NRS387 Clinical Reasoning in Nursing 5 (8)

This subject continues to build on the content of the previous clinical reasoning subjects to further develop the core knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to promote, safety, healing, caring in practice, and the use of clinical reasoning to aid clinical decision making.  There is a focus on the assessment and care of people with complex health challenges across the lifespan, including infants, children adolescents, adults and the elderly.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Bachelor of Nursing


( NRS282 and NRS283 ) or NRS223

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and apply assessment frameworks and techniques to the care of infants, children, adolescents, adults and older people in a simulated environment;
  • be able to identify and demonstrate selected evidence-based nursing interventions to promote safety, healing and caring in practice for infants, children, adolescents, adults and older people in a simulated environment;
  • be able to apply the Clinical Reasoning Cycle to interpret assessment findings, plan, justify and evaluate care in the context of complex clinical scenarios in a simulated environment; and
  • be able to discuss and apply aspects of mindful communication to promote healing - trusting authentic caring relationships and maintain patient safety in the context of complex clinical scenarios in a simulated environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Pediatric and Adolescent Assessment and Care;
  • Module 2: Adult and Older Adults Assessment & Care;
  • Module 3: Complex Respiratory Health Challenges;
  • Module 4: Complex Cardiovascular Health Challenges;
  • Module 5 - Trauma, Shock and Burns; and
  • Module 6 - Complex Mental Health Presentations.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

At the compulsory residential school, students will undertake simulation learning experiences in the simulation spaces, which may be permanent nursing labs each campus and/or other simulation learning spaces that replicate where nurses may work.

Each of the clinical case studies or health-related scenarios used to support the simulation learning experiences will focus on the role as a nurse. While there is at times consideration of the multidisciplinary team in the scenarios, and includes a hybrid approach that includes the lecturer/facilitator employing more than one type of simulation and to complete the whole scenario/to finish the scenario repetitive.

There are many different simulation approaches used in the SNMIH, including peer-to-peer, task trainers, role playing, human patient simulators, actors and computer-based simulation.

Students may find the clinical case study or health-related scenario, used as part of the simulation learning experience, includes a hybrid approach that includes the lecturer / facilitator employs more than one type of simulation.

To complete the whole scenario, students may move from one learning station to the next to finish the scenario.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory residential schools on Charles Sturt Universithy campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resources (minimum: lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab-based practicals).

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.