nsg5cpd clinical practice development




Credit points: 20

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the context and development of evidence based practice and critically examine what counts for evidence in the development of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). While Master of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner) students are expected to develop a clinical guideline during this unit, other students are expected to critically examine and update a clinical guideline. In this way all students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the principles of evidence based practice. Students are encouraged to build a personal portfolio of protocols and/or CPGs that can be used in their clinical practice. For some students this would also be used as part of their Nurse Practitioner portfolio for the Nurses Board.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points20

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Murphy

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects NSG5EDN and NSG4CAU and NSG5CAU

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students require access to a health setting in order to conduct a clinical audit. Students enrolling in this subject are normally required to be working clinically in their area of speciality for a minimum of 20-hours per week.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUsing Evidence to guide nursing practicePrescribedCourtney, M. & McCutcheon H. (2010) 2nd EdELSEVIER: SYDNEY

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Distance Education, 2015, Semester 1, Distance Education


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaria Murphy

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 20.0 hours placement - off site per week and delivered via blended.
"Students enrolling in this unit are normally required to be working clinically in their area of speciality for a minimum of 20-hours per week."

Problem Based Learning
One 50.0 hours problem based learning per study period and delivered via distance education.
"A flexible learning package that is equivalent to 50 hours of classroom learning. Adjunct material will be posted on LMS."


Assessment elementComments%
One 1,800 to 2,100-word report30
One 4,200 to 4,900-word report70