7 x 3-hour tutorials per semester
7 x 13-hour independent studies per semester
1 Admission into BNGU-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
1a Admission into BNGUC-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
1b Admission into BNGG-Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
2 NURS3006 - The Professional Nurse
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b) and 2)
Assumed knowledge
First year Nursing topics.
Assignment(s), Presentation, Quiz(zes)
Topic description

In this topic, students reflect and apply the principles of professional conduct as they transition to become a registered nurse. Students will explore their understanding of legal, ethical, socio-political, cultural and professional factors that impact on practice, to identify approaches to establish and maintain their professional integrity, conduct and ethical decision making.

Educational aims

This topic aims to identify the complexity of ethical problems in professional practice and to demonstrate the ability to use moral reasoning in developing solutions according to ethical standards. Students will appraise the impact of social, political, cultural, environmental and legal considerations on the role of the Registered Nurse. The concepts of clinical governance, leadership and supervision are further developed in relation to the Registered Nurse role.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss issues relating to social, political, cultural, environmental, ethical and legal considerations for the professional nurse within the context of a multidisciplinary team
  2. Interpret legal and ethical standards that are associated with evidence-based and person centred nursing care of vulnerable clients
  3. Formulate strategies to respond to factors that negatively impact on patient- and self-advocacy, with focus on challenges to the autonomy of the nurse and the patient, and legal and moral conflict in the workplace relating to the quality of care and protection of patients
  4. Evaluate the importance of continual reflection in person centred quality and safe provision of care

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.