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Professional practice in child and family health nursing

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This unit of study is designed to introduce students to the professional issues they will face within the context of contemporary child and family health nursing practice. The unit of study will explore professional roles, competency standards, critical thinking and reflection, evidence based practice and nursing research, leadership, cultural competence, and legal and ethical practice. The notion of benchmarking practice will also be explored. The aim of this unit of study is to facilitate student’s personal and professional growth by promoting new ways of thinking and learning, developing their teaching and mentoring abilities, enhancing their communication skills, and exploring their potential for leadership and practice development within the workplace.

Professional practice in child and family health nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing






Tier 1

Required text:

Child and Family Health Nurses Association (CAFHNA) 2009, Competency standards for child and family health nurses, CAFHNA, NSW, Sydney or equivalent in your state or territory.

Co-ordinated by: Sue Mapletoft MACN



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 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to professional practice

a) Examine the professional issues affecting child and family health nurses, and discuss their role in the changing health care system

Assessment 1 Online discussions  x 2



Theme 2: Teaching and learning

b) Integrate contemporary philosophies and models of care into professional practice and development

Assessment 2 Literature review (1500 words)



Theme 3: Research and enquiry

c) Contribute to the advancement of child and family health nursing by evaluating evidence-based practice

Assessment 3 Reflective portfolio (3500 words)



Theme 4: Leadership, communication and change

d) Demonstrate leadership and communication skills to facilitate a culture of practice development and knowledge sharing





e) Explore legal, ethical and cultural issues in the context of child and family health nursing milieu





f) Analyse and evaluate child and family health nursing practice by benchmarking against specialist competency standards





Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.