Courses & Units

Introduction to Nursing Practice CNA111


Professional Experience Placement (PEP): Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (mornings, evenings, weekends and night shifts as per roster), may be required to relocate and are expected to travel to where the PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all SNM students must meet the requirements of the Health Science Safety in Practice Kit by completing and submitting all Safety in Practice Agreement compliance documentation to the School. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.


This unit introduces and facilitates the development of the fundamental knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour required for undertaking safe practice in health care environments. The unit highlights the importance of the NMBA National Competency Standards (2006) for the Registered Nurse in the practice context. It introduces a diverse range of registered nurse responsibilities and activities that occur in a variety of health care settings. Simulated, experiential learning and reflective practice are introduced in this unit.


Unit name Introduction to Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA111
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline School for Health Sciences
Teaching staff

School of Health Sciences Staff

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2015: $769.00 2015: $2,247.00 060305

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Teaching Pattern

One 50 minute lecture; Two 50 minute clinical laboratory session weekly. Lectures and laboratory sessions in conjunction with 80 hours Professional Experience Placement.


Online multiple choice quiz 1 (5%), Online multiple choice quiz 2 (5%), In-class multiple choice quiz 3 (20%), Case study 1200 words  (30%), Observed Structured Clinical Assessment (OSCA) Part a: skill (30%), OSCA Part b: written (10%).

Satisfactory Completion of Professional Experience Placement        Pass/Fail

Students will be assessed in practice against the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2006) National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse. Health care agency staff report formally and informally on progress in practice; however it is the SNM which has responsibility for determining the final assessment arising out of a professional experience placement (PEP).

Please note that students will also require a satisfactory performance in practice in order to pass the unit.

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