Courses & Units

Foundations of Nursing 2 NUR138


Foundations of Nursing 2 builds on key concepts introduced in Foundations of Nursing 1. Within this unit you will continue to develop your understanding of major body systems across the lifespan. You will also advance your understanding of the clinical reasoning cycle and its application to assessing vital signs and conduct focused health interviews and physical assessments. Development of written, verbal and digital communication skills that incorporate the importance of privacy, confidentiality and security of health information form a key part of this unit.


Unit name Foundations of Nursing 2
Unit code NUR138
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mr Danny Sidwell
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 2 20/5/2024 11/6/2024 1/7/2024 11/8/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply clinical reasoning to facilitate health assessment and recognise deviations from normal parameters of health for cardiac and respiratory systems.
  • Communicate health assessment data effectively in verbal, written and digital format.
  • Assess and interpret patient vital signs, and identify normal or deviations from normal.

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.



NUR132 Foundations of Nursing 1


Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
educators and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Attendance at PEP is mandatory.

In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.

AssessmentPost-Intensive Tests. (15%)|Knowledge Application (40%)|Vital Signs Skills Assessment. (45%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Berman, A, Snyder, S, Levett-Jones, T, Burton, P & Harvey, N  2021, Skills in Clinical Nursing, Pearson Australia.


Moroney, T.¿(2020)¿‘Clinical Handover’¿in¿Critical Conversation for Patient Safety: an essential guide for healthcare students, ed. Tracy Levett-Jones, Pearson Australia¿


Recommendations for terminology, abbreviations and symbols used in medicines documentation – Summary sheet (ACSQHC)¿¿ 

Recommended Readings will be provided by your Unit Coordinator via the unit Reading List on the University Library website.

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