NRS399 Clinical Reasoning in Nursing 6 (8)

This capstone subject supports students to connect simulated practice to nursing practice in authentic health settings, through active participation in a range of simulation scenarios. Students will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to ensure the safety of those experiencing health challenges; promote healing and caring in practice; be mindful when communicating; and be confident to employ clinical reasoning, informed by the latest research evidence, to plan, prioritise, deliver and evaluate nursing care.

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


( NRS386 and NRS387 ) or NRS312

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate application and integration of assessment frameworks and techniques with the Clinical Reasoning Cycle to plan, prioritise, justify, implement and evaluate care in diverse settings and across the lifespan in a simulated environment;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to participate in the coordination of care in the context of the interprofessional team in a simulated environment;
  • be able to identify potential and actual adverse events and select appropriate interventions to maintain patient safety and optimise care in a simulated environment;
  • be able to apply aspects of mindful communication to caring in practice to promote healing-trusting authentic caring relationships, to people from across the lifespan, with a range of health conditions and specific physical, socio-cultural and spiritual needs; and
  • be able to document assessment findings and nursing care, for people from across the lifespan, with a range of health conditions and socio-cultural backgrounds, in accordance with scope of practice, including legal, ethical and professional requirements.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Simulation 1 - Cultural assessment - TAG Patient Safety Simulation;
  • Simulation 2 - Primary/Secondary Survey, including Head to Toe Assessment;
  • Simulation 3 - Coordination of Care;
  • Simulation 4 - Mental Health De-escalation;
  • Simulation 5 - "You're not listening to me" - Mindful Communication Simulation;
  • Simulation 6 - Medication Error - Recognition and immediate management; and
  • Simulation 7 - Paediatric Deterioration.

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 on 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 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 and 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 University campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resources.


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.