Courses - Faculty of Medical And Health Sciences


Nursing

Stage I

NURSING 104
15 Points

Applied Science for Nurses

Provides an opportunity for the application of specific and selected topics from the biological and physical sciences to be related to beginning nursing practice.

NURSING 105
30 Points

Nursing in Practice

An introduction to nursing as a profession including concepts of nursing practice, and communication skills. The theoretical basis for nursing practice as well as legal and ethical boundaries are introduced. The role of the nurse in health maintenance and health promotion is explored. Skills in assessment of clients and planning client care are introduced.

NURSING 199
0 Points

English Language Competency

To complete this course students must attain a level of competency in the English language as determined by the School of Nursing. This course must be completed prior to enrolling in Part II of the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Stage II

NURSING 201
60 Points

Nursing Clients with a Pathophysiological Problem

A problem-based course where students acquire the skills associated with nursing clients requiring medical and surgical interventions and subsequent rehabilitation. Understanding the mechanisms of disease and prevention of such diseases is the basis for the course. Students are introduced to the principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Issues such as caring for clients with chronic pain and an understanding of death and grief are included. Practicums and teaching take place in a variety of clinical settings.

NURSING 202
60 Points

Nursing in Mental Health, Addictions and Disability

Allows students to understand perspectives of mental health and illness, the crisis nature of mental illness and the therapeutic models of mental health management. Students acquire the specific nursing skills required to care for people with mental health problems and also those who have a long-term disability. Students undertake a range of clinical attachments in hospital and community settings.

Prerequisite: NURSING 201

Stage III

NURSING 301
60 Points

Child and Family Health Nursing

An understanding of concepts related to family, women's and child health. The focus is on childbirth as a healthy event in the life of a family, care in the community, together with the nursing care of children suffering illness in a hospital setting. Older persons' health focuses on an alternate aspect of family health. Clinical attachments are in a variety of clinical and community settings.

Prerequisite: NURSING 201, 202

NURSING 302
60 Points

Professional Nursing Practice

Allows the student to make the transition from student to professional nurse. A period of practice in an elected area of clinical speciality is included. Issues such as the development of nursing knowledge, autonomy of practice, accountability for practice, and the legal and ethical parameters of competency as a nurse are emphasised.

Prerequisite: NURSING 301

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

NURSING 701
30 Points

Clinical Project

A personal scholarly exploration of an area of clinical nursing practice that reflects an understanding of research purpose and process. The project includes a critical and comprehensive review of relevant literature which results in new insights and understandings and considers how the application of these might affect existing service delivery or clinical practice models.

NURSING 710
15 Points

Special Studies in Nursing

As prescribed by the Head of the School of Nursing.

NURSING 732
30 Points

Leading and Managing Changes in Healthcare

Theoretical and practice principles of leadership and management in the context of healthcare organisations. Utilises an action based learning model, mentorship and project work.

NURSING 733
15 Points

Special Studies in Nursing

NURSING 734
15 Points

Special Topic in Nursing

NURSING 735
30 Points

Clinical Education Practicum

Application and critical analysis of educational theories and concepts in a clinical learning environment. Utilises an action based learning model and project work.

NURSING 737
30 Points

The Scholarship of Practice

The development of professional knowledge is explored from a variety of perspectives, including the wider healthcare environment and national and international trends, as relevant to advancing nursing practice.

NURSING 740
30 Points

Prescribing in Advanced Nursing Practice

The knowledge and competencies that form the basis of prescribing in advanced nursing are developed under supervision.

NURSING 741
30 Points

Education for Clinical Practice

Professional learning is essential to enable healthcare professionals to function competently in the complex world of clinical practice. Health care professionals are required to become actively involved in teaching colleagues involved in healthcare and patients. Effective clinical teaching and learning is enabled by laying a foundation in educational theory and practice.

NURSING 742
30 Points

Biological Science for Practice

Focuses on common pathologies acknowledging the New Zealand Health Strategy, giving particular attention to areas where health promotion, preventative care, chronic disease management and cost impact for New Zealand.

NURSING 743
30 Points

Advanced Nursing Practicum

Designed to refine advanced nursing skills and to further develop an advanced analytical model for nurses preparing for advanced practice. Advanced assessment skills along with disease management models will be taught with a focus on clinical decision making in various health settings.

Prerequisite: NURSING 773 or equivalent, and practising in an advanced nursing role

NURSING 744
30 Points

NURSING 744A
15 Points

NURSING 744B
15 Points

Specialty Nursing Practicum

Gives nurses the opportunity to extend their clinical skills and practice knowledge and to advance clinical decision making by utilising a range of guided learning experiences. The focus is on continued development of clinical expertise, using a practice development approach emphasising person-centred, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking practice to improve health outcomes.

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 744 A and B, or NURSING 744

NURSING 745
30 Points

Principles of Medication Management

Focuses on the principles and practice of medication management to improve and extend the knowledge and skills of registered nurses in clinical specialty roles and prepare them for delegated prescribing roles in partnership with clients and collaborating with medical colleagues and the health care team. It is not the intention of this course to prepare nurses for authorised prescribing (nurse practitioner).

Restriction: NURSING 761

NURSING 746
30 Points

Evidence-based Practice and Implementation

Considers the types of evidence that inform nursing practice and implementation, and examines barriers and enablers to the application of evidence to practice. Provides students with the tools to locate and appraise evidence and requires the student to engage in research activities resulting in a substantial research essay.

Restriction: NURSING 720

NURSING 770
30 Points

NURSING 770A
15 Points

NURSING 770B
15 Points

Clinical Practice Development

Develops knowledge, practice and skills within the scope of a beginning registered nurse; enhances client assessment, planning and delivery of client-centred care within a specific healthcare context. Also fosters critical exploration of knowledge and skills appropriate to professional, socio-political, legal-ethical, cultural aspects of practice.

Restriction: NURSING 725, 773

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 770 A and B, or NURSING 770

NURSING 773
30 Points

Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

Nurses make a variety of diagnoses in their daily practice. Advanced nursing practice requires skilled health assessment, estimation of probabilities and evidence based diagnostic reasoning. This complex cognitive process is developed in relation to skills and knowledge required for sound clinical reasoning.

Restriction: NURSING 770

NURSING 774
30 Points

Nursing People in Acute Mental Health Crisis

The concept of recovery forms the basis of exploring nursing care of people in states of acute crisis. The course focuses on models of acute care, collaborative care, risk assessment and management, and maintaining a safe, non-coercive environment. Students will be expected to engage in critical reflection and analysis of practice issues and case studies.

NURSING 775
30 Points

Leadership and Management for Quality Health Care

Builds management and leadership knowledge, competence and business acumen through project based learning. Focuses on critical thinking, quality service delivery and improvements and maximises organisational performance and change management.

NURSING 776
30 Points

Advanced Assessment in Mental Health Nursing

A clinically based course focussing on history taking, assessment and problem formulation. Using case studies from clinical practice, the course explores narrative and descriptive models. There is an emphasis on mental state assessment, and development of a client-focused plan of care.

NURSING 778
30 Points

Health Promotion and Early Detection of Cancer

Examines the latest knowledge and research available around health promotion, risk assessment and early intervention for cancer and consider the implications for nursing practice. Content addressed includes epidemiology, genetic risk, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental screening, surveillance, government policies and interventions.

Restriction: NURSING 767

NURSING 779
30 Points

Special Studies

NURSING 780
15 Points

Special Topic

NURSING 782
30 Points

Research Methods in Nursing and Health

Explores the philosophical underpinnings of research methodologies and assists students to understand the major distinctions between quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students will critique research studies and apply research findings to practice. They will gain a practical appreciation of research ethics. By the end of the course, students will be able to apply their learning to the development of a basic research proposal.

Restriction: NURSING 768

NURSING 783
30 Points

Special Topic

NURSING 784
30 Points

Advanced Emergency Nursing Practicum

Specialty Emergency nurses provide advanced nursing care and need expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes and therapeutic decision making. Advanced assessment skills along with injury and condition specific management models are taught with a focus on clinical decision making for clients in emergency and accident and medical clinic settings. Designed to refine advanced emergency nursing skills for nurses working in specialty emergency nursing roles.

Prerequisite: NURSING 773 or equivalent, and practising in an advanced nursing role

NURSING 785
30 Points

Clinical Reasoning in Pharmacotherapeutics

Builds on prior knowledge to establish an advanced understanding of pharmacotherapeutics and the application of the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmaco-dynamics to prescribing practice in advanced practice roles; and develops nursing skills in clinical reasoning for safe and effective prescribing.

Prerequisite: NURSING 742, 773

Restriction: NURSING 706, 722

NURSING 787
30 Points

Special Topic

NURSING 789
30 Points

Special Topic

NURSING 790A
45 Points

NURSING 790B
45 Points

Research Portfolio

Supervised research that represents the personal scholarly work of a student based on a coherent area of inquiry. Culminates in a conclusive piece of work related to a specific area of specialisation or scope of practice.

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 790 A and B

NURSING 795
60 Points

NURSING 795A
30 Points

NURSING 795B
30 Points

Dissertation

Restriction: NURSING 792

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 795 A and B, or NURSING 795

NURSING 796A
60 Points

NURSING 796B
60 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 796 A and B

NURSING 797A
60 Points

NURSING 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

Supervised research that represents the personal scholarly work of a student based on a coherent area of inquiry. Culminates in a conclusive piece of work related to a specific area of specialisation or scope of practice.

To complete this course students must enrol in NURSING 797 A and B

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