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NS5002 - Contemporary Issues in Specialised Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

This subject aims to introduce the registered nurse to professional nurse practice issues. As reflective nurses students will explore issues such as human responses to illness, ethico-legal issues in specialty nursing practice and assessing specialised nursing practice using competency standards. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained to their area of specialised nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • recognise and demonstrate their ability to be a reflective practitioner by obtaining a satisfactory grade with their professional journal;
  • demonstrate their ability to development and implement interventions for complex care situations demonstrated through their reflective journalling and written essays for this subject;
  • demonstrate an understanding of an application of ethico-legal principles to their practice through their reflective journalling and written essays for this subject;
  • engage in activities which enhance their own and colleagues' ongoing education and abilities as a specialised practitioner and record the nature of these activities through the journalling process;
  • demonstrate, via the journalling process, an understanding of the principles and value of competency based assessment for specialised practice.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Irmgard Bauer
Lecturer: Dr Lea Budden.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: assignments.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.