Courses & Units

Concepts of Nursing 1: Introduction to the Profession NUR131


Concepts of Nursing 1 centres on the foundational knowledge and skills relating to professionalism, practising in the discipline of nursing and being part of a regulated profession. The Standards and Codes that regulate nursing practice and the broad professional, discipline and quality and safety frameworks are introduced. You will explore the events and the people that have shaped contemporary nursing practice, including germinal nursing scholars and their impact on the development of nursing knowledge. Critical thinking skills will be introduced to enable you to engage in reflection of self and others and the ethical basis of nursing will be examined. An introduction to digital health, research and its relationship to evidence-informed practice will be provided. You will be introduced to skills to foster life-long learning and professional development.


Unit name Concepts of Nursing 1: Introduction to the Profession
Unit code NUR131
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing|Philosophy and Gender Studies
Coordinator Mr Richard Say
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 1 29/1/2024 21/2/2024 14/3/2024 28/4/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the professional, discipline, and quality and safety frameworks that regulate health and nursing in Australia.
  • Evaluate the influence of the events and the people that have shaped contemporary nursing practice.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to engage in reflection in relation to self and others.
  • Explain the ethical underpinnings of nursing as a profession.
  • Examine the impact of technology, digital health, and research on nursing practice.
  • Communicate in a professional manner and adhere to academic presentation requirements.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


AssessmentFormative Online Quizzes (10%)|Assumptions and stereotypes in nursing (15%)|In-class activity (35%)|Nursing as a profession (40%)
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Recommended Readings will be provided by your Unit Coordinator via the Reading List link in MyLO, or the unit Reading List on the University Library website.


Arnott, N, Paliades, P & Cruickshank, M (eds) 2018, The Road to Nursing, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia. 


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