Integrating Nursing Concepts 4 (10206.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Nursing||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit has a focus on the development of technical and non-technical nursing skills including care co-ordination, working with complexity and diversity, and end of life care. Informed by assessment and integration of multiple knowledges and perspectives, students will identify actual and potential health needs and goal orientated nursing interventions. Students will engage safely in the provision of person-centred care in simulated and supervised clinical settings across different care contexts. In applying evidence informed theoretical knowledge and clinical skills, students will reflect on and identify their personal learning and development for their upcoming transition period.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Model inclusivity and working in partnership with people and families who have varied health literacy levels and communication needs to problem solve, provide health education and achieve co-created care goals;
2. Create co-ordinated plans of care for people experiencing complex multimorbidity in non-acute settings, understanding quality use of medicines relating to polypharmacy, recognising health deterioration and escalation of care;
3. Model safety in the simulated environment for people with complex nursing care needs including documentation, clinical handover, risk assessment and prevention, time management, medication administration, teamwork and care co-ordination;
4. Apply palliative care principles for people and families at the end of life demonstrating culturally safe after death care;
5. Utilise health assessment skills, health data, clinical reasoning and previous learning to identify health needs, articulate rationales for care and implement person-centred nursing practice under supervision;
6. Use reflective and evidence based approaches to create a professional development and learning plan which supports readiness for the transition to practice year; and
7. Demonstrate expected level of understanding and performance in simulated and professional environments commensurate with the scope of practice for Integrating Nursing Concepts 4.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
Prerequisites10205 Integrating Nursing Concepts 3 AND
10202 Concepts in Pharmacology OR 11964 Concepts in Pharmacology AND
11835 Person-Centered Practice in Nursing OR 10194 Therapeutic Use of Self 1
Equivalent unitsLearning for Professional Practice 4, 9061.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Mr Brad Leeson|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Mr Brad Leeson|
|2024||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Mr Brad Leeson|
- American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.
All UC nursing courses use APA 7th Edition for referencing and writing style.
Students may choose to either purchase this text or access a copy from the library to support their learning throughout the semester.
Use of a referencing text is beneficial and can be used throughout your program of study.
The UC Library also has a referencing guide which can be found here: https://canberra.libguides.com/c.php?g=599301&p=4148716
- Bauldoff, G., Gubrud, P. & Carno, M. (2020). Lemone and Burke's Medical Surgical Nursing - Critical thinking for person-centred care. (7th ed.). Pearson.
- Bryant, B., Knights, K., Darroch S., & Rowland A. (2019). Pharmacology for Health Professionals. (5th ed.). Elsevier.
- Clendon, J. & Munns, A. (2018). Community Health and Wellness Principles of Primary Health Care. (6th ed.). Elsevier.
- Crisp, J., Douglas, C., Rebeiro, G. & Waters, D. (2020). Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing – ANZ. (6th ed.). Elsevier.
- Ferrell, B. & Paice, J. (2019). Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. (5th ed.). Oxford.
- Levett-Jones, T. (2022). Clinical Reasoning : Learning to think like a nurse. (3rd ed.). Pearson.
- McCormack, B. & McCance, T. (2016). Person-Centred Practice in Nursing and Health Care: Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.
Students may choose to either purchase the texts or access a copy from the library to support their learning throughout the semester.
All INC units use Med+Safe®. Students will be provided access to this resource during the teaching periods they are enrolled in an INC unit.
- Harris, P,. Nagy, S., & Vardaxis, N. (2018). Mosby's medical dictionary of medicine, nursing and health professions. (3rd ANZ Ed). Elsevier.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items will be submitted online via the Canvas teaching site, unless specifically instructed by the unit convenor.
The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
- Student ID number
- Assessment Name
- Word Count
Student's names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submissions. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their assessment during business hours to ensure access to Student Support Services including IT Service Desk and the Library. It is important to note that personal network/computer/technical problems are generally not considered acceptable grounds or reasons for an extension to the due date. Students who are experiencing difficulty uploading a submission are strongly encouraged to take a screenshot of any error messages, including the date and time, and contact Service Desk for technical support.
Students must submit their own original work that has not been previously submitted for assessment at the University of Canberra. Self-plagiarism is grounds for referral for academic misconduct. In this context the student is being assessed as an individual.
Where the student participates in a group or paired assessment in a clinical unit (including but not limited to clinical hurdle assessment and/or OSCE) each student's work is being assessed individually and concern related to collusion will be referred to the ADE (Health) as per the summary inquiry process.
Students can apply for one (1) extension, to the submission due date for an assessment item, if the student experiences extenuating circumstances and are able to provide documented evidence. Additional extensions will not be approved. If the student experiences ongoing extenuating circumstances the student is encouraged to meet with the unit convenor to discuss their enrolment in the unit.
Students must ensure that when applying for an extension to the due date their application meets the requirements as per the University of Canberra Assessment Procedures. This means that students must ensure that when applying for an extension all required components are submitted to the assessment extension application prior to the assessment due date. It is the student's individual responsibility to ensure that applications are completed in full and in a timely manner.
In the event that a student experiences significant extenuating circumstances the unit convenor may seek guidance from the BN Convenor to support the student's progression and participation across enrolled units of study within the same teaching period. Please see the extension section of this unit outline and the dedicated page on the BN Canvas site for more information.
To pass this unit, students must:
- Submit all assessment items as instructed, and
- Attend 100% of scheduled workshops and seminars, and
- Achieve a Pass (50% or more) in the OSCE, and
- Achieve satisfactory completion of clinical hurdle/s where applicable, and
- Achieve 100% on the Med+Safe® quiz
- Meet attendance requirements of the scheduled PEP, and
- Achieve a satisfactory assessment for PEP, and
- Achieve 50% overall.
PEP within the Bachelor of Nursing program is privileged as a critical nursing development opportunity for students. All Integrating Nursing Concepts (INC) units have discrete theory components and a clinical practice component where student capability is assessed. For INC units where the PEP is scheduled after the unit teaching and unit results are known, students must be on a passing grade to continue onto their scheduled placement.
Any upcoming placement (PEP) will be cancelled by the CareersUC Placement Team on the advice of either the Unit Convenor and Nursing Professional Practice Convenor, where students meet one (1) or more of the following criteria:
- Overall unit mark achieved is less than 50/100
- have failed their OSCE
- have failed their Pre-PEP clinical hurdle
- have not completed Pre-PEP requirements including manual handling training.
Failure to satisfactorily complete Pre-PEP and/or PEP requirements will result in a fail (NC) grade for the unit.
Special assessment requirements
Information on extensions and special considerations for assessments can be found in the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures.
Moderation will be undertaken for assessment items to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. Moderation processes are in line with the Faculty of Health guidelines and the University Assessment Procedures
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
It is strongly advised that students do not submit an assessment or sit an exam if they are ill or hold a current medical certificate. No consideration will be given for illness when the assessment or examination is marked.
In the event students are ill they are strongly advised to apply for an extension to the due date of an assessment, as outlined on the unit Canvas site and/or contact their unit convenor to arrange a deferred exam, prior to the due date of the assessment/exam.
Integrating Nursing Concepts (INC) Units
PEP assessments provide opportunities to evaluate the student's ability to apply theoretical knowledge and frameworks, technical and non-technical skills in clinical practice settings. Students will be assessed for their ability to respond to and care for patients and families, using professional ethical nursing practice at year level. Students are required to implement skills safely and effectively in a variety of settings and are assessed against the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016) Registered Nurse standards for practice using the ANSAT tool. To receive a passing grade students are required to attain a score of 3 or higher in all sections.
As such, a satisfactory grade must be obtained in the clinical component to pass this unit.
To achieve satisfactory progress, you must:
- Attend all rostered PEP.
- If you are unable to attend for any reason, you must notify the placement site as soon as possible (before the scheduled shift) that you are unable to attend and notify your supervising Clinical Liaison Nurse (CLN)/Clinical Facilitator (CF).
- Absences must be reported and approved by the Nursing Professional Practice Convenor.
- Complete all Clinical assessment tasks as stipulated within the INC Canvas site.
Assessment will be moderated by the CLN team and Unit Convenor to ensure that judgments of students' performance are fair and valid. If you require further information on how the assessment tasks of this unit are assessed and moderated, please see the unit convenor.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Please note that as per UC guidelines, for each 3 Credit Point unit of study students should expect to spend approximately 150 hours per teaching period on both directed and self-directed activities to engage meaningfully in the unit content and to develop assessments for learning. All Bachelor of Nursing students are expected to undertake a minimum of five (5) hours per week per unit of directed/self-directed learning (SDL), related to content engagement, assessment preparation, clinical learning, or revision, in addition to their timetabled unit contact (i.e., lectures, workshops, tutorials).
In nursing where PEP is a requirement for professional registration, hours expected for engagement and to meet the unit requirements are necessarily adjusted and may fluctuate during the teaching period.
Inclusion and engagement
Any student with a reasonable adjustment plan (RAP) is asked to contact email@example.com to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be required for PEP.
Students within 364JA Bachelor of Nursing must ensure that they meet the Inherent Requirements relevant to the profession of nursing – it is each students responsibility to read and understand these UC Nursing Inherent Requirements statements. For support in meeting the inherent requirements, please make a time with Inclusion UC and your Course Convenor.
It is expected that students will participate in all learning opportunities in this unit. This is inclusive of all timetabled activities. Assessment items are linked to the unit learning outcomes, the NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and professional codes. Therefore, all students are required to attend and actively participate in all learning activities scheduled for this unit. Student can self-select their preferred classes via the Allocate+ system. All students are reminded that it is an ANMAC requirement that students complete their studies onshore, in Australia. This applies to both domestic and international students. If you are scheduled to undertake a unit of study in the upcoming teaching period and are experiencing extenuating circumstances preventing you from remaining on shore, please contact the International Nursing Student Convenor or the Bachelor of Nursing Course Convenor to discuss your ongoing course progression.
Students are expected to attend their allocated weekly workshop/tutorial (and seminar in INC units). It is the student's own responsibility to ensure they have read and understood the attendance requirements for this unit of study. Failure to meet the attendance requirements of this unit will result in a NC grade. In the event that a student experiences extenuating circumstances impacting on their ability to attend their allocated workshop the student must notify the unit convenor via the unit email and provide documentary evidence to support their absence.
Approved absences, opportunity to clarify learning and make up requirements – All units
Approved absences, supported by documentary evidence, will be determined at the discretion of the unit convenor, in line with the information available on the individual unit Canvas site.
It is the responsibility of the individual student to seek clarification if they have questions related to the content missed. In the first instance students are expected to post their question on the available discussion boards and await a response from the teaching/convening team or their peers.
Ongoing points requiring clarification are to be addressed in the available drop-in and/or make-up sessions. Students are also afforded the opportunity to contact the convening team via the unit email address as required.
Approved absences are not considered grounds for appeal.
As stipulated in this unit outline students are required to attend 100% of the scheduled timetable activities for this unit.
Where an approved absence is granted, the student will be:
- expected to revise any content missed, inclusive of:
- seminar activities
- required readings
- Canvas activities
- required to attend the available make-up practical session/s scheduled in week 8 and/or week 12 or 13 in the semester.
- Students will be advised of the available session/s relevant to their approved absence. If students identify further clarification is required, it is expected that they will attend a drop in session/s available within the individual unit.
The theoretical underpinning of caring science is fundamental to ensure safe nursing practice. Completion of all learning modules, including directed and self-directed study, and active participation in workshops is expected. Participating in workshop discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and also supports the learning of student peers (see NMBA RN standards for practice 2016 Standard 2 and related criterion https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards/registered-nurse-standards-for-practice.aspx
All INC Units are linked to PEP and as such, completion of all learning modules, including directed and self-directed study, and active participation in face-to-face workshops is expected. Participating in workshop discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and supports the learning of student peers (see NMBA RN Standards for Practice (2016) Standard 2 and related criterion.
Practical workshops attendance and active participation is required to enable students to practice the ‘skilful doing' aspects of nursing practice. Practical workshops enable students to translate concepts and theoretical understanding into ‘real world' applications safely while practicing professional communication skills. Absence from practical workshops must be notified to the Unit Convener via email with documentary evidence provided for a make-up workshop to be considered. Failure to attend practical workshops (as per above 5b) will prevent students from progressing to a PEP, hence failure to attend practical workshops is grounds for an NC (fail grade) in this unit.
Pre-Placement Requirements must be attended to and submitted via InPlace. Please consult with the Placement Team if your criminal record check, manual handling and/or immunisation schedule will become out-of-date while on placement for 2023.
Failure to complete the pre-placement requirements will result in the student's scheduled placement to be cancelled and an NC grade will be awarded. For more information regarding pre-placement requirements please review the work integrated learning (WIL) section of this unit outline.
Required IT skills
Please note the materials required for this unit section. You will require computer skills to access the internet upload to the Canvas university site submissions in various formats. This unit may involve online meetings in real time using a virtual room. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the UCLearn Student Help link.
Students undertaking units where there are assessment items conducted online are strongly encouraged to test their setup during the semester. Where support for troubleshooting technical issues is identified by students, students are encouraged to seek support from Service Desk.
The following costs are expected with this unit:
- Self-printing of any electronic material provided.
- Potential costs associated with remote learning activities and/or assessments (e.g., reliable computer and internet connection).
Work placement, internships or practicums
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) has accredited the UC Bachelor of Nursing program. For UC graduates to be eligible for registration as a nurse in Australia, attendance on PEP for the required number of hours over the course is mandatory. Therefore, attendance is compulsory for all scheduled PEP.
To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing degree, students must successfully complete the set number of clinical hours within a variety of clinical settings. The University of Canberra has developed relationships with a range of public and private health service providers to achieve this requirement. Students are representing the University and are expected to meet the University student conduct requirements.
PEP is organised by the CareersUC Placement Team and are scheduled throughout the calendar year, including during class free periods. Once allocated to PEP, students are expected to be available to attend that placement in the roster given by the placement site. There are a range of important learning opportunities available throughout the shift and students are expected to avail themselves of these opportunities.
Students are required to be punctual for placement and should receive their rostered shifts from the CareersUC Placement Team.
Required PEP Documents and Assessments
Each Integrating Nursing Concepts (INC) canvas unit contains activities within the online Clinical Placement Module that students are required to successfully complete prior to and during clinical placement. Documentation associated with each of the activities is provided within the module.
In units where the platform SmartaBase is used students will be provided information and education on using the system and associated placement requirements.
In line with requirements stipulated in the Student PEP guidelines any evidence of extenuating circumstances that affect a student's attendance schedule and/or location of PEP, must be provided to the Clinical Placements Team, by the deadline announced on the BN Canvas sites, for consideration during PEP scheduling. This includes clinical placement letters from Inclusion.
Prior to commencing PEP, all students are required to:
- Review the Clinical Placement Module and SmartaBase instructions (where applicable)
- This includes all associated due dates for each of the required activities.
- Complete all pre- placement requirements by the advertised deadline
- Accept the conditions and upload a signed copy of the UC Student Agreement.
During PEP, all students are required to:
- Complete and submit their mid-placement assessment.
Please note: It is expected that students will complete their scheduled PEP, in consecutive days. This is to support their learning and development, and to facilitate assessment of students against the required standards. Where students are absent from PEP and the absence impacts on continuity of assigned PEP, the remainder of the student's scheduled PEP may be rescheduled. The rescheduled PEP will be inclusive of the outstanding PEP hours and any required make-up time, to afford opportunity for the student to undertake PEP as required and be assessed appropriately.
After PEP, all students are required to:
- Complete and upload a copy of their timesheets
This must be completed within seven (7) days of completion of clinical placement.
Students who do not complete above activities, within the required timeframes, will not be able to commence/continue or finalise their PEP resulting in a fail, non-complete (NC) grade.
Additional mandated pre-placement requirements:
Pre Place is a required module and must be completed by any student attending a placement/internship. Students are required to upload the specific documents and complete the outlined training. To access this course please follow this link https://uclearn.canberra.edu.au/enroll/GBYNB8. Students will not be permitted to attend placement until they have completed the training and uploaded evidence to InPlace.
Students are advised to review InPlace regularly to check the status of their pre-placement requirements and to ensure that all contact details are up-to-date. This information must include an emergency point of contact or next of kin.
The CareersUC Placement Team requires evidence of the following before a placement can be organised:
- TB Screening
- NSW Health Forms
- National Criminal History Check
- Working with Vulnerable People Card
- Manual Handling Training Assessment
The student needs to upload this information to InPlace and ensure it is verified (green status) a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to commencing placement.
Industry mandatory requirements:
Students will be advised of any mandatory eLearning which must be completed for specific clinical placement sites via email or InPlace notification. Students are required to complete all eLearning as directed in this correspondence to participate in their PEP as scheduled.
Failure to complete required eLearning, or pre-placement requirements, within the advised timeframes will result in the cancellation of clinical placement (PEP) and a fail (NC) grade for the unit.
Students should check InPlace to ensure their Manual Handling training is current. Annual manual handling training is a pre-placement requirement for all nursing students in any health care facility. This may be in addition to any other e-learning required by a Health Service. Training information can be found on the Faculty of Health Canvas site. Students must complete all the online Manual Handling training modules and the quiz. Evidence of successful completion of the quiz is then uploaded to InPlace to show proof of completion of manual handling training. A practical training session will be needed - you will be advised of this via unit convenor.
Students should ensure that enough time is allowed to complete the online modules (1-2 hours), leaving this until the last moment will result in the student not being able to complete Manual Handling training and subsequent cancellation of their placement.
Failure to complete the required Manual Handling training, within the advised timeframes, will result in the cancellation of clinical placement (PEP) and a fail (NC) grade for the unit.
Clinical make up time
Unless they have evidence of extenuating circumstances, students are expected to complete all rostered clinical practice days, to satisfactorily meet the requirements of the Integrating Nursing Concepts unit. The Bachelor of Nursing 364JA is accredited to include 840 hours of supervised practice for course completion.
Students who are approved to complete make-up days because of absence due to extenuating circumstances, will have this arranged by the CareersUC Placement Team and will be notified via InPlace.
Students are strongly encouraged to self-audit their clinical hours regularly and compare these to the hours recorded on their InPlace profile to ensure accuracy.
Removal from Clinical Placement (PEP)
Students who demonstrate unsatisfactory progress towards the expected standard of practice for their enrolled Integrating Nursing Concepts unit at any point throughout their PEP will be commenced on an Individual Support Plan (ISP) with specific learning strategies and goals. If the strategies and goals are not met, students will receive an unsatisfactory Clinical Assessment, which will result in removal from Clinical Placement (PEP) and a fail grade (NC) for the unit. If the students conduct or practice constitutes a significant risk to public safety, as assessed by the clinical site, CLN, or CF a student's placement may be suspended or terminated immediately without an ISP in place. The student will meet with the Nursing Professional Practice Convenor and Discipline Lead (Nursing) and discuss their progress in the unit, and alternate arrangements may be made depending on the outcome of the meeting and any investigations or inquiries.