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HNN750 - Inquiry Into Specialty Nursing Practice

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Gabby Burdeu




HNN751 and HNN752 or HNN755 and HNN740

Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

^Theoretical component 3 hours per week - a combination of classes, cloud (online) modules and seminars. Students will be expected to undertake an additional 7 hours per week of independent study


This unit is part of the Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Care and Critical Care Specialty courses nested in the Master of Nursing Practice for students who are also employed in a suitable clinical area in partnership with Deakin University.

^Students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and are videoconferenced live to other venues.


This unit is designed to challenge registered nurses in specialist practice to advance their professional judgement, leadership and professionalism through reflection on, experiential learning in, and knowledge acquisition of, the contemporary healthcare practice environment.


In this unit, students will be required to explore the current and emerging trends, concepts, knowledge and evidence that provides the policy and practice framework in which the care of critically ill patients takes places specifically in relation to the:

  • Transcultural, ethical and psychosocial concepts of brain death, complicated loss and grief and critical incident stress debriefing within specialty areas including the nursing considerations of patient care, family and the multidisciplinary care team;
  • Current and emerging concepts of competency, specialisation and scope of practice; and considerations of nursing roles in outreach teams, managed care and critical care units without walls
  • Clinical governance, policy and practice development within specialty areas including the contribution of patient and consumer perspectives, and
  • Specialty area structure, process and outcome measures including patient and nurse-sensitive indicators for high quality safe care.


Assessment Task 1: Presentation 20%

Assessment Task 2: Portfolio 20%

Assessment Task 3: Written assignment (3000 words) 60%

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