Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Grace Stankiewicz (PENINSULA)


The aim of this unit is to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive foundation for the assessment of clients' health status in order to determine and deliver competent nursing care based upon the goals of health restoration, maintenance and promotion.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. analyse health assessment data using a problem solving approach in order to develop an appropriate plan for client care;

  1. relate the concept of holistic health to nursing health assessment and nursing practice;

  1. identify communication skills that will enhance the nurse/client therapeutic relationship;

  1. discuss the importance of using a practical framework for delivering appropriate client care;

  1. completely assess and record a client's health history; and

  1. perform and document a systematic physical assessment.


Assignment 1: 25%
Assignment 2: 25%
Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)


Contact hours

One (1) hour of lecture per week
Two (2) hours ofTutorial per week
Two (2) - four (4) hours private study per week.


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing Practice