NURS6621

Clinical Practice A

10 Units

This core course will provide Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) students with the opportunity to develop their scope of practice as an essential part of the clinical governance framework. Students will examine legal, ethical and cultural frameworks and the place of the nurse practitioner in the structure of modern healthcare. The development of clinical guidelines is a means of translating research into practice with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes and optimising client care.

This course will provide students from all other Master programs with the opportunity to develop their role within a clinical context. Students will examine legal, ethical and cultural frameworks and their role in the structure of modern healthcare. The development of clinical guidelines is a means of translating research into practice with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes and optimising client care.

All students in this course will critically appraise the use of clinical guidelines in their specialty practice utilising an advanced search strategy.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of a selected area of advanced practice based on critical analysis and synthesis of the literature relevant to their scope of practice or clinical context.
  2. Define and describe their scope of practice/ clinical context informed by a critique of the literature and an examination of the context of their practice.
  3. Critically analyse key issues associated with legal, ethical, cultural practices including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and professional boundaries relevant to clinical context, i.e., nurse practitioner/ advanced practice nursing/ midwifery, in Australia.
  4. Evaluate the literature surrounding clinical practice guidelines that are relevant to the student’ clinical context, i.e. nurse practitioner/ advanced practice nursing/ midwifery.
  5. Critically analyse key issues encountered when implementing clinical guidelines (potential benefits, limitations and harm).
  6. Provide a clear, concise and scholarly presentation commensurate with postgraduate level studies.
Content

All students will cover the following topics:

1.    Advanced literature searching skills /critical appraisal of current literature to provide a sound knowledge base relevant to the students scope of practice or clinical context;

2.    Key issues associated with scope of practice/ clinical context using available literature and the principles of evidence based practice;

3.    The political and socio-cultural factors that influence scope of practice/ clinical context, policy and legislation governing clinical practice and professional boundaries;

4.    Issues associated with the implementation and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines; and

5.    Guidelines for the development of a scholarly presentation commensurate with postgraduate level studies.

Requisites
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the M Midwifery Studies or M Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) or M Applied Management (Nursing) or M Nursing (Advanced Practice) or M Pharmacy or M Mental Health Nursing.
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of knowledge within a clinical context, discipline specific theories, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches within the health care context, concepts and theories relevant to practice, and current contemporary issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Competent use of an electronic citation manager e.g. EndNote
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Define a topic including search strategy, related to your clinical contex *
  • Annotated Bibliography: Annotated bibliography *
  • Written Assignment: Scholarly essay related to clinical context - Integrated Literature Review *
  • Professional Task: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Assessment (NP Students only) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 3. Annotated Bibliography: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 4. Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
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