NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice (8)

This subject will examine a broad range of contemporary issues and trends that impact on nurses and nursing within the Australian health care context, such as risk management, patient safety, clinical governance, scope of practice, with an emphasis on the importance of professional communication, leadership and management. The focus of this subject is to prepare the graduating nurse with the necessary skills to transition from a nursing student into a registered nurse who is industry ready. This includes preparing the student for professional registration and professional interviews. It will ensure the student is equipped with the appropriate tools such as an e-portfolio, and interview skills to successfully transition.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS313. 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).


( NRS123 and NRS223 ) or ( NRS293 and BMS292 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and explain the nurses' scope of practice, including legal obligations and constraints (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 8.1, 8.2).
  • be able to present an e-portfolio which meets NMBA standards of maintaining a record of involvement in both formal and informal professional development (NMBA 1.1, 2.1).
  • be able to critically analyse incidents involving patient safety and make appropriate recommendations(NMBA 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 3.2, 6.4, 9.1, 9.2, 10.2, 10.3).
  • be able to use the principles of clinical governance and quality improvement to undertake a root cause analysis related to nursing practice (NMBA 1.3, 2.2, 2.4, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 7.4, 7.8, 8.1, 10.4).
  • be able to demonstrate leadership and management strategies by providing recommendations for changes in health care practice to address quality issues (NMBA 1.3, 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 3.5, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 9.2, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Professional Aspect of Transition to Registered Nurse (RN) - E-portfolio. Interview skills. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Module 2: Interprofessional Aspect of Transition to RN - Team work and delegation. Conflict resolution. Clinical governance, quality improvement, accreditation. Incident management systems.
  • Module 3: Clinical Aspect of Transition - Planning, problem solving and decision making. Evidence-based practice. Contemporary initiatives.
  • Module 4: Professional/personal Aspect of Transition - from student to teacher. Stress management. Work/life balance.
  • Module 5: Professional Opportunities - Lifelong learning strategies. Promotion and diversity.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS313 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Scholarly paper-improving patient safety
Professional e-portfolio
Critical reflection - mock interview

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.