Introduction to Professional Nursing

Unit Information 1 of 8 NUR120 Introduction to Professional Nursing Credit points: 10 Mode: Internal/External Assumed knowledge: Nil Location: Casaurina Pre-requisite(s): Nil Learning method: Online Reliant Year: 2015 Semester: 1 Unit coordinator: Lolita Wikander School: School of Health Phone: 08 89466832 Email: Lolita.wikander@cdu.edu.au Unit Description NUR 120 Introduction to the Profession of Nursing introduces students to health, wellness and illness as concepts within a primary health care framework; the art and science of nursing; the role and expectations of the nurse within an interdisciplinary team working in primary, secondary and tertiary settings in the Australian health care system. Foundation concepts in nursing as a profession, professionalism, scholarship, and health law and ethics are explored. Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit a student should be able to: 1. Identify ways in which history, language and culture have shaped nursing as a practice and as a scholarly discipline; 2. Critically reflect on the values and characteristics of professionalism that contribute to health care through collaboration, cooperation and therapeutic communication; 3. Articulate the key principles underlying ethical, legal and professional guidelines and codes that underpin the practice of registered nurses in Australia. 4. Demonstrate developing skills in academic and information literacy that provide a foundation for evidence based nursing. 5. Articulate and define the NMBA Competency Standards, Codes of Ethics and Codes of Practice for the Registered Nurse. 6. Develop a critical and reflexive approach to nursing practice. Teaching and Learning Strategies This unit is offered in internal or external modes of teaching and learning and is online reliant. It may incorporate any of the following: discussion board, tutorials/ lectures, group work, journaling, flipped classroom activities. Participation Internal students are expected to attend a two hour lecture/tutorial each week up to week 10. These lectures/tutorials will consist of group work based on the previous week’s readings. External students will have access to Collaborate sessions based on the previous week’s readings. These sessions will be recorded so that students can access them at any time. 2 of 8 It is recommended that students undertake 10 hours of study each week for this ten credit point unit. Specific details of individual class times can be obtained by accessing the class timetable at: http://www.cdu.edu.au/timetable Overview of Assessment Item Description/Focus Value Relates to learning outcomes 1. Written Essay (1500) 40% 3, 4. 5 2. Case Based Essay (2000) 60% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Recommended Resources A laptop or portable device capable of connecting to the internet to use in class Required textbook(s) Daly, J Speedy, S & Jackson, D (eds) 2013, Contexts of Nursing: an introduction, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney, Australia. Recommended Reading Kerridge, I Lowe, M & Stewart, C 2013, Ethics and law for the health professions, 4th edn, The Federation Press, Leichhardt, NSW. Required textbooks can be ordered from the CDU Bookshop through their website at http://www.cdu.edu.au/bookshop 3 of 8 Learnline (Online Learning System) Learnline is Charles Darwin University’s on-line learning system http://online.cdu.edu.au/. In this unit, Learnline may be used to:  provide important announcements about the unit  distribute lecture slides, and other study materials  complete online assessments  access feedback from tasks and grades for assessable work  provide a communication point where you contribute to discussions as part of your assessment, and to interact with other students in the unit You will need to have regular and reliable broadband access to complete unit requirements. Access to Learnline may not be available until Day 1 of Semester. eReserve Course Readings eReserve Course Readings allows electronic copies of journal articles, book chapters and lecturer notes that have been recommended by a lecturer as part of their course reading requirements. You can access eReserve Course Readings at http://ereadings.cdu.edu.au . This site is password protected. Your CDU student login will provide you access. You can then search for items by Lecturer, Unit Code, Title, Author, keyword, Year or Date if you have that information. Learning Schedule Weeks Topics Assessment 1. ONE Past, present and future trends in nursing 2. TWO National Competency standards for the registered nurse 3. THREE The art of caring 4. FOUR Scholarship and critical thinking in Nursing 5. FIVE Health Care delivery in Australia ASSIGNMENT ONE DUE 6. SIX Professionalism in nursing 7. SEVEN The multidisciplinary team 8. EIGHT Multiculturalism in nursing 9. NINE Introduction to legal aspects for nurses and nursing practice 10.TEN Advocacy 11.ELEVEN End of life 12.TWELVE Summing it all up! ASSIGNMENT TWO DUE 4 of 8 Assessment Item 1 Description/Focus: Written Essay Value: 40% Due date: 13:00 (Darwin time) Monday Week 6 Length: 1,500 words Task: Universities use the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse when developing nursing curricula and assessing student and new graduate performance. Your task for this assessment is to: 1. Select a domain from the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse 2. From that domain select a competency or subsection of a competency 3. In essay format discuss how the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse and more specifically your selected standard relate to you and your role as a student or future Registered Nurse. It is recommended that you consider the following points in your essay: 1. The purpose and function of the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse 2. The relationship between the National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse, the Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia 3. The significance of the selected competency or subsection 4. How you believe you can best meet your selected competency or subsection. Presentation: Writing  Write in the third person; avoid personal pronouns such as ‘I’ and ‘you’.  Avoid long, confusing sentences and check that your tenses (past, present and future) are consistent within the same sentence.  Avoid posing questions; work the information into the paragraph. 5 of 8  Use plain English. It is essential your meaning is clear and that you demonstrate your understanding of the nature of the topic.  Write your essay to the marking rubric, as this is where lecturers mark from. Writing Tips As you construct your essay you need to:  Use correct punctuation, spelling and syntax (sentence structure)  Paraphrase ideas from your reading/research, don’t just copy them  Avoid use of direct quotations.  Ensure you use APA 6th referencing style. References  As good practice, whenever you include (cite) an author in your writing, ensure you include the full reference to the text referred to, at the end of your writing task.  To find appropriate sources, use the CDU library online journal databases.  Use APA referencing guidelines can be found on the CDU Library website. Download a copy and keep it to hand so that you can refer to it regularly as you learn the skills of referencing.  The APA 6th referencing system should be used as per the referencing guidelines on the CDU Library Website  Peer reviewed journal articles are your best sources. Avoid non-refereed sources such as editorials, monthly columns or non-refereed journals.  It is useful to include your set text as a reference but otherwise keep the number of books to a minimum.  Your reference list should contain a minimum of 4 quality references that are no older than 5-8 years. This does not include Wikipedia or dictionaries.  Information gained from Internet sites varies greatly in depth and quality of content.  Internet sites must be relevant and reputable, for example, the NWBA website. Physical presentation  Use Times New Roman, Tahoma or Arial, 12 point font. Do not use bold type.  Use 1.5 or double spacing;  Do not use headings;  Include page numbers; provide your name in the footer of the document, e.g. smith_jane-s0077363_Assign2_NUR120  Include the correct cover sheet at the front of your final submission  Ensure you submit this assignment through SafeAssign. The ‘Draft checking’ (see green menu) facility is available to you 6 of 8 as a check regarding the quality of your paraphrasing. Assessment criteria: Please see marking rubric in learnline Assessment Item 2 Description/Focus: Case Based Essay Value: 60% Due date: 13:00 (Darwin time) Monday week 12 Length: 2,000 words Task: Sanjita is a 26 year old woman with end stage metastatic ovarian cancer. She has a husband and one child. Sanjita has undergone extensive, aggressive treatment but is now palliative. She has an Advance Care Directive and a Plan of Care which states that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not to be attempted in the event of a cardiac arrest. Sanjita has opted to die at home with her family but is in your ward today to have her ascites drained. You are a first year student nurse and caring for Sanjita with your preceptor. You and your preceptor have been to morning tea, however, you return a little early before your preceptor. You hear three buzzers coming from Sanjita’s room and on investigation find an agency nurse resuscitating Sanjita. In essay format use this case study as a basis to discuss: Death, dying and the historical role of the nurse The importance of professionalism, collaboration, cooperation and therapeutic communication The key underlying ethical, legal and professional principles inherent in this scenario Your role and scope as a student nurse as underpinned by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia codes and guidelines. Presentation: Writing  Write in the third person; avoid personal pronouns such as ‘I’ and ‘you’.  Avoid long, confusing sentences and check that your tenses (past, present and future) are consistent within the same sentence.  Avoid posing questions; work the information into the paragraph.  Use plain English. It is essential your meaning is clear and that you demonstrate your understanding of the nature of the topic.  Write your essay to the marking rubric, as this is where 7 of 8 lecturers mark from. Writing Tips As you construct your essay you need to:  Use correct punctuation, spelling and syntax (sentence structure)  Paraphrase ideas from your reading/research, don’t just copy them  Avoid use of direct quotations.  Ensure you use APA 6th referencing style. References  As good practice, whenever you include (cite) an author in your writing, ensure you include the full reference to the text referred to, at the end of your writing task.  To find appropriate sources, use the CDU library online journal databases.  Use APA referencing guidelines can be found on the CDU Library website. Download a copy and keep it to hand so that you can refer to it regularly as you learn the skills of referencing.  The APA 6th referencing system should be used as per the referencing guidelines on the CDU Library Website  Peer reviewed journal articles are your best sources. Avoid non-refereed sources such as editorials, monthly columns or non-refereed journals.  It is useful to include your set text as a reference but otherwise keep the number of books to a minimum.  Your reference list should contain a minimum of 4 quality references that are no older than 5-8 years. This does not include Wikipedia or dictionaries.  Information gained from Internet sites varies greatly in depth and quality of content.  Internet sites must be relevant and reputable, for example, the NWBA website. Physical presentation  Use Times New Roman, Tahoma or Arial, 12 point font. Do not use bold type.  Use 1.5 or double spacing;  Do not use headings;  Include page numbers; provide your name in the footer of the document, e.g. smith_jane-s0077363_Assign2_NUR120  Include the correct cover sheet at the front of your final submission Ensure you submit this assignment through SafeAssign. The ‘Draft checking’ (see green menu) facility is available to you as a check regarding the quality of your paraphrasing. Assessment criteria: Please see marking rubric in learnline 8 of 8 CDU Graduate attributes CDU graduate attributes refer to those skills, qualities and understandings that should be acquired by students during their time at the University regardless of their discipline of study. (See http://www.cdu.edu.au/graduateattributes/index.html ). In this unit, the following graduate attributes are developed: Attribute Description Learning outcomes Acquisition Can identify, retrieve, evaluate and use relevant information and current technologies to advance learning and execute work tasks. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Application Is an efficient and innovative project planner and problem solver, capable of applying logical and critical thinking to problems across a range of disciplinary settings and has self-management skills that contribute to personal satisfaction and growth. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Creativity Can conceive of imaginative and innovative responses to future orientated challenges and research. 4 Knowledge base Has an understanding of the broad theoretical and technical concepts related to their discipline area, with relevant connections to industry, professional, and regional and indigenous knowledge. 1, 2, 3, 4,5 Communication Demonstrates oral, written, and effective listening skills as well as numerical, technical and graphic communication skills in a cross generational environment. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Team work Has a capacity for and understanding of collaboration and cooperation within agreed frameworks, including the demands of inter-generational tolerance, mutual respect for others, conflict resolution and the negotiation of productive outcomes. 5 Social responsibility Is able to apply equity values, and has a sense of social responsibility, sustainability, and sensitivity to other peoples, cultures and the environment. 1, 2, 3, 4,5, 6 Flexibility Can function effectively and constructively in an inter-cultural or global environment and in a variety of complex situations. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Leadership Can exercise initiative and responsibility, taking action and engaging others to make a positive difference for the common good. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

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