NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills (8)

This subject aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate foundation knowledge underpinning nursing skills in the following practice areas: health assessment and risk screening, maintaining and enhancing skin integrity, alteration in bowel and urinary function, pre and post operative care and patient education at a beginning level. In addition knowledge and skills will be demonstrated in non-parenteral medication administration and numeracy. Teaching strategies will include simulation, face to face tutorials and online lectures and activities (for distance education students this will involve a 4 day residential school). Students enrolling in this subject will undertake 80 hours of workplace learning in a variety of health care settings in a supernumerary capacity under the supervision of a registered nurse. Each student's workplace performance will be assessed using the Nursing Competency Assessment Schedule (NCAS). Students will be engaged in professional reflective practice to enhance and guide their clinical practice.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS122. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course and Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).


BMS191 and ( NRS112 or NRS191 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conduct and document at a beginning level, a systematic, evidence based nursing assessment and risk screen (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 8.1, 8.2, 9.2).
  • be able to communicate clearly with team members, both in verbal handover and in written documentation (NMBA 1.3, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3).
  • be able to participate in the planning and documentation of nursing care in consultation with individuals, significant others and the interdisciplinary health care team in accordance with organisational and legal requirements (NMBA 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 9.2, 10.3).
  • be able to provide basic health education to clients in an effective manner, including appropriate documentation (NMBA 1.2, 2.5, 2.6, 7.7, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4).
  • be able to describe and demonstrate safe and legal medication administration via identified routes (NMBA 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.8, 9.2, 9.5).
  • be able to demonstrate competence in calculations related to medication administration (NMBA 2.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4).
  • be able to demonstrate a broad factual knowledge base pertaining to health assessment and risk screening, maintaining and enhancing skin integrity, alteration in bowel and urinary function, pre and post operative care and patient education (NMBA 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 2.6, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.7).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Potential and Actual Alterations in Skin Perfusion and Integrity.
  • Module 2: Potential and Actual Alteration in Bowel and Urinary Function.
  • Module 3: Health History and Assessment.
  • Module 4: Documentation of Assessment and Nursing Care.
  • Module 5: Peri-operative Care.
  • Module 6: Medication Foundation Skills.
  • Module 7: Health Education.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This is an introductory workplace learning component where students are introduced to the role of the nurse, basic assessment, wound dressing and medication management in an actual workplace.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

This will include tutorials and assessment of students through Clinical Skills Labs/Simulation. Development of physical skills through simulation is essential in the development of assessment skills.

Special Resources

Distance Education students will be required to travel to a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.