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HNN112 - Principles of Nursing Care

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:(Normally students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or an associated combined degree to enrol in this unit)
Unit chair:

J Hosking

Campus contact:

L McTier: Burwood (Melbourne), J Hosking: Waterfront (Geelong), S Ireland: Warrnambool, G Rea: IKE

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour class or equivalent cloud presentation/s, 1 x 1 hour seminar, 1 x 2 hour simulation session per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit is the first of two in the Clinical Studies in Nursing: Year 1 cluster. In this unit the notions of person-centred care, the role of nursing in the interdisciplinary team, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement approaches in health care are explored. To achieve this, opportunities are provided for students to explore the role of nurses in promoting healing environments for patients and their families. Key concepts to be addressed include assessment and management of patient function and risk, and promotion of patient comfort. An orienting framework will be provided to enable students to understand nursing skill development throughout the curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to further develop and integrate knowledge and skills learned during a one (1) week clinical placement.


Online tests 3 x 20 minute (equivalent 1000 words) 40%, examination (2 hours) 60%, skills (equivalent 500 words) hurdle requirement, clinical assessment: 40 hours pass/fail

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012

Prescribed texts

Berman, A, Snyder, S, Levett-Jones, T, Dwyer, T, Hales, T, Harvey, N, Luxford, Y, Moxham, L, Park, T, Parker, B, Reid-Searl, K & Stanley, D 2012, Kozier and Erb’s fundamentals of nursing, 2nd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Tollefson, J 2012, Clinical psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing students, 5th edn, Thomson, South Melbourne

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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