Professional Practice and Cultural Safety

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Professional Practice and Cultural Safety

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit focuses on establishing foundational nursing knowledge relating to the professional, ethical, social, and cultural dimensions of nursing practice that are developed further throughout the course. The unit introduces the legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks that underpin a career in the nursing profession. It develops knowledge, skills, and attributes that are required for professional practice as a registered nurse. The unit is underpinned by the model of cultural safety, which provides a framework for professional practice that will be used to demonstrate person-centred care, using the principles of partnership, power sharing, and protection. These concepts are integrated throughout the course and specifically developed in units that address health assessment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health, mental health, and integrated practice. These concepts are also considered in the final semester unit NSB305 Leading and Learning: Building professional practice, as students are preparing to enter the profession as registered nurses. The course themes emphasised in this unit are cultural safety and person-centred care.


    Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of the ability to:

    1. Apply knowledge of regulatory requirements and ethical and practice standards that underpin the nursing profession, and explain how they relate to the provision of person-centred care
    2. Apply theoretical frameworks to develop a foundational capacity for personal cultural self-reflection, and acknowledge the relationship of self to professionalism and the provision of person-centred care
    3. Analyse, reflect on, and explain how your personal social position, experience, and cultural identity influence the provision of culturally safe nursing care
    4. Apply knowledge of historical, social, and political issues to explain the socio-political context of healthcare and the impact of these structures on human health and consumer experiences of health systems
    5. Identify and analyse the dominant values, assumptions, and processes that shape health systems, care delivery models, and nursing practice in Australia.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.