NURS11159 - Introduction to Nursing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will expose you to the primary concepts surrounding the historical influence and evolving roles of contemporary nursing in Australia; including elements of professional governance, legal and ethical implications as well as communication principles.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students requested the turnaround period between submitting assignments and return of assignments to students to be less than 4 weeks. Student feedback Get marked assessments back to students in a shorter timeframe (3 weeks).
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss historical and contemporary factors that have influenced the image, status and practice of nursing.
  2. Examine the principles of communication theory and professional communication in various mediums to provide accurate and concise information.
  3. Associate the role of professional governing bodies in relation to professional nursing practice, patient safety and governance.
  4. Apply basic principles of numeracy and literacy as they relate to medication calculations and professional writing.
  5. Explore the culture and diversity of nursing and respond appropriately to the opinions of others.

The Learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment    

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Student nurse maths and medications survival guide
Author/s: Reid-Searl, K, Dwyer, T, Moxham, L, Reid-Spears, J & Richards, A Year: 2009
Edition: 1st edn Publisher: Pearson UK
City: Harlow State: Essex
Country: UK
A guide to Australian healthcare acronyms and abbreviations (AHAA) : to assist with interpreting clinical handover
Author/s: Irvine, JL Year: 2014
Edition: Publisher: JLI Nurse Education Consultancy
City: North Fitzroy State: ACT
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorToni Hoffman (t.hoffman@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction: An overview of the unit, discussion of assessments and an introduction to academic writing A review of Plagiarism and how to avoid it in academic writing

Prepare for your studies by reading the unit profile and browsing through the Moodle site. Get to know each other by posting on the Moodle forum. Work through the weekly activities and post your learning tasks to the forum.Review Assessment tasks and plan accordingly.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Professional nursing governing bodies: The role of professional nursing governing bodies including APRHA, NMBA and ANMAC

Week 3 20-03-2017 History of nursing: Origins of the nursing profession
Week 4 27-03-2017

Literacy and referencing: Academic writing, using the library to find relavent information for your assessments and how to use the APA referencing system

Week 5 03-04-2017

Literacy: Guide for academic writing skills including how to write essays

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Historical and contemporary factors that have influenced the nursing profession: The image, staus and practice of nursing

Assessment item 1 The Guiding Documents from the NMBA and AHPRA Due Tuesday (18 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

The nursing student: Roles and responsiblities of the nursing student, including accountability, clinical placements and scope of practice

Week 8 01-05-2017

Culture and diversity: Nursing people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Culture of nursing, horizontal violence and nurse resilience

Week 9 08-05-2017

Principles of communication: Communication theory, professional communication and reflective practice

Week 10 15-05-2017

Clinical communication: Nursing documentation, clinical handover, use of apps, social media, legal aspects of documentation

Written Assessment 2 Due Tuesday (16 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Numeracy: Basic principles of numeracy and how they relate to medication calculation

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision: Bringing it all together

Complete the unit review: Big red button

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 1 The Guiding Documents from the NMBA and AHPRA
Task Description

Assessment Item No. 1

Type Written

Word Limit approx. 1500 words (+/- 10%) Percentage 50%

Due Date Week 6: Tuesday 18th April 2017, 11:45 PM AEST

Objectives

This assessment item relates to Course Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3 4 & 5.

Content.The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has developed several guiding documents to guide Australian Registered Nurses in their practice, which also apply to your practice as nursing students, particularly during your clinical placements.

These Documents include

· The Code of Ethics For Nurses in Australia (2008),

· The Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia(2006),

· The Registered nurse standards for practice (effective date 1 June 2016),

· The Nurses guide to professional boundaries (2010) and

· The Social Media Policy (2008).

Task. This assessment requires you to choose two of these documents and present a formal essay that explains, in your own words, how these overarching documents will guide your clinical practice. You will need to use the existing literature to support your discussion and explain why you think how you do.

Your essay should be set out as follows:

Written in the third person using APA referencing style.

· All statements that are not your original thoughts must be referenced.

· Include an introduction (10% of total word count)

· Include a body (80% of total word count)

· Include a conclusion (10% of total word count)

· Use in date and credible academic references to support your discussion. Less than ten years old for a text book and five years old for a journal.

Information relating to Assignment writing is on the Moodle unit site.

Assessment criteria

HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F <50% Marks
Structure -15%
Excellent presentation of assignment with inclusion of all correct components, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, well-structured. Consistently accurate with spelling and grammar. 5 Well-presented assignment, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, 1 or 2 errors in spelling or grammar. 4 Well-presented assignment, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, 3 or 4 consistent errors with spelling or grammar. 3 Adequate assignment presentation, double line spaced with 12 point font. No page numbers, 4 to 7 consistent errors with spelling or grammar. 2.5 Poorly presented assignment. Double spacing not used and 12 point font not used. Many inaccuracies in spelling or grammar. <2.5
Clear and succinct assignment that includes an introduction a body and a conclusion. Body contains explanations of the chosen documents .and closely aligns these with all five learning outcomes. 5 Clear and appropriate assignment that includes a introduction, a body and a conclusion, Body contains a comprehensive explanation of the chosen topics. And aligns these with all five learning outcomes. 4 Appropriate assignment that includes a introduction a body and a conclusion Body contains a reasonable explanation of the chosen topics and aligns these with all five learning outcomes.. 3 Content is apparent although consists only of a list of the contents of the Assignment. Topics not clearly described. 2.5 No recognisable paragraph- no topic sentence or supporting sentences and/or there is no direction offered in respect of the assignment.<2.5
Organisation and structure is clear and easy to follow. Content is clearly relevant to the topic, the approach clearly and comprehensively addresses the topics and the argument proceeds logically. Well linked to supporting literature.5 Organisation and structure is clear. Content is relevant to the topics, the approach clearly addresses the topics and the argument proceeds logically. Supporting literature is used appropriately. 4 Organisation and structure is appropriate. Content is appropriate and addresses the topics and the argument for the most part proceeds logically. Minimal omissions in links to supporting literature. 3 Organisation and structure allows misinterpretation of the meaning of the content. Content addresses the topics the argument is at times repetitive or lacks cohesion. Frequent omissions in links to supporting literature. 2.5 Organisation and structure detract from the meaning of the content. Content is irrelevant and or does not address the topics. There is a lack of cohesion. Little to no links to supporting literature. <2.5
Approach and Argument (70%)
Content is clearly relevant to the topic. The approach comprehensively answers the question and the argument proceeds logically. 30-35 Content is relevant to the topic, the approach clearly answers the question and the argument proceeds logically. 25-30 Content is appropriate and answers the question and the argument for the most part proceeds logically. 20-25 Content answers the question although the argument is at times repetitive or lacks cohesion. 17.5-20 Content does not address all aspects of the assessment task. Inadequate description of required content. Little or no discernible critical thought. <17.5
Comprehensively discusses how the two chosen guiding documents will influence the students clinical practice during clinical placement and once graduated. Clear, coherent and convincing critical thought displayed. 30-35 Extensively discusses how the two chosen guiding documents will guide practice as a student during clinical placement and once graduated Well-developed critical thought evident. 25-30 Generally includes a reasonable. discussion how the two chosen guiding documents will guide practice as a student during clinical placement and once graduated Critical thought developed and presented. 20-25 Limited discussion of how the two chosen guiding documents will guide practice as a student during clinical placement and once graduated Perceptible critical thought. 17.5-20 Not able to effectively discuss how the guiding documents will guide practice as a student during clinical placement and once graduated. <17
Referencing- 15%
Consistently accurate with in-text referencing to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 5 1 or 2 consistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 4 3 or 4 consistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 3 3 or 4 inconsistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 2..5 Referencing is not consistent with APA style.Many inaccuracies with in-text referencing to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations.<2..5
A minimum of 8 up-to-date references used including 4up-to-date journal article as well as a relevant book and/or web site.5 A minimum of 6 up-to-date references used including 3 up-to-date journal article as well as a relevant book and/or web site.4 A minimum of A minimum of 4 up-to-date references used from a book and/or web site.3 A minimum of 3up-to-date references used from relevant web site.2.5 Relevant references not used. Journal articles not sourced. Relevant web sites not used.<2..5
Reference list appears in alphabetical order and fully adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 5 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and consistently adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 4 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and frequently adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 3 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and occasionally adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 2.5 Reference list appears in no alphabetical order and does not adhere to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. <2..5
Total Marks

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Tuesday (18-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment One due Week Six. Tuesday 18th April at 2345
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Assignments with feedback will be returned to students within 4 weeks of due date.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

As above

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through NURS11159 Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss historical and contemporary factors that have influenced the image, status and practice of nursing.

2. Examine the principles of communication theory and professional communication in various mediums to provide accurate and concise information.

3. Associate the role of professional governing bodies in relation to professional nursing practice, patient safety and governance.

4. Apply basic principles of numeracy and literacy as they relate to medication calculations and professional writing.

5. Explore the culture and diversity of nursing and respond appropriately to the opinions of others.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description
Assess. No. Two
Type Written
CLO's 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Word Limit 2000 words (+/- 10%)
Percentage 50%
Due Date Week 10 Tuesday 16th May, 2017, 11:45 PM AEST

Objectives

This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5


The Scenario. The following scenario is a real life story, which may be distressing to some students. Please discuss this with your lecturer and remember that student counselling services are available if required. ssc@cqu.edu.au


Ryan Saunders was a two year old boy who died in Rockhampton hospital in 2007 from a misdiagnosed infection which had culminated in toxic shock. The circumstances surrounding Ryan’s death prompted many changes within Queensland Health

The Task. Discuss the case of Ryan Saunders. Your essay should include discussion of the following points:

  • The human factors focusing on communication that led to the adverse outcomes in this case.
  • The coroner’s findings in relation to systems improvement and communication errors and how these errors became a catalyst for change.
  • The role of the RN in the detection and reporting of clinical deterioration.
  • The contributing factors in Ryan’s death, focusing on the Coroner’s findings and the recommendations that resulted from the Coroner’s Inquest and the subsequent reports.

Support your discussion with particular focus on the academic literature surrounding the contributory factors of communication, patient safety, clinical handover and medication safety. You are not required to critique the medical care given but to focus on the contributing factors surrounding Ryan’s death. Incorporate the Registered Nurse standards for practice in your discussion.


Planning

An academic paper uses the following features: This paper requires you to read the associated literature surrounding Ryan Saunders death, identify key contributing factors as highlighted by the coroner and support your findings with information from the academic literature in relation to these findings.

  • An introduction (approximately 10% of the suggested word
  • A body ( approximately 80% of the suggested word count )
  • A conclusion ( approximately 10%of the suggested word count )
  • Read the question carefully and identify the main areas that you will be required to research.
  • Read the reports and associative literature regarding the circumstances surrounding Ryan’s Death.
  • Identify the coroner’s recommendations. Identify the recommendations from the HQCC(Health Quality and Complaints Commission)
  • Research the areas the coroner highlighted and base your academic research on these areas.

Writing your paper.

Once you have completed your assignment plan, use it to write your assignment. The plan should include citation details for each key point. Your final assignment should contain grammatically correct sentence structure, paraphrasing and in-text citations. A reference list should be included at the end of your paragraph using APA referencing style. Your assignment should include at least ten references from quality sources. Note: APA guidelines require reference lists to be on a separate page; See the APA reference guide for more details.


Assessment criteria

HD 85-100% D 75-84% C 65-74% P 50-64% F <50% Marks
Structure -30%
Excellent presentation of assignment with inclusion of all correct components, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, well-structured. Consistently accurate with spelling and grammar. 8.5-10 Well-presented assignment, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, 1 or 2 errors in spelling or grammar. 7.5-8.4 Well-presented assignment, double line spaced, 12 point font, page numbers, 3 or 4 consistent errors with spelling or grammar. 6.5-7.4 Adequate assignment presentation, double line spaced with 12 point font. No page numbers, 4 to 7 consistent errors with spelling or grammar. 5-6.4 Poorly presented assignment. Double spacing not used and 12 point font not used. Many inaccuracies in spelling or grammar. 4.9-0
Clear and succinct assignment that includes an introduction, a body and a conclusion. Strong supporting references. 8.5-10 Clear and appropriate assignment that includes an introduction, a body and a conclusion. 7.5-8.4 Appropriate assignment that includes an introduction a body and a conclusion. 6.5-7.4 Structure consists only of a list of the contents of the assignment. Topic not clearly described. 5-6.4 No recognisable assignment- no introduction, body or conclusion. 4.9-0
Organisation and structure is clear and easy to follow. Content is clearly relevant to the topic, the approach clearly and comprehensively addresses the topic and the argument proceeds logically. Well linked to supporting literature. 8.5-10 Organisation and structure is clear. Content is relevant to the topic, the approach clearly addresses the topic and the argument proceeds logically. Supporting literature is used appropriately. 7.5-8.4 Organisation and structure is appropriate. Content is appropriate and addresses the topic and the argument for the most part proceeds logically. Minimal omissions in links to supporting literature. 6.5-7.4 Organisation and structure allows misinterpretation of the meaning of the content. Content addresses the topic the argument is at times repetitive or lacks cohesion. Frequent omissions in links to supporting literature. 5-6.4 Organisation and structure detract from the meaning of the content. Content is irrelevant and or does not address the topic. There is a lack of cohesion. Little to no links to supporting literature. 4.9-0
Approach and Argument (40%)
Content is clearly relevant to the topic. The approach comprehensively answers the question and the argument proceeds logically. Contributing factors identified and extensively supported by the literature 17-20 Content is relevant to the topic, the approach clearly answers the question and the argument proceeds logically. Contributing factors identified and comprehensively supported by the literature 15-16.8 Content is appropriate and answers the question and the argument for the most part proceeds logically. Contributing factors identified and supported by the literature 13-14.8 Content answers the question although the argument is at times repetitive or lacks cohesion. Contributing factors identified with a cursory examination. 10-12.8 Content does not address all aspects of the assessment task. Inadequate description of required content. Little or no discernible critical thought. Contributing factors not identified. 9-0
Comprehensively discusses the contributing factors of poor communication, clinical handover, medication safety and clinical assessment. Strong links to academic literature17-20 Extensively justifies the .contributing factors of poor communication, clinical handover, medication safety and clinical assessment. Good links to academic literature.15-16.8 Generally identifies the contributing factors of poor communication, clinical handover, medication safety and clinical assessment. Satisfactory links to academic literature 13-14.8 Limited identification of the contributory factors of poor communication, clinical handover, medication safety and clinical assessment.. Perceptible critical thought. 10-12.8 Not able to identify the contributory factors leading to the adverse event. No links to academic literature.. 9-0
Referencing- 30%
Consistently accurate with in-text referencing to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 8.5-10 1 or 2 consistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 7.5-8.4 3 or 4 consistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 6.5-7.4 3 or 4 inconsistent in-text referencing errors identified to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations. 5-6.4 Referencing is not consistent with APA style.Many inaccuracies with in-text referencing to support and reflect all ideas, factual information and quotations.4.9-0
A minimum of 10 up-to-date references used including 1 up-to-date journal article as well as a relevant book and/or web site. 8.5-10 A minimum of 8 references used including 1 journal article as well as a relevant book and/or web site.7.5-8.4 A minimum of 6 references used including 1 journal article as well as a book and/or web site.6.5-7.4 A minimum of 4 up-to-date references used from relevant web site.5-6.4 Relevant references not used. Journal articles not sourced. Relevant web sites not used.4.9-0
Reference list appears in alphabetical order and fully adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 8.5-10 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and consistently adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style.7.5-8.4 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and frequently adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 6.5-7.4 Reference list appears in alphabetical order and occasionally adheres to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 5-6.4 Reference list appears in no alphabetical order and does not adhere to reference list presentation guidelines APA style. 4.9-0
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Tuesday (16-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Week Ten Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 2345
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Assignments with feedback and a grade will be returned to students within 4 weeks of the assessment item due date.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
As above
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through NURS11159 Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss historical and contemporary factors that have influenced the image, status and practice of nursing.

2. Examine the principles of communication theory and professional communication in various mediums to provide accurate and concise information.

3. Associate the role of professional governing bodies in relation to professional nursing practice, patient safety and governance.

4. Apply basic principles of numeracy and literacy as they relate to medication calculations and professional writing.

5. Explore the culture and diversity of nursing and respond appropriately to the opinions of others.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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