UNIT TITLE: Preparation for practice as a Registered Nurse

Assessment Two – Short Answer Responses

Type: Written Assessment – Short Answer Responses
Due date: 4pm (AEST) Tuesday 3rd October 2023 (Week 12) Weighting: 50%
Length: 1600 words (±10%)
Unit Coordinators: Natalie Browning and Chanchal Kurup

Course Learning Outcomes Assessed

  1. Identifytransitionalchallengesthatyoumayexperienceinyourtransitionfrom student to registered nurse and explain the skills and strategies you may require to manage this transition
  2. Explorepowerdifferentialsthatcanexistwithinhealthcareorganisationsand the tensions that may arise from these
  3. Identifyleadershiprolesundertakenbygraduateregisterednursesanddiscuss the skills required to undertake these roles
  4. Analysehowtheknowledgeofgovernancesystemscansupportthegraduate registered nurse to provide safe patient care


This assessment asks you to consider four different aspects of transitioning from a student nurse to a Registered Nurse: transitional challenges, power differentials, leadership, and clinical governance.


This assessment functions as a ‘choose your own adventure’. Each question provides multiple options; you need to choose one option to respond to for each question. Each question requires a short response of approximately 400 words (± 10%), for a total of

1600 words. Please include all four responses in a single Microsoft Word document, ensuring that each question is written in full with your chosen topic clearly identified followed by your response.

  1. 1)  Transitionalchallengesarecommonlyencounteredbymanynewgraduate Registered Nurses. Choose one of the transitional challenges below and outline two skills or strategies you could use/implement to successfully navigate the chosen transitional challenge as a graduate registered nurse in the Australian healthcare setting. (400 words)
    1. Roletransition(e.g.fromstudenttoRN,AINtoRN,orENtoRN).
    2. Adaptingtotheorganisationalcultureoftheward/unit/facility
    3. Joining a team
    4. Timemanagement
  2. 2)  Choose one of the examples provided below. Briefly outline the perceived power differential and discuss how this could impact the patient care provided by the graduate registered nurse (400 words)a. Agraduateregisterednurseneedstodelegateatasktoavery experienced enrolled nurse

    b. Agraduateregisterednurseneedstotalktothenurseunitmanager about the upcoming roster, which has the graduate registered nurse working ten eight-hour shifts in a row.

    c. A graduate registered nurse is preceptoring a second-year nursing student and needs to talk to them about their underperformance.

    d. Agraduateregisterednurseasksamucholderassistant-in-nursingto help with a hoist transfer. The assistant-in-nursing refuses and tells the graduate registered nurse to do the hoist transfer alone.

  3. 3)  Choose one of the advanced nursing roles below. Discuss two leadership skills you can develop as a graduate registered nurse which will help to prepare you for the chosen advanced nursing role (400 words)a. Clinicalnurseconsultant/specialist b. Nurseunitmanager

c. Director of nursing of a rural hospital

  1. Nurseeducator
  2. Nursepractitioner

4) Choose one of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards listed below. Analyse how you as a new graduate registered nurse could use one aspect of this Standard to improve patient care in a specific patient context (e.g. orthopaedic ward, residential aged care facility, child health nursing service, remote health clinic etc.). The importance of the chosen NSQHS standard for the specific patient context must be justified (400 words)

  1. PreventingandcontrollingInfections
  2. Medicationsafety
  3. Comprehensive care
  4. Bloodmanagement
  5. Recognisingandrespondingtoacutedeterioration

Literature and references

In this assessment use at least 5 references from relevant, high-quality and contemporary journal articles (<5 years) to support your discussion. You may also use seminal scholarly literature, textbooks and credible websites where relevant. When sourcing information, consider the 5 elements of a quality reference: currency, authority, relevance, objectivity, and coverage. Grey literature sourced from the internet must be from reputable websites such as from government, university, or peak national bodies: for example, the Australian College of Nursing. Avoid using blogs, even when hosted by universities and other reputable organisations, as these are not credible sources.


1. Useaconventionalandlegiblesize12font,suchasArial,Calibri,TimesNew Roman or similar, with 2.0 line spacing and 2.54 cm page margins (standard pre-set margin in Microsoft Word).

  1. Includeatitlepagewithyourname,studentnumber,unitcodeandname, names of unit coordinators, due date, date submitted, and word count of each question.
  2. Includepagenumbersoneachpageinafooter.
  3. Youmaywriteinthefirst-personperspective.
  4. Useformalacademiclanguage.
  5. Donotusedotpointsorbulletpoints.
  6. Clearlyidentifywhichtopicyouhavechosenforeachquestion.
  7. UseAustralianspellingandlanguageconventions(e.g.organisation).
  8. UsetheseventheditionAmericanPsychologicalAssociation(APA)referencingstyle. The CQUniversity Academic Learning Centre has an online APA

    Referencing Style Guide.

10.An introduction, conclusion, and table of contents are not required.
11.The word count is considered for each individual response. The word count

excludes the assessment questions and reference list but includes in-text references and direct quotations.


12.You can use unit provided materials and other credible sources (e.g. journal articles, books) to reference your argument. The quality and credibility of your sources are important.

13.We recommend that you access your discipline specific library guide: the Nursing and Midwifery Guide.

14.For information on academic communication please go to the Academic Learning Centre Moodle site. The Academic Communication section has many helpful resources including information for students with English as a second language.

15.Submit a draft before the due date to review your Turnitin Similarity Score before making a final submission. Instructions are available here.


Submit your assessment via the unit Moodle site in a Microsoft Word document.

Marking Criteria

Refer to the marking rubric on the Moodle site for more detail on how marks will be assigned.

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