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Clinical Governance (10193.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (195835) - View
  • Nursing Period 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (197409) - View
  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (192169) - View
  • Nursing Period 1, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (191899) - View

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This unit provides students with the opportunity to examine the issues involved in a workplace typified by change, complexity and ambiguity. Concepts associated with clinical governance are analysed and evaluated as critical for safe, culturally respectful and effective care. The unit focuses on quality improvement mechanisms and the provision of safe evidence-based care including the management and amelioration of clinical risk. Students will be challenged to explore the clinical management skills required to enable effective teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Examine the critical role of nursing in clinical governance;

2. Evaluate the key skills of clinical management for quality-improvement;

3. Apply the principles of managing complex physical and human resources within diverse clinical settings;

4. Discuss and describe the use of risk frameworks to aid identification and amelioration of clinical risk;

5. Critically evaluate practice to further develop the role of risk management by nurses; and

6. Critically analyse the role of nurses in advocating for improved patient outcomes.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, consisting of 1 hour per week of online pre-seminar preparation and 2 hours per week on-campus Interactive seminar.


Must have passed 36 credit points.



Assumed Knowledge


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Equivalent Units

9059 Leadership and Clinical Governance

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