Select one (1) of the NSQHS standards: (Clinical Governance Standard; Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard; Comprehensive Care Standard; Blood Management Standard; Partnering

Assessment Outline:

This assessment task provides you an opportunity to develop your understanding of contemporary safety and quality issues in healthcare and the role of the registered nurse in providing safe, high quality care. Successful completion of this task will demonstrate achievement of the following Subject Learning Outcomes and NMBA Standards:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key contemporary safety and quality issues in Australian and International healthcare 

2. Explain why the health care system is a potential source of adverse events for patients (NMBA Registered Nurse

The NSQHS Standards (2021) identify several high-prevalence adverse events to protect the public from harm and improve overall health care quality. These standards provide nationally consistent statements regarding the standard of care that consumers can expect from each health service.


Select one (1) of the NSQHS standards: (Clinical Governance Standard; Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard; Comprehensive Care Standard; Blood Management Standard; Partnering with Consumers Standards; Medication Safety Standard; Communicating for Safety Standard; Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard).

• You must coordinate with the other students in your group, so that every standard is covered by at least one member of your group. Within your group, no more than two (2) students can do the same standard When the discussion opens, you will need to make two (2) formal posts (one in week 1, one in week 2) on your chosen NSQHS standard

• In post number 1 (to be submitted by no later than 23:59pm on Monday 31st July):

Explain the purpose and scope of your chosen NSQHS standardDiscuss the implications and significance when healthcare that either meets or falls below your chosen standard is provided to consumers. For example, you may discuss the implications for patients, clinicians, healthcare organisations, and society, and the significance in terms of morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and cost of care

• In post number 2 (to be submitted no later than 23:59pm on Monday 7th August):

Discuss the roles and responsibilities of a registered nurse under your chosen NSQHS standard, and the actions and interventions that a registered nurse should take to provide safe, high-quality care to patients with an acute health condition.

In addition to referencing the NSQHS standards and related Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) documents, you will need to support your statements about implications, significance and nursing actions and interventions with other literature. The best place to start for this is to look up the references that are cited by the ACSQHC in the standards and other documents. Next, you need to engage in and advance the group discussion by

• Posting at least two (2) responses your colleagues’ posts (once each week of the discussion period), and

• Responding to comments made on your initial posts.

In this task, to advance the discussion, you are to explore the links between the different standards and the implications for nursing care. For example, if your chosen standard is Partnering with Consumers, you may comment on a student who has looked at Medication Safety and discuss why Partnering with Consumers is an important part of Medication Safety. The goal is to increase the breadth, depth, and accuracy of the understanding of the NSQHS Standards in your group, not to criticise or argue. Marks will not be awarded for posts and responses that do not add to the discussion in a meaningful way. The online discussion will be open for 20 days. To optimise your mark for this you need to prepare and allocate time to engage in the discussion across the 20 days; get involved early; stay engaged in the discussion; and submit your response postings across multiple days.