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NURS405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice

Enables the registered nurse to demonstrate health assessment knowledge and skills to meet the competencies required for advancing nursing practice. A period of mentored practice will integrate physical, psychosocial assessment and pathophysiology in the nurse’s specialty area.

NURS 405 is based around the competencies of advanced nursing practice (Nursing Council New Zealand):

  • Systematic health assessment
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Ethics and law, communication and documentation
  • Application of health assessment skills to individual nursing frameworks, and to the nurses clinical speciality

Paper title Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice
Paper code NURS405
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,693.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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Restriction
NURX 405
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Eligibility
The applicant will
  • Have registration as a nurse from a three-year programme or course, congruent with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate
  • Have access to a clinical supervisor for 50 hours
Contact
nursingstudies.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Raewyn Lesa
Paper Structure
This paper considers advanced health assessment across the life span, focusing specifically on:
  • Obtaining a health history
  • Formulation of differential diagnoses
  • Development of a plan of management
Teaching Arrangements

Three study blocks: One 3-day block, two 2-day blocks.

Examination -  1-day Clinical examination (OSCE)

Attendance at all study block courses and exam is compulsory.

Textbooks
Bickley, L. S. (2017). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Students may use an earlier edition provided it is not more than five years old.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

The RN student will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in undertaking advanced health assessment relevant to patient presentation, across the life span  
  2. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and advanced health assessment into specific area of nursing practice;
  3. Apply sound clinical reasoning, informed by current evidence, to interpret health assessment findings;
  4. Identify appropriate diagnostic tests and investigations, interpret and review results in a collaborative approach to determine action
  5. Synthesises information from the health record and comprehensive assessment to develop provisional and differential diagnoses and health promotion consistent with scope of practice; consults appropriately
  6. Obtains additional information to assess whether the therapeutic goals have been achieved by examining the health consumer, requesting investigations and interpreting the findings
  7. Demonstrate application of the principles of cultural safety in nursing practice in alignment with the policies of the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the University's commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle

Enables the registered nurse to demonstrate health assessment knowledge and skills to meet the competencies required for advancing nursing practice. A period of mentored practice will integrate physical, psychosocial assessment and pathophysiology in the nurse’s specialty area.

NURS 405 is based around the competencies of advanced nursing practice (Nursing Council New Zealand):

  • Systematic health assessment
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Ethics and law, communication and documentation
  • Application of health assessment skills to individual nursing frameworks, and to the nurses clinical speciality

Paper title Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice
Paper code NURS405
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
NURX 405
Limited to
MAdvNP, MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Eligibility
The applicant will
  • Have registration as a nurse from a three-year programme or course, congruent with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003
  • Hold a current Practising Certificate
  • Have access to a clinical supervisor for 50 hours
Contact
nursingstudies.uoc@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor: Raewyn Lesa
Paper Structure
This paper considers advanced health assessment across the life span, focusing specifically on:
  • Obtaining a health history
  • Formulation of differential diagnoses
  • Development of a plan of management
Teaching Arrangements

Three study blocks: One 3-day block, two 2-day blocks.

Examination: 1-day Clinical examination (OSCE)

Attendance at all study block courses and exam is compulsory.

Textbooks
Bickley, L. S. (2017). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Students may use an earlier edition provided it is not more than five years old.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

The RN student will:

  1. Demonstrate competence in undertaking advanced health assessment relevant to patient presentation, across the life span  
  2. Integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and advanced health assessment into specific area of nursing practice;
  3. Apply sound clinical reasoning, informed by current evidence, to interpret health assessment findings;
  4. Identify appropriate diagnostic tests and investigations, interpret and review results in a collaborative approach to determine action
  5. Synthesises information from the health record and comprehensive assessment to develop provisional and differential diagnoses and health promotion consistent with scope of practice; consults appropriately
  6. Obtains additional information to assess whether the therapeutic goals have been achieved by examining the health consumer, requesting investigations and interpreting the findings
  7. Demonstrate application of the principles of cultural safety in nursing practice in alignment with the policies of the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the University's commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Christchurch
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Moodle