Assignment 1 – Written Assignment HSNS376/576 Assignment 1

Assignment 1 – Written Assignment

HSNS376/576 Assignment 1 

Weight: 30%

Must Complete: Yes

Word Length: 1500 (+/- 10%)

Notes: Written Assignment and video recorded reflection

Due Date: This is displayed at the bottom of this page

This assessment relates to:
HSNS376 – Learning Outcomes 1-5

HSNS576 – Learning Outcomes 1-5

Submission: Online only via Moodle site

Assessment 1: Safeguarding patient care

This assignment examines the roles and responsibilities nurses have in making decisions about the practice to keep patients safe in Australian healthcare.

As a core skill for nurses, reflection is a conscious effort to think systematically about an activity or incident that allows us to consider the impact on individuals and their professional futures.

Case study

In 2001, 18-month-old Josie King died while an inpatient at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her mother, Sorrel King, tells the story of how this happened and explains her role as a consumer (parent) in improving patient safety.

*Please note Josie’s story is a confronting and avoidable tragic incident that occurred in a hospital. Please be aware that it may cause you distress and seek support if you need it. You can discuss this with the unit coordinator or contact UNE Student Support.

The Josie King Story

In preparation for the assessment task

  1. View – the video of Josie’s story ( )
  2. review – the associated relevant documents below


  1. Review the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards of Practice f
  2.  Australian Commission Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards: Partnering with consumer standards and following the link Partnering with patients in their own care.

iii. Code of conduct; Code of conduct for nurses

  1. Code of Ethics; Code of ethics for nursesfrom 1 March 2018, the International Council of Nurses Code of Ethics is in effect for all nurses in Australia

Part 1 – Written Essay (1500) 20marks (to be written in essay format)

Registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and midwives are responsible for making professional judgments about when an activity is within their scope of practice and, when it is not, for initiating consultation and collaboration with, or referral to, other healthcare team members.

Differentiate and critically discuss the legal, ethical and clinical issues that may have contributed to Josie King’s death? Within the discussion, determine how the registered nurses’ values and attitudes impact their responsibilities in keeping patients safe.

When discussing the identified issues, integrate and apply the relevant Codes and the Australian Registered Nurses’ Standards of Practice that aims to prevent events such as Josie’s death.

* You are expected to support this section with quality scholarly journals, books, policies & professional standard references applicable to the Australian context in APA Version 7 Style in-text and end referencing list.


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