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NUR2399 Acute Care in Practice

Semester 3, 2021 Ipswich On-campus
Short Description: Acute Care in Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Michelle Cameron


Pre-requisite: NUR2204
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR2299

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Nursing is a practice profession that integrates the theoretical knowledge and practice within a range of settings. For an undergraduate nursing student the ability to link theory to practice is integral. This course relates to skills developed in the theory courses NUR2203 and NUR2204 Acute Care Across the Lifespan A and B. This course enables students to integrate theoretical knowledge into practice whilst caring for individuals with acute medical and surgical conditions. Students are able to apply beginning clinical skills of a Registered Nurse in accordance with the NMBA standards across a range of clinical settings.


In this course students are allocated to a clinical placement setting and undertake 160 hours of professional experience placement. Students learn concepts and skills related to acute care including pre and post-operative management, therapeutic communication skills, critical thinking, medication administration, team collaboration, reflection, clinical handover and decision making. The clinical practicum experience enables students to work within settings caring for individuals with acute medical and surgical conditions and to apply their learning to professional nursing practice.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency towards the NMBA competency standards of practice under the supervision of a Registered Nurse
  2. Analyse the potential for risk, hazard and quality in therapeutic procedures when caring for clients in clinical practice settings.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate technique in the administration of medications, infection control, manual handling and perform clinical procedural skills relating to the client with acute conditions or pre and post-operative care under appropriate supervision of a registered nurse
  4. Identify and demonstrate professional therapeutic oral and written communication skills and effective teamwork in interactions with peers and registered nurse supervisors within the clinical placement setting
  5. Demonstrate the ability to analyse events and to intervene appropriately commensurate with a second year level student to plan, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate care for clients with acute conditions or pre and post-operative care.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Clinical practice of fundamental nursing care including activities of daily living, medication administration; pre and postoperative care; application of fundamental psychomotor skills; transcultural principles; advocacy; medico legal aspects 30.00
2. Application within the clinical placement settings of fundamental psychomotor skills inclusive of acute oxygenation and perfusion requirements, movement and coordination, acute musculo-skeletal injury, acute bowel and urinary dysfunction, surgical wound care, acute cardiac assessment and therapies, diagnostic procedures, and regulatory mechanisms. 30.00
3. Clinical safety including infection control, manual handling, and identification of risk, patient’s rights, culturally appropriate care in alignment with the legal and ethical requirements of a nurse. 10.00
4. Demonstration of procedural knowledge and theory and competent practice related to medication administration 10.00
5. Apply assessment models in practice, of nursing care of patients/clients, utilise assessment skills, planning, implementation and evaluation of care outcomes; using a biophysical and holistic perspective, critical thinking; and reflective practice 20.00

Text and Materials

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Berman, A., Snyder, S. J., Levett-Jones, T., Burton, P. & Harvey, N (2017), Skills in clinical nursing, 8th edn, Pearson.
Brotto. V & Rafferty. K (2019), Clinical dosage calculations for Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edn, Cengage.
Levett-Jones, T & Bourgeois, S (2018), The Clinical Placement, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone.
Tollefson. J (2019), Clinical psychmotor skills: Assessment tools for nursing students, 7th edn, Thomson Learning Australia Pty Ltd.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (2010), A nurse’s guide to professional boundaries, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (2016), Registered Nurse Standards for Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) (2017), Code of ethics for nurses in Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) (2018), Code of conduct for nurses in Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 5.00
Clinical Placement 160.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ANSAT Final ClinicalEvaluation 1 25 11 Feb 2022 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)
ANSAT Interim ClinicalEvaluat 1 25 11 Feb 2022 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 2)
Clinical Reflection 1 25 11 Feb 2022 3,4 (see note 3)
Clinical Timesheet 1 25 11 Feb 2022 4 (see note 4)

  1. All other assessment items are to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 7 days after the student has completed the clinical placement.
  2. Interim Evaluation is to be signed by student and preceptor/facilitator and submitted electronically within 2 days after the student has completed 10 clinical shifts.
  3. Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes
  4. Refer to ANSAT Final Clinical Evaluation notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students MUST attend 100% of the clinical placement hours required for the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve 100% of the marks (mark of 1) for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all assessment items and achieve 100% (a mark of 1) for each assessment item and satisfactorily complete the Clinical Experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course and a satisfactory completion of the required proficiency hurdles.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. There is no supplementary clinical time. If unforeseen circumstances occur resulting in incomplete hours in relation to the placement, deferred clinical participation may be granted in accordance with the USQ compelling and compassionate circumstances policy or in the event of a facility closure or relocation at the discretion of placement availability and suitability with respect to course objectives. Other than when compelling and compassionate circumstances are evident, the objectives for clinical practice must be satisfactorily completed within the allocated time or a failed grade will result.

  2. Students have signed to acknowledge understanding of, and a commitment to, abiding by the Professional Experience Placement Declaration Guide. The student directions outlined within this guide must be followed and complied by students. Failure to meet the student obligations as outlined within the USQ Clinical Placement Declaration guide, relating to professional conduct whilst on placement, may result in the termination of the clinical placement and a fail grade.

  3. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA referencing style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways.
This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  3. Forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other Requirements

  1. 1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Mandatory Documents

    Students of clinical courses must submit the following mandatory documents to InPlace by the date given for the Professional Placement Office to allocate the current semester's clinical placement or a clinical placement will not be offered. To complete these documents go to the Mandatory Documents information on the Professional Practice Hub Study Desk (PPHub) and upload all forms to InPlace by the date specified each semester.

    Working with Children check (6-12 weeks to obtain)
    Pre filled application from the PPHub MUST be used to apply
    All QLD applications MUST go through the Professional Placement Office and sent to Blue Card
    See the Mandatory Documents List on PPHub for other state WWC links
    Upload: Copy of WWC card OR QLD students ONLY can provide APHRA registration instead

    Australian Police Certificate
    3 year expiry
    There is a list of acceptable providers on the PPHub
    Upload: Copy of certificate

    USQ Student Declaration
    Document is located on the last page of the Professional Practice Handbook
    Upload: Signed and witnessed Signature page at the commencement of each academic year

    CPR Certificate (2- 3 weeks to obtain)
    Must be renewed each year
    Must be nationally accredited hands on training course
    Upload: Copy of certificate

    Queensland Health Student Orientation Requirements
    Submit evidence only once
    Not required from GUC students (WA)
    Upload: Student Orientation Checklist (2 pages)
    Upload: Deed Poll (Signature page only)

    Queensland Health iLearn Certificates
    5 Certificates must be renewed annually
    Not required from GUC (WA) or Tasmania Students
    Upload: Copy of each certificate

    Upload: USQ branded VPD form
    An accelerated Hepatitis B vaccination process (under 4 months) will NOT BE ACCEPTED
    Influenza vaccination must be obtained at the start of flu season each year (usually April) and must be for the flu season for that year
    Upload: Evidence of date of injection
    Tuberculosis Risk Assessment form
    Complete and submit prior to your first placement
    Upload: Completed TB Risk Assessment form and evidence of clearance if required

Date printed 11 February 2022