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Date of first registration

Date you were first registered as a nurse/midwife.

Deep versus surface learning

Surface learning is when students accept information at face value and focus on merely memorising it as a set of unlinked facts. This leads to superficial, short-term retention of material, such as for examination purposes. In contrast, deep learning involves the critical analysis of new ideas, linking them to already known concepts and principles. This leads to understanding and long-term retention of concepts so they can be used to solve problems in unfamiliar contexts. Deep learning promotes understanding and application for life.


Relationship exists when one member of the health care team delegates aspects of care, which they are competent to perform and which they would normally perform themselves, to another member of the health care team from a different discipline, or to a less experienced member of the same discipline. Delegations are made to meet people’s needs and to ensure access to health care services — that is, the right person is available at the right time to provide the right service to a person. The delegator retains accountability for the decision to delegate and for monitoring outcomes.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice                     

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Delivery mode

Means by which programs are made available to students: on-campus or in blended mode, by distance or by e-learning methods.

Digital Health

Electronic connection of the points of care so that health information can be shared securely. May also be referred to as eHealth.

Direct supervision

When the supervisor is actually present and personally observes, works with, guides and directs the person who is being supervised.


Unjust treatment of one or more person/s based on factors such as race, religion, sex, disability or other grounds specified in anti-discrimination legislation.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018) Code of conduct for nurses

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Duty of care/standard of care

Responsibility or relationship recognised in law. For example, it may exist between health professionals and their clients. Associated with this duty is an expectation that the health professional will behave or act in a particular way. This is called the standard of care, which requires that a person act toward others and the public with watchfulness, attention, caution and the prudence that would be made by a reasonable person in those circumstances. If a person’s actions do not meet this standard of care, whereby they fall below the acceptable standards, any damages resulting may be pursued in a lawsuit for negligence.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016) Enrolled Nurse standards for practice                     

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