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NS1911 - Foundational Nursing Studies and Practice

Credit points: 03
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

NS1911 is only available to graduates of an approved tertiary science or health science degree or students admitted to Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate) [100508]. Available via Townsville campus only.

This subject is designed for students who have already achieved at least an undergraduate science degree in an approved course. It will assist these students to gain the requisite skills required for them to safely proceed directly into the second year of the nursing degree. The skills and their underlying theory within this subject include basic material such as therapeutic communication, universal precautions (hand washing, gloving) self-care (no lifting practices), assisting with activities of daily living (feeding, bathing, positioning, mobilising), basic assessment skills (vital sign assessment, physical assessment, wound assessment) as well as other foundational nursing skills (medication administration, aseptic technique, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, documentation, pre-operative care and patient teaching).

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts underpinning the various foundational nursing skills;
  • develop and apply the clinical skills needed for client/patient assessment and nursing intervention in non-acute adult nursing care;
  • demonstrate the various basic nursing skills to at least a first year nursing student level during clinical practice;
  • utilise evidence/research based information for nursing practice;
  • apply skills of clinical decision making and reflective practice in caring for adults in non-acute clinical settings.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • 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;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that 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 read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
NS1211 and NS1222


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 3
Census Date 03-Feb-2011
Face to face teaching (9am-5pm over four consecutive weeks Mon-Fri prior to Orientation Week)
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Ms Marie Bodak.
Contact hours:
  • 2 hours lectures - Introductory lecture and clinical briefing prior to placement
  • 15 hours tutorials - Problem-based tutorials.
  • 25 hours practicals - Skills acquisition
  • 70 hours clinical placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 60%); quizzes or tests (10% - 20%); non-graded pass of skills - either osce or mastery (20%); essays (20% - 40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: An overall grade of Pass is required. Medical calculations test requires 100%. Satisfactory completion of practical or placement component.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.