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HNN026 - Legal Ethical and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Corporate Teaching Period 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

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:C Cleary
Contact hours:

32 hours


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 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.


Group presentation (equivalent to 1500 words) 40%, written assignment (1000 words) 20%, 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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