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HNN026 - Legal Ethical and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Corporate Teaching Period 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in H011 Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses)

Unit chair:

Deana Copley





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Intensive unit made up of 32 hours of classes, could concepts and simulation


This unit will introduce the students to expectations of the profession including scope of practice for registered nurses, current issues, professional development and preparation for employment in Australia. The unit will also introduce cultural safety in particular issues relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and refugees within the Australian social, cultural, political and economic context in which health services operate as well as legal, ethical, political, social and cultural principles as they relate to nursing in Australia.


Assessment task 1: Group presentation (equivalent to 1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (1000 words) 20%

Assessment task 3: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Prescribed texts

Johnstone, MJ 2009, Bioethics: A nursing perspective (4th ed.). Sydney, Churchill Livingstone.

Staunton, P & Chiarella, M 2012, Nursing and the law (7th ed.). Sydney, Churchill Livingstone

Fleming, M.L., & Parker, E 2007, Health promotion: Principles and practice in the Australian context. Sydney, Allen and Unwin.

Lin, V Smith, S & Fawkes, S 2007, Public health practice in Australia. Sydney, Unwin and Allen.

McIlwraith, J 2010, Health Care and the Law, 5th ed, Prymont, NSW, Thonson Reuters (Professional) Australia.

Talbot, L & Verrinder, G 2005, Promoting health. The primary health care approach (3rd ed.). Sydney, Elsevier Churchill Livingston.

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