Courses & Units

Professional Issues in Nursing Practice CNA309



Spring School (Extended) dates for 2015/2016:

Commences Monday 16th November 2015 – Friday 18th December 2015
Census Date Friday 14th December 2015
Recommences Monday 4th January 2016 – 5th February 2016


This unit explores contemporary issues in professional nursing practice. Students are encouraged to identify and critically engage with the complexities of organisational and regulatory frameworks that impact on nursing as a profession. Consideration is given to the social and political contexts of health care and the position of nursing within those. Students will reflect on their own experiences in practice across a range of clinical settings to consider the implications of challenges facing the nursing profession and the transition from student to new graduate registered nurse.


Unit name Professional Issues in Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA309
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Dr Shandell Elmer

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school (November) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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.

About Census Dates

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (November) 13/11/2017 11/12/2017 19/12/2017 10/2/2018



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,360.00 060301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Fully online.


Online tutorial work 50% (Self-Evaluation-Statement addressing selection criteria 25%, Online Discussion within MyLO and submission of postings 25%)  and Written essay 50%

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Chang, E & Daly, J (eds) 2012, Transitions in nursing. Preparing for professional practice 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Chatswood, NSW

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