NUR3020 Assessment 1a: Written Essay Task overview
|Assessment name||Written Assessment, Assessment 1a|
|Brief task description||This written assessment is a critical analysis of the provided case study that explores ethical responsibilities and professional judgement in conflict resolution in the practices of the Registered Nurse. This assessment is Part a of a two-part assignment. Part b (assignment 1b) assignment brief is available on study desk.|
|Rationale for assessment task||As the complexities of caring for a patient in our healthcare system increases there is a need to improve our own critical thinking processes, our capacity to work in complex organisations and in making decisions as a Registered Nurse in an interdisciplinary team often when conflict arises in our personal and professional responsibilities. Our ability as Registered Nurses is affected by our awareness of the importance of our ethical responsibility and professional judgement in decision making in practice.|
Ultimately the decisions of a Registered Nurse can improve, change or benefit patients, families, colleagues and peers.
|Length||The essay is 1000 words +/-10% (word length includes in-text referencing and excludes the reference list and appendices)|
|Marks out of: Weighting:||Marks out of 40 20% of final grade|
|Course Objectives measured||Course Objectives assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4|
|Exemplar/Example provided||Information relating to the assessment task are provided in the Assessment tab on Study Desk. A frequently asked questions forum is available to ask relevant questions|
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|Task detail||The case study highlights key areas in the ethical decision-making capacity of the Registered Nurse in a ward environment. The case study presents a situation where personal and professional conflict arises that requires the colleague, a Registered Nurse, who has been approached by an Enrolled Nurse with information that causes tension, a need for solid professional judgement and for sound conflict resolution.|
Your Nurse Unit Manager is keen to develop graduate nurse skills. He is aware that the situation raises concern in the clinical area and to ensure that all staff are equipped with the skills required to approach and manage these situations appropriately, your Nurse Unit Manager seeks a:
The newspaper article and excerpt from the Tribunal report provides the scenario for the assignment.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) Tribunal Outcome in 2021 report Synopsis from the report
On 17 July the nurse was at work and made comments to colleagues to the effect that she had helped the deceased to die, that she was proud of this, and that she believed in euthanasia, believed that it should be discussed, and more of it should occur. She referred to herself as the angel of death, and as Dr Kevorkian. When questioned about these statements by her employer, the respondent admitted that the morphine she had administered to the deceased was not a normal dose, because she was not going to let the deceased suffer, and said that she had acted in the best interests of the deceased. Following this, her employment was terminated on about 26 August 2014. Her registration as an enrolled nurse expired on 30 May 2015. At the hearing she said that she had not worked since, as a nurse or otherwise.
The complete Tribunal report is included in the ‘Assessment Tab, Assignment 1a’ on study desk.
Guidelines / structure
Your assessment is required to be developed in the style of an essay for submission. A recording is provided in the Assessment tab that outlines each section of the assignment in detail.
The essay is to contain the following sections:
a.Introduction (100 words) –The introduction needs to provide the reader with an outline of the intended discussion based on the newspaper article, the AHPRA Tribunal outcomes and the ethical principles and areas of professional judgement arising.
|Formatting Style||Essay formatting|
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