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ANP8008 Diagnostics and Assessment

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Hancy Issac


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or MNSG or MNRS or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or GCNG or GDNG or GCNM


The collation, analysis and interpretation of diagnostics and assessment data of a client's health status are fundamental to autonomous and collaborative health care within a specific context. Advanced practice nursing utilises extended and expanded skills, experience and knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, diagnosis and evaluation of the care required. This course prepares registered nurses to make informed and judicious decisions about the use of specific diagnostic tools, the synthesis of assessment data and appropriate therapeutic responses to health care needs.

This course introduces the registered nurse to the advanced nursing praxis of correlation of assessment data, diagnostic testing and evidence based management to determine a differential diagnoses related to scheduled medicine administration. Students will apply evidence based practice to the skills of physical assessment and interpretation of health data and status, to validate the appropriate protocol for administration of scheduled medicines.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate Review and analyse cultural safety in relation to health assessment, diagnostics and scheduled medicines;
  2. Perform a comprehensive health assessment and document the findings;
  3. Analyse and interpret patient assessment and diagnostic data to select /provide appropriate interventions within legislative and professional frameworks;
  4. Identify the availability of diagnostic procedures and their application to establishing health status within a context of practice;
  5. Use inter-professional communication to facilitate the management of scheduled medicines;
  6. Critically analyse the impact of altered health status on the individual, family and community.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Advanced Health Assessment – this module covers comprehensive health history and physical examination, focussed assessment, psychosocial and cultural/spiritual history, family medical history, prescribed and over the counter medications, documentation and collaborative communication. 40.00
2. Foundations in diagnostics - this module will guide and expand the student’s ability to use clinical evidence and nurse initiated diagnostics to develop a differential diagnostic framework for patient care. 40.00
3. Critical analysis of the impact of altered health status on the individual, family and community. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Dains J, Baumann LC & Scheibel P 2020, Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 6th edn, Elsevier Mosby Inc.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 40 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz No 40 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Portfolio No 20 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Practical Practical No 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022