students with foundational knowledge in Paediatric and Adolescent Health. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills to provide holistic care with an appreciation of the impact of the environment on paediatric and adolescent health, as well as the promotion of paediatric and adolescent health, wellness, and injury prevention.

    NURS3030 Aboriginal Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples comprise around 3% of the total Australian population but they experience a disproportionately high health, social, and economic disadvantage compared to the non-aboriginal population. This course will enable students to understand complex health issues of Aboriginal Australians. Students will link Australian Aboriginal history and intergenerational trauma to present day health disadvantage enabling them to plan compassionate, holistic and culturally sensitive care.

    NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course provides experience in acute surgical setting. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions and providing rationales to support decision making. Students utilise advanced wound management techniques, pharmacological management of post-operative symptoms, and frequent physical assessment and observation in managing the care of the surgical patient. The experience gained from this course is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to pre and post-surgical patients. The course emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives, and utilise reflection and feedback to assist professional development and clinical reasoning skills.

    NURS3032 Nursing Care 5 - Critical Care
    Pre-requisite: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
    The course is designed to give the student nurse an introduction to the complexities of critical care nursing. The course will look at nursing attitudes, knowledge and skills required in the overall recognition and management of the acutely unwell and critically ill patient. It will discuss the nurse's role in relation to meeting the physiological, psychological and social needs of patients and families within the realm of critical illness.

    NURS3033 Transition to Practice 3 - Leadeship and Management
    Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
    This course will develop understanding of management in healthcare and the role of the nurse as a manager. It will provide an introduction to contemporary theories and attributes of effective nurse leaders. The importance of organisational culture on quality patient outcomes will be addressed in this course.

    NURS3034 Primary Health Care
    Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
    This course develops understanding of primary health care and the role of the community nurse. It explores community development, liaison, and, advocacy in relation to community nursing practice. Students will be taught concepts related to health promotion, health education and disease prevention.

    NURS3035 Professional Practice 6
    Pre-requisites: NURS3031 Professional Practice 5
    Co-requisites: NURS3032 Nursing Care 5 - Critical Care

    Professional Practice 6 provides experience in acute and community nursing settings. Students apply theory to practice by performing complex nursing actions and assessments and providing rationales to support decision making. Students achieve a level of independence in all clinical competency assessments in the acute medical/surgical, mental health, and community nursing setting. The experience gained from this course is essential to ensure competent, safe, knowledgeable, and accurate delivery of care to patients. The course emphasises active learning to encourage students to identify learning needs, set objectives, and utilise reflection and feedback.

    NURS3036 Rural and Remote Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    The role of the nurse in rural and remote Australia requires a skilled practitioner able to deliver healthcare across diverse cultural and social groups, often in challenging circumstances. This course introduces students to the discipline of rural and remote nursing. Students develop an understanding of the discipline of rural and remote nursing, and the impact this has on rural healthcare delivery. This includes an understanding of relevant aspects of rural and remote health care including geographic location and accessibility, community profiling, social determinants of health, accessing resources, and culture and lifestyle preferences.

    NURS3038 Maternal Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course introduces students to roles of the Registered Nurse and the Registered Midwife in caring for women across the pregnancy childbirth continuum. Students gain an understanding of the physiological, psychological and social needs of healthy and vulnerable women and babies. Evaluation of research studies that underpin best practice in maternity care, enable students to plan woman centred care for childbearing women and their newborns.

    NURS3039 Advanced Mental Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    In this course students examine contemporary trends and practice in delivering mental health care to extend the knowledge base provided by initial mental health courses. Treatment care options and collaboration within community and hospital settings are explored. External influences on mental health and illness will also be considered with a focus on promotion, prevention and early intervention.

    NURS3040 Advanced Wound Care
    Pre-requisites: NURS2019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2, NURS2020 Nursing Care 3 - Medical and Surgical, NURS2021 Health Assessment in Nursing, NURS2022 Mental Health 1, NURS2023 Professional Practice 3, NURS2024 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3, NURS2025 Nursing Care 4 - Perioperative, NURS2026 Transition to Practice 1 - Self-care and Professional Development, NURS2027 Mental Health 2, NURS2028 Professional Practice 4
    This course builds on skills developed in the first and second year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Students engage with and apply complex conceptual and procedural knowledge surrounding wound prevention, assessment and management. Content will stress the importance of utilising tools and developing documentation pathways to provide direction for evidence-based treatment decisions and evaluation of the healing process. Students learn to develop holistic care plans for successful outcomes for complex wounds and complications using advanced management strategies.

    NURS3049 Clinical Practicum 6
    Pre-requisite: NURS3018 Clinical Practicum 5
    This course will give students an overview of the clinical learning expectations to be achieved whilst on clinical practicum. The course will explore strategies for the students to utilise that will enhance communication within the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a focus on building reflective practice skills that will enable the students to maximise opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge that underpin quality practice. The aim is to prepare students to appreciate the clinical environment and the learning experience that this provides. Student assessment for this course is through the completion of the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule Plus (NCAS+).  A total of 160 clinical hours is required.  The course will also offer an opportunity for students to consolidate the skills, knowledge and clinical competencies learnt in previous nursing skills courses.  The focus this semester is acute nursing care in either medical or surgical nursing or implementation of the semester’s theoretical knowledge into the clinical practice setting.  All students must have pre practicum documentation updated to the clinical office by week 5 before a placement will be offered.

  • Electives

    Group A: Clinical

    NURS3023 Maternal Care
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatrics and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    This course introduces the student to the role of the Registered Midwife in caring for women, their babies and families during and after pregnancy.  The student will be taught the physiological and psychological aspects of pregnancy, labour and birth, and postpartum care of the mother and child. The course will introduce the student to holistic woman centred care whilst emphasising the role of family members as co-participants in care during pregnancy and childbirth.

    NURS3024 Advanced Wound Care
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatric and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    This course builds upon skills gained in the first year and second year of the Bachelor of Nursing degree. Students will be introduced to more complex nursing procedures necessary for implementing planned nursing care for patients in medical and surgical areas. These skills will include conservative sharp wound debridement, assessment of arterial and venous ulcers, compression bandaging, and pre/ post-operative management of a person with urinary and faecal surgical diversions at an advanced level.

    NURS3025 Global Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatrics and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    Health inequalities occur not only within countries, but also between them. Developing countries experience high levels of illness, disability, premature death and reduced life expectancy. In many situations, these adverse conditions are direct and indirect results of unequal distribution of power, income, goods and services, globally and nationally. This course will introduce the student to the patterning of health and illness at a global level. Content covered will include: international health organisations and agreements, and the health effects of people trafficking, global health resources, international travel, environmental conditions, and political conflict.

    NURS3026 Advanced Mental Health
    Pre-requisites: NURS2009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 NURS2029 Advanced Nursing Care (Medical) NURS2010 Health Assessment in Nursing NURS2011 Mental Health 1 NURS2012 Paediatrics and Adolescent Health NURS2013 Clinical Practicum 3 NURS2014 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 NURS2015 Advanced Nursing Care (Perioperative) NURS2016 Chronic Care NURS2017 Mental Health 2 NURS2018 Clinical Practicum 4
    In this course, students will examine contemporary trends and practice in delivering mental health care. Treatment/care options within community settings and the collaboration between all sectors of the community will be explored. External influences on mental health facilities will also be considered.

  • Midwifery courses

    First Semester Courses

    MIDW5000 Foundations in Midwifery
    This course provides students with foundational knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pharmacodynamics of the pregnant and childbearing woman and neonate. Students will learn how to work in partnership with women and healthcare professionals across the childbirth continuum.  Students will plan programs of care that promote childbirth as a normal, physiological process and a significant life event for most women.  This course focuses on the physiological processes associated with conception, pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal body within a context of holistic wellness. Competence in pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in maternity care is developed in this course. Students plan the care of the woman and her foetus or baby, working in partnership with the woman, her partner, and relevant healthcare professionals, so as to accurately monitor physical and psycho-social adaptations within the woman and her baby.

    MIDW5001 Women-centred Care
    In this course students explore midwifery as a distinct discipline with an underpinning philosophy of woman-centred care.  Critical enquiry and reflection on the national and international evolution of midwifery, enables students to understand contemporary midwifery issues. Knowledge of the impact of Australian history on culturally and linguistically diverse populations and the challenges these groups continue to face in pregnancy and childbirth, enables the planning of culturally sensitive care. Different models of midwifery care are explored, highlighting similarities and differences in context and care provision for birthing women in Australia and internationally.

    MIDW5002 The Professional Midwife
    This course introduces students to midwifery as a distinct profession that has a unique body of knowledge and is governed by national and international standards and codes. Underpinned by the midwifery model of care, students plan high quality care, through safe and effective midwifery practice through the lens of continuity of care, students contribute to the provision of safe and effective care across the interface between hospital and community.

    MIDW5003 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Health: Women and Babies.
    In this course, students will develop ways of working together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies. Students examine causal links between history and social determinants of health that result in conditions and outcomes more commonly occurring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and babies.  In deconstructing colonisation using an historical and contemporary lens, students will explore the hidden influences on their values and beliefs. By incorporating the Aboriginal world view of health and rights based frameworks of organisations that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, students plan culturally responsive and supportive care.


    Second Semester Courses

    MIDW5004 Midwifery in Complex Situations
    This course provides students with knowledge of disorders in anatomy, physiology and related health complexities of the childbearing woman and neonate. Students will learn to identify and plan appropriate care for women and babies with complex health and social issues in pregnancy, during and after birth.  Planning holistic care enables students to monitor and support women and babies and facilitate timely involvement of the interdisciplinary healthcare team to achieve best possible outcomes.

    MIDW5005 Midwifery in Primary Health Care
    In this course students explore the importance of the midwife practicing within a primary health care framework that encompasses a broad social context. Linkages that exist between childbirth and human rights reinforce the universal right of each woman and her infant to equally access the highest attainable standard of safe midwifery care.  Knowledge of cultural mores and social diversity in birth practices enable students to develop a commitment to cultural safety in ways that enhance the dignity and integrity of women and their families.

    MIDW5006 Midwives as Professional Partners
    Pre-requisite: MIDW5000 Foundations of Midwifery and MIDW5002 The Professional Midwife
    This course prepares students to participate effectively in the multidisciplinary team, using midwifery practice, based on national and international standards and codes Effective communication skills enable collaboration with and referral of women to other health providers, community groups and agencies. Advanced knowledge of working as a professional partner, enables students to provide women with clear information about accessing community support agencies during pregnancy and following birth.  Students develop the ability to be versatile and adaptable professionals who are able to respond in a range of complex situations.


    Third Semester Courses

    MIDW5014 Midwifery Emergencies
    Pre-requisite: MIDW5004 Midwifery in Complex Situations, MIDW5006 Midwives as Professional Partners
    In this course students focus on midwifery emergencies underpinning enquiry with advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pharmacodynamics of the pregnant and childbearing woman and neonate. Emergency response includes identifying, assessing, monitoring and supporting women. Students plan holistic emergency care that includes timely and appropriate intervention, consultation and referral.  Advanced communication skills enable the student to provide woman centred care while participating effectively as part of the multidisciplinary team, to achieve the best possible outcomes for the woman and her baby.

    MIDW5015 Legal and Professional Frameworks in Midwifery
    Pre-requisite: MIDW5004 Midwifery in Complex Situations, MIDW5005 Midwifery in Primary Health Care, MIDW5006 Midwives as Professional Partners
    This course provides students with knowledge of the Australian health care system, relevant legislation and the role of the midwifery profession both nationally and internationally. Students develop the ability to reason and justify practice within legal, professional, ethical and reflective frameworks. The imperative to base practice on evidence is reinforced as students acquire skills to identify unsafe practice.

    MIDW5016 Becoming a Midwife
    Pre-requisite: MIDW5006 Midwives as Professional Partners, MIDW5004 Midwifery in Complex Situations
    This capstone course prepares students to integrate national midwifery standards and codes as they practice within the multidisciplinary team to provide all levels of midwifery care including emergency care. Students use reflective practice and self-evaluation to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in professional practice settings across the hospital community interface.  Supervised individual, holistic woman-centred care is provided by students as continuity of care experiences.

  • Postgraduate courses

    NURS4012 Nursing Practice Acute Care
    This work integrated learning course links knowledge of nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation. The importance of collaborative relationships with other disciplines and consumers in planning and managing care for acutely ill patients is explored. Responding to complex problems and the provision of patient and family education are fundamental to the care context, as are clinical resource management and leadership

    NURS4013 Nursing Governance Acute Care
    This work integrated learning course will address concepts of clinical governance as a methodology for ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible.  This systematic and integrated approach to assurance and review of clinical responsibility and accountability that improves quality and safety resulting in optimal patient outcomes. The principles of clinical governance will provide the student with an adaptive framework that facilitates the monitoring and evaluation of clinical performance, professional development and management, clinical risk and consumer participation in the health care environment.

    NURS4014 Leadership and Management Acute Care
    In this  work integrated learning course the student will develop key leadership skills and management strategies including skills in conflict resolution, change management and effective team building. Topics such as the development of leadership capability, leadership development techniques and coaching are included. Relevant leadership theories and management theories will be examined and applied to the acute care context.

    NURS4015 Advanced Health Assessment Acute Care
    This  work integrated learning course introduces the student to a range of clinical assessment procedures, tools and techniques that are applicable to the context of acute care.  The focus of this course is comprehensive biopsychosocial health assessment processes and the use and interpretation of assessment findings, including diagnostic results. The use of health assessment tools and implementation of clinical interventions based on health assessment findings are also examined and evaluated in the health care environment.

    NURS4016 Advanced Health Assessment
    This course introduces the student to a variety of clinical assessment procedures, tools and techniques. The focus of this course relates to comprehensive health assessment and the use and interpretation of assessment findings, including diagnostic results. Evaluation of health assessment tools and implementation of clinical interventions based on health assessment findings are also examined.

    NURS4017 Nursing Governance
    This course will include:

    • The concepts of the nursing governance framework as a method of ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible
    • The four pillars of Clinical Governance:
      • Clinical Performance and Evaluation: clinical standards and clinical indicators
      • Professional development and management: competency standards and continuing professional development
      • Clinical Risk: the monitoring and management of incident and adverse events, and risk profile analysis
      • Consumer Value: consumer liaison and participation

    NURS4018 Evidence Based Nursing
    This course has been structured to assist participants to further develop their understanding about the potential of research and how this can influence professional practice within their own sphere of nursing.  Evidence based practice is an established concept that has now gained widespread recognition within the profession as a means of informing, authenticating and improving the work of nurses. However, the utilisation of research outcomes still has some way to go to reach its full potential. In view of this, the course will encourage participants to consider the applicability of evidence based findings within the scope of professional nursing practice. Course content will also increase the capacity of individuals to use research method and process to engage with systematic scholarly enquiry.

    NURS4019 Nursing Practice 1
    This course will include:

    • The concepts of the nursing governance framework as a method of ensuring that patients receive the highest quality nursing care possible
    • The four pillars of Clinical Governance:
      • Clinical Performance and Evaluation: clinical standards and clinical indicators
      • Professional development and management: competency standards and continuing professional development
      • Clinical Risk: the monitoring and management of incident and adverse events, and risk profile analysis
      • Consumer Value: consumer liaison and participation

    NURS4020 Nursing Leadership Development Strategies
    This course consolidates students’ previous experience and knowledge of key leadership strategies including leadership skills/attributes of a good leader, performance development and team building. Students will be able to apply leadership development strategies such as leadership styles within their work environment.

    NURS4021 Applied Nursing Management Strategies
    This course enhances students’ understanding of key management concepts including management of human, material and clinical resources and its integral relationship to the delivery of safe, effective and relevant patient care. Topics such as human and material resource management, models of care and other management strategies such as developing a business plan are included in this course.

    NURS4022 Organisational Culture and Change Management in Nursing
    Pre-requisites: NURS4020 Nursing Leadership Development Strategies and NURS4021 Applied Nursing Management Strategies
    This course enables students to evaluate organisational structure and assess how organisational structure and culture can enhance or impede communication, flexibility and service delivery at an individual, unit or hospital level. The role of the nursing/midwifery frontline leader’s role and its impact as a change agent and on achieving safe, effective and relevant patient care are addressed. Topics such as reporting mechanisms, monitoring of adverse events and quality management will be important components of this course.

    NURS4023 Patient Care, Quality and Best Practice in Nursing
    Pre-requisites: NURS4020 Nursing Leadership Development Strategies and NURS4021 Applied Nursing Management Strategies
    This course will enable students to consolidate their knowledge and apply current contemporary quality concepts including the quality cycle, LEAN, clinical audit, risk management & mitigation and best practice for safe, efficient and relevant patient care.

    NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice
    The course will:

    • Examine current contemporary trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care with emphasis on acute crisis and psychiatric emergencies.
    • Address treatment/care options within community settings and the integration and partnership with Non Government Organisations, General Practitioners, Police and other emergency services.
    • Enable the ethical decisions determining hospital and community based treatment options.
    • Reference the National Mental Health Standards and current West Australian Mental Health Division strategies and objectives.

    NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication
    This course allows health professionals to examine and develop their interpersonal communication skills with people who may be experiencing difficult situations and mental and physical health challenges. The health professional will be able to identify and use both non-verbal and verbal communication skills to engage in discussions with people, patients, their families and friends, in an appropriate way for culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous peoples. The introduction of interactive dialogue techniques will provide a broad understanding of communication and negotiation strategies in challenging and high risk scenarios. Communication techniques will also be explored in relation to different modes such as face to face, online, electronic, virtual and telephone. The building of effective communication skills will promote self-awareness, resilience and self-care of the health professional.

    NURS4026 Nursing Practice 2
    This course, through a variety of clinically based and student-driven activities, will enable students to:

    • Integrate knowledge of their nursing practice with concepts of advanced nursing assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing surgery;
    • Solve complex client problems;
    • Provide client education and health promotion;
    • Develop knowledge and skills fundamental to nursing care management;
    • Demonstrate a collaborative relationship with other health care providers and consumers in planning and delivering comprehensive health care from pre-admission to post-discharge;
    • Demonstrate clinical leadership by functioning as a clinical resource in the management of client care;
    • Identify opportunities for nursing role extension and expansion within a climate of health care delivery change.

    NURS4027 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry
    Pre-requisites: NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice and NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication
    The course will examine current trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care to people suffering acute mental illness. Emphasis on treatment and care options within tertiary, secondary and community settings will highlight ways in which healthcare agencies partner with other organisations and services such as General Practitioners and Police. Students will debate and reflect the ethical considerations inherent in determining a variety of hospital and community based treatments.  This course is informed by current legislation.

    NURS4037 Clinical Governance
    This course of study will enable the student to consolidate understanding and application of the methods and instruments that form the foundation for monitoring quality and safety of healthcare delivery ensuring optimal outcomes.  Students will analyse the leadership and organisational factors integral to the development of a strong clinical governance framework.  Knowledge gained in this course will equip students to strengthen clinical governance frameworks and patient safety processes in many and varied health services and settings.  Deep exploration of clinical governance undertaken in this course will empower students to ensure that quality healthcare standards are maintained and to become agents of change for the benefit of patients, colleagues and healthcare systems.

    NURS5000 Deteriorating Patient Acute Care
    Building on existing knowledge of the Registered Nurse, this work integrated learning course, set in the high dependency health care environment, enables the student to recognise and respond to the deteriorating acutely ill patient.  Students apply evidence-based principles of care for critically ill patients with diverse needs. Identifying common changes in pathophysiology, resulting in acute illness across a broad spectrum of body systems, students develop strategies to evaluate and manage care.  Core elements of acute care nursing that underpin this course include exploration of the professional and ethical position of the Registered Nurse.

    NURS5001 Pathophysiological processes related to therapeutic action (Perioperative)
    This course focuses on advanced anatomy and physiology, pathophysiological processes and the relationship to therapeutic action for a broad range of health problems for adult and paediatric patients. The significance of this course is that it encourages the participant to develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to facilitate appropriate patient management and to address and manage complex clinical situations.

    NURS5002 Introduction to Forensic Nursing
    This course has been structured so as to introduce the student to forensic health sciences and clinical forensic nursing. This course will contain the history, theory, principles and philosophy of forensic nursing in community and institutional settings. Roles of the forensic science professional and advanced practice forensic nurse will also be explored.

    NURS5003 Evidence Based Practice
    Pre-requisite: NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice, NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication, NURS4027 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry, NURS5006 Professional Role Development
    Students will learn core health research skills as it applies to Evidence Based Practice (EBP). The relevance of EBP, as a means of informing, authenticating and improving the work of health professionals will be demonstrated through an understanding of the research process. This course has been structured to assist students to develop their understanding about the potential of research and how this can influence professional practice within their own sphere of practice. The course will encourage students to evaluate critically the applicability of evidence-based findings within the scope of their own professional practice.  Course content will also help students use practical research skills to engage with existing research.

    NURS5004 Advanced Contemporary Mental Health Practice 1
    Pre-requisites: NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice, NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication, NURS4027 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry
    This course examines current contemporary practices in the delivery of complex inter-professional care for people diagnosed with mental health issues.  Emphasis on inter-professional care options within a variety of tertiary, secondary and community health settings are explored, especially in the context of therapeutic interventions. This course enables the mental health practitioner to develop, implement and evaluate patient centred treatment options whilst reflecting upon the ethical considerations inherent in determining appropriate care.

    NURS5005 Advanced Contemporary Mental Health Practice 2
    Pre-requisites: NURS4024 Contemporary Mental Health Practice, NURS4025 Interpersonal Communication, NURS4027 Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry.
    This course examines current contemporary practices in the delivery of complex inter-professional care for people diagnosed with mental health issues. Emphasis on the concepts of promotion, prevention and early intervention will be considered. This course explores concepts of leadership and management in the context of the development of care from both local and population health perspectives. It enables mental health practitioners and leaders of care to develop strategies to address complex health care alternatives.

    NURS5006 Professional Role Development 
    This course facilitates synthesis of previous knowledge into a framework for advanced practice in a  nursing specialty. Theories of role socialization and development, as they apply to advanced nursing within the context of the participants own sphere of practice are explored. Major perspectives relating to role definition, performance parameters and outcome measures are integrated into advanced practice through an individualized learning plan. A negotiated learning  plan comprises the work and assessment for this course. Each participant negotiates a work plan directly related to their own practice area with the unit coordinator. The learning  plan, therefore, enables participants to examine and evaluate the scope of practice so that they engage in learning that is directly pertinent to their own professional growth and ongoing development.

    NURS5007 Forensic Nursing Populations (Nursing)
    This course focuses on the 27 identified forensic patient categories. The course has been structured to form a foundation of forensic nursing knowledge that is essential for nursing management of forensic patients. This course aims to develop the students understanding of forensic patients and assist them to develop an understanding of the differences between perpetrator, victim and accused patients needs.  The student will gain an in-depth understanding of the types of forensic patient categories and continue to strengthen their knowledge of forensic nursing practice. This course will introduce criminology and victimology to the student.

    NURS5008 Linking Forensic Nursing Principles to Practice; Care of the Forensic Patient (Nursing)
    This course introduces the care of the forensic patient topics such as types of evidence, collection of evidence; injury identification and photo documentation are included. The legal implications of evidence collection and crime victim compensation are also examined. The importance of evidentiary trails is highlighted.

    NURS5009 Medico-legal Issues for the Forensic Nurse (Nursing)
    This course focuses on the medico-legal aspects of clinical forensic nursing. The course has been structured to form a foundation of forensic nursing knowledge that is essential for nursing management of forensic patients. This course will discuss the Australian legal system and various Acts and legislature the forensic nurse will commonly come into contact with as a practitioner. This course is aimed to strengthen and develop the students understanding of the role of forensic science and forensic practices within a national and international content.

    NURS5010 Reflective Practice (Perioperative)
    The aim of this course is to enhance participant’s knowledge and skills in reflection; to equip them with the mechanisms to explore actions and to derive meaning from the experience.  It encourages participants to develop thinking, consider alternative approaches and explore strategies for future application. Furthermore, participants will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and strive to achieve positive outcomes.

    NURS5011 Clinical Practice (Perioperative Nursing)
    The aim of this course is to integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical skills and therapeutic action. This course comprises clinical rotations that focus on relating theory to practice in different specialties.  Each participant will complete allocated rotations. Importantly, each rotation will expose the participants to a variety of competencies, allowing them to further relate theoretical knowledge with perioperative principles and practices.

    NURS5012 Professional Development (Perioperative)
    The aim of this course is to examine sources of nursing knowledge and how they influence nursing practice.  By facilitating the development of critical thinking, this course examines ethical principles and how they impact nursing action as well as how contemporary issues influence specialist practice. Furthermore, it enhances professional development by developing strategies for critiquing research and educational practices.

    NURS5013 Management (Perioperative)
    The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the principles of management. The course focuses on building an awareness of operational factors that enhance or impede workplace practices and coordination.

    NURS5015 Mental Health 1
    This course will provide students with a focus on mental health as a dynamic area of professional practice, governed by legislation, standards and impacted by cultural, political and social aspects of care. This course is designed for health care professionals who practise or want to upskill in the care of the patient with mental illness in the acute care or community setting. It will examine contemporary mental health practice and provide students with a foundation of psychiatric knowledge on a variety of conditions and management strategies with a strong emphasis on interpersonal communication and assessment skills. An emphasis is on the family and carer as a central focus of recovery-orientated, interprofessional care. The course is designed to be interactive, comprising both face-to-face and online self-directed learning with an emphasis on practical application.

    NURS5016 Mental Health 2
    Pre-requisite: NURS5015 Mental Health 1
    This course will provide students with a focus on the translation of evidence based practice in mental health in order to support the continuous improvement of quality care while ensuring mental health promotion and early prevention and education. Through interprofessional engagement and collaboration with a range of industry experts, this course explores the principles of recovery-orientated care, physical health inequalities, dual diagnosis (alcohol and other drug or substance misuse), psychopharmacological agents and targeted interventions and therapeutic practices. An emphasis is on the role of advocacy in the workplace, and supporting the individual’s perspectives and rights, while improving clinical practice safety through confidence in reflective practice and clinical supervision. The course is designed to be interactive, comprising both face-to-face and online self-directed learning with an emphasis on practical application.

    NURS5017 Reflective Practice in Health
    Learning from clinical experiences, rather than from formal teaching, is possibly the most important source of personal development and improvement for health professionals. Students in this course will develop skills in critical reflection and reflexivity as it encourages them to consider alternative approaches to their practice. Students will be encouraged to examine strategies underpinned by theory to address personal or professional matters and to strive to achieve positive outcomes for both themselves and quality patient care.

    NURS5020 Reflective Practice Critical Care
    This course will develop skills in critical reflection; to equip the critical care nurse with strategies to explore actions and to derive meaning from lived experience. The capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning is paramount, as It encourages students to consider alternative approaches and to explore approaches for future application.  Learning from clinical experiences, rather than from formal teaching, is possibly the most important source of personal development and improvement.  Therefore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

    NURS5021 Management
    This course introduces the students to key management strategies including management skills, conflict resolution, change management and team building. Topics such as development of leadership capability, leadership development techniques and coaching are included in this course. The relevant application of leadership theories in this context will also be examined.

    NURS5022 Reflective Practice Critical Care
    This course will develop skills in critical reflection; to equip the critical care nurse with strategies to explore actions and to derive meaning from lived experience. The capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning is paramount, as It encourages students to consider alternative approaches and to explore approaches for future application.  Learning from clinical experiences, rather than from formal teaching, is possibly the most important source of personal development and improvement.  Therefore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

    NURS5220 Professional Development in Clinical Practice A
    The intent of this course is to facilitate synthesis of previous professional knowledge and experience into a framework to advance professional development in the complex health environment. Theories of role socialisation and development, as they apply to the context of the participants own sphere of work are explored. Major perspectives relating to role definition, performance parameters and outcome measures are integrated to support the development, implementation and evaluation of an individualized professional project that supports role extension.

    NURS5221 Professional Development in Clinical Practice B
    The intent of this course is to facilitate synthesis of previous professional knowledge and experience into a framework to advance professional development in the complex health environment. Theories of role socialisation and development, as they apply to the context of the participants own sphere of work are explored. Major perspectives relating to role definition, performance parameters and outcome measures are integrated to support the development, implementation and evaluation of an individualized professional project that supports role extension.

    NURS5230 Reflective Practice
    The aim of this course is to enhance participant’s knowledge and skill in reflection; to equip them with the mechanisms to explore actions and to derive meaning from the experience. It encourages students to develop thinking, consider alternative approaches and explore strategies for future application. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

    NURS5231 Reflective Practice
    The aim of this course is to enhance participant’s knowledge and skill in reflection; to equip them with the mechanisms to explore actions and to derive meaning from the experience. It encourages students to develop thinking, consider alternative approaches and explore strategies for future application. Furthermore, students will be encouraged to examine strategies to address personal or professional issues and to strive to achieve positive outcomes.

    NURS6000/6001/6002/6003 Supervised Dissertation Nursing
    This course exposes students to the principal forms of research used in nursing and related health contexts. As such, it provides a foundation in research design, methods, data collection and data analysis. Students design, analyse and implement their research, and are allocated a supervisor to assist them through these research stages. Students submit a major scholarly written document in the form of an article that meets the submission requirements of a nominated peer-reviewed journal.

    NURS6004 Transition to Professional Practice
    This course is designed to build the students’ capability to manage the transition into the contemporary nursing workforce. Students will explore current issues in health care with a focus on national health priorities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health. The regulation of nursing will be examined and the Registered Nurses’ obligations to meet all Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia’s codes, guidelines and standards. Becoming a critically reflective practitioner will be explored to strengthen the students’ capacity for clinical reasoning. Students will further develop their academic literacy and research skills to inform evidence-based practice.

    NURS6005 Contemporary Nursing Skills
    This course prepares the student for person-centred, contemporary, evidence-based, nursing practice. The student will further develop their knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology and relate this to the management of people experiencing illness or disability. Students will explore the quality use of medicines and apply clinical reasoning to medication management. Students further develop their clinical skills and critical thinking ability, including responding to patients experiencing clinical deterioration.

    NURS6006 Professional Practice
    Pre-requisites: NURS6005 Contemporary nursing clinical skills, NURS6004 Transition to Practice
    This course provides an opportunity for the student to be immersed in the professional practice environment. It will assist students’ transition to the role of the Registered Nurse when caring for people experiencing acute and chronic illness including mental health problems.  It consolidates learning from previous courses and requires students to use evidence, demonstrate sound clinical reasoning, and apply theory to practice and work effectively in the multidisciplinary teamThe student is expected to demonstrate competence across all of the Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

    NURS6007 Introduction to Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
    This course provides an introduction to the field of study, integrating information about maternal and infant mental health. Dominant theoretical approaches are presented and considered together with information about infant development and pregnancy. Risk factors for mental health problems are presented for discussion and reflection, and information is provided about common disorders and treatment approaches. In addition, basic skills relating to building and presenting an argument, accessing and using professional literature, making an observational record, creating documents to professional standards, and managing one’s self under pressure will be covered.