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NURS413 Primary Health Care Nursing - Rural/Urban

This paper addresses specialist knowledge, problem-solving skills and technical competence in the area of primary health care nursing. It involves critique of practice and the application of research and theoretical principles to attain best practice standards. Students determine their focus as rural or urban studying their own scope of practice.

This paper has been developed to expand/advance the knowledge base and skills of registered nurses to provide advanced primary health care nursing practice in order to contribute to improved personal, population and community health outcomes. It will focus on the application of newly acquired or extended knowledge and skills within the student's particular area of primary health care nursing.

Paper title Primary Health Care Nursing - Rural/Urban
Paper code NURS413
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,693.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,869.50

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Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
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
Teaching staff
Convenor: Virginia Maskill
Paper Structure
The paper is structured around themes of
  • The socio-cultural and political context of primary health nursing
  • Nursing assessment of individuals, families and communities
  • Application of primary nursing theory and skills to advancing practice
Teaching Arrangements
Two 2-day study blocks and two study days online
There is no recommended textbook for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  1. Critique and synthesise theoretical frameworks in primary health and community health care nursing practice
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of primary health care and health promotion philosophies and the contribution of these to advancing nursing practice
  3. Appraise research and information appropriate to the implementation of evidence-based practice with the aim of providing excellence in primary health care nursing
  4. Evaluate primary health care nursing models for practice
  5. Apply advanced individual/population/community assessment skills as relevant to own practice
  6. Apply principles of cultural safety and be reflexive to client, community/whānau/families and social issues in practice
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of effective collaboration, interdisciplinary communication and leadership in decision making and governance of service delivery to population group(s) in own practice
  8. Work within legal and ethical frameworks in the provision of primary health care

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Critique of assessment approach 40%
Reflections on application of assessment 20%
Case Study 40%

Further information

Administrator Client Services
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel +64 3 364 3852

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system