NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16)

This subject will allow students to consolidate and further apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their degree as they prepare to make the transition from student to graduate Registered Nurse. Using authentic scenarios, students will have the opportunity to integrate their theoretical knowledge with their critical thinking and problem solving abilities as they undertake comprehensive assessments in order to plan deliver and evaluate safe, evidence-based nursing care in a range of contexts. An elective clinical placement will allow students to refine and consolidate the application of their clinical skills while exploring an area of speciality practice that is of interest to them. The importance of time management and active participation in the multi-disciplinary team will be emphasised on this placement as students work towards managing an appropriate patient load with minimal supervision.


* 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: NRS327. 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).


NRS312 or ( NRS381 and BMS292 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad foundational knowledge of the legal, ethical and professional knowledge required for safe and accountable practice (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, 9.3, 9.5).
  • be able to conduct and document a comprehensive health assessment and physical assessment (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 7.4, 8.1).
  • be able to apply theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and clinical decision making skills to provide safe, person-centred nursing care in a workplace learning experience (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.7, 7.8, 8.1, 8.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3).
  • be able to access health information and research, and critically evaluate its application to address complex problems in the clinical setting (NMBA 2.6, 4.1, 5.1, 5.3, 9.3).
  • be able to apply theoretical knowledge to the safely administer and monitor the effects of medications, intravenous fluids and blood products (NMBA 1.2, 2.5, 7.2, 7.4, 9.3, 9.5).
  • be able to describe, implement and evaluate strategies to teach a colleague (NMBA 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 6.4, 9.2, 9.5, 10.3).
  • be able to critically reflect on their own practice and the practice of others with the aim of improving quality of care and patient/client outcomes (NMBA 2.5, 3.5, 4.1, 4.4).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Coordination of Care. This module will consist of a number of authentic, complex clinical scenarios and will be completed over the course of the session during face-to-face tutorials and clinical workshops. Topic areas will include: Aged Care. Paediatrics/Child and Family. Mental Health. Maternal Health. Acute Care. Chronic Care. Critical Care. Developmental Disabilities. Indigenous Health. Primary Health Care.
  • Module 2: Patient and Peer Education. To be completed during online lecture and self-directed learning time. Introduction. Principles of Adult Learning. Writing a lesson plan. Evaluation and tools. How to conduct a teaching session - teaching strategies and aids. Appropriate pitch of sessions - choosing your audience. Handouts - tips.
  • Module 3: Working in an Interprofessional Team. Delegation and roles in a nursing team. Time management. Roles of allied health. Development of leadership role. Attributes of leadership. To be completed during online lecture and self-directed learning time.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS327 in Session 3 2020. 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 %
Peer education
Intelli+learn - medsafe online test
Case analysis
Critical reflection
National competency assessment schedule (ncas)

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Tutorials and assessment of students through Clinical Skills Labs/Simulation.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

For distance education this subject will be supported by a 4 day 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 nursing skills related to coordinating patient/client care.

Special Resources

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.