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Professional practice in acute care nursing

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This unit of study is designed to introduce you to the professional issues you face within contemporary acute care nursing practice. The unit of study will promote new ways of thinking and learning, developing your teaching and mentoring abilities, enhancing your communication skills, and exploring your potential for leadership and practice development within the workplace.

At the completion of this unit of study it is hoped that you will have a better knowledge of the tools available to continue to develop your nursing leadership skills, for example through the development of mentoring relationships and the use of critical reflection on your practice.

Professional practice in acute care nursing

Unit of study code

920

Availability

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

PG unit of study

Term

APRIL, OCTOBER

Pre-requisite

N/A

Fee*

Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Cherry Millar MACN

Content

 

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 

Weighting

(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to professional practice

a) Examine the professional issues affecting contemporary acute care nurses and discuss their role in the changing health care system

Assessment 1 Online activities x 5

NA

1,3,5,8,9

Theme 2: Thinking, Learning and Teaching

b) Integrate new ways of thinking and learning into professional practice and development, modeling an attitude of life-long learning

Assessment 2 Research question development (800 words)

20%

5

Theme 3 Research and Inquiry

c) Contribute to the advancement of acute care nursing by participating in evidence-based practice, nursing research and expanding the body of nursing knowledge

Assessment 3 Literature review (1500 words)

35%

7

Theme 4: Leadership, communication and change

d) Develop advanced leadership and communication skills to facilitate a culture of practice development and knowledge sharing in the workplace

Assessment 4 Reflective paper (2000 words)

 

45%

10

Theme 5: Ethical issues

e) Explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues that affect patients, families and significant others across the spectrum of acute healthcare

 

 

 

*Fees

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275
*Fees are are subject to change without notice.