Courses & Units

Advancing Transitions to Nursing Practice CNA408


This unit is experiential and practice focussed with an emphasis on development of the registered nurse in contemporary nursing practice. As a Work Integrated Learning unit, Registered Nurses will draw upon their experiences of nursing practice to develop cognitive, technical and communication skills required for working with nursing standards, ensuring quality and safety, establishing a strong work ethic, as well as focussing on consolidating knowledge and skills developed throughout the transition from 'beginning level competence' toward achieving 'proficiency' as a Registered Nurse.

Students will develop clinical and professional proficiency for working in Interprofessional teams to provide culturally competent care for nursing people in complex situations. Drawing on a critical analysis of the relevant evidence Registered Nurses enrolled in the unit will undertake contract-based clinical projects to extend and synthesise knowledge and skills as they are applied in practice in the workplace. Reflective reports will support practice, project development and evaluation. Students will also develop their professional practice portfolio and employ critical analytical and reflective abilities to develop their strengths as developing Registered Nurses as they work towards building confidence in the development of their individual professional identities.

This unit acknowledges the clinical work the new RNs are doing and helps them relate it to the professional practice framework to promote their learning and clinical acumen. It is customised to the workplaces they are in and supported through a learning contract, customised clinical project and the practice portfolio.


Unit name Advancing Transitions to Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA408
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Grace Bennett-Daly
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2023 22/11/2023 26/12/2023 18/2/2024
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate autonomy, clinical and professional judgement, adaptability and responsibility consistent with the professional practice framework of the Registered Nurse in Australia
  • Critically analyse, apply evidence to, and evaluate clinical practice
  • Communicate evidence based knowledge and skills to others
  • Plan and execute project work with a degree of independence.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060301 $2,062.00 $2,062.00 not applicable $10,984.00

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4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

Independent Learning with online, flexible delivery – 10 hours (weekly)

Assessment.|Mandatory Requirements (Professional Portfolio)|Personal Practice Improvement Episode (PPIE) (50%)|Service Learning Agreement or Client Report (50%)
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