Courses & Units

Nursing Leadership and Policy Development CNA413


The first part of this unit aims to enable the registered nurse to identify and explore leadership within the context of contemporary nursing practice. Students enrolled within this unit will examine the skills and attributes of clinical leaders that they identify in their workplace with the overall aim of fostering the ongoing development of their own advancing clinical leadership skills. The establishment of advanced beginning level clinical leadership skills will have key implications for the registered nurses as future leaders in the nursing profession. This unit will assist the student in developing sound awareness of the differences between leadership and management. The content will critically examine what constitutes a leadership role and what good, quality attributes of a clinical leader are. The second part of this unit aims to focus on the development of understanding and insight into the principle components of clinical governance and its significance to the daily practice of the registered nurse. Students will review relevant and up to date quality improvement activities and scrutinise policies within their work environment and relate to contemporary literature on clinical governance with regard to application and implications for their practice development.


Unit name Nursing Leadership and Policy Development
Unit code CNA413
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Michelle Phillips
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Honours


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
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 an advanced theoretical understanding of clinical leadership and the implications for practice for the graduate nurse
  • critically analyse, and synthesise a broad understanding of clinical leadership and its significance to leadership roles, using communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas generated from theoretical and experiential research
  • review, analyse, and synthesise theoretical knowledge of clinical governance and how the application of this knowledge is relevant to the scholarship and practice of the registered nurse who values improving the quality of care and improved patient outcomes
  • exhibit and exercise the cognitive and technical skills to design and conduct a clinical audit or review a policy/quality improvement activity within the practice setting, executing either activity with a degree of intellectual independence to demonstrate an understanding of quality improvement and the importance of evidence based practices within the context of clinical practice.
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 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,746.00

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Teaching Pattern

Independent Learning with online, flexible delivery – 10 hours (weekly); 3 plenary sessions

AssessmentClinical Audit or Related Project (50%)|Professional Practice Improvement Episode (PPIE) (50%)
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