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NURS430 Advanced Nursing Practicum

Registered Nurse students build on previous learning, knowledge and skills to further develop advanced nursing practice and expertise to meet Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies. Concurrent workplace supervision supports practice development.

This paper gives students the advanced theoretical framework needed to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and expertise required to achieve the competencies as determined by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003. Undertaking the Advanced Nursing Practicum with concurrent workplace supervision provides advanced nursing practice development.

Paper title Advanced Nursing Practicum
Paper code NURS430
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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NURX 416 or NURS 416
Limited to
MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
  • 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
  • Be employed in a clinical area that supports the registered nurse to meet the Nursing Council New Zealand prescribing competencies for 150 hours concurrent with enrolment in this paper.

Prerequisites apply and potential candidates for this paper must seek departmental approval prior to applying. 

Teaching staff
Convenor: Shirley Harris
Paper Structure
This paper will provide students with the advanced theoretical framework to support them to demonstrate at an advanced level the knowledge, skills and expertise required to achieve the competencies for advanced nursing practice for the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice. Undertaking the advanced nursing practicum with concurrent workplace supervision provides advanced nursing practice development.
Teaching Arrangements
Two 2-day and one 3-day study block (three study blocks in total).

Textbooks will be advised. 

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes reflect the Nurse Practitioner Competencies of Nursing Council of New Zealand (2008).

The programme is underpinned by
  1. Professional responsibility and leadership
  2. Management of nursing care
  3. Interpersonal and inter-professional practice and quality improvement
  4. Prescribing practice
Assessment Outcomes
  • Demonstrate advanced nursing assessment, including the history, psychosocial, economic and cultural aspects, and advanced physical examination, including diagnostic testing
  • Demonstrate, in conjunction with advanced nursing assessments, sound clinical judgements leading to diagnosis, treatment and care planning, including safe prescribing under supervision and appropriate documentation
Prescribing Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge about the regulatory framework associated with prescribing; under the supervision of the clinical supervisor, prescribe and administer interventions, appliances, treatments and medications within legislation, codes, scope and specific area of practice and according to established prescribing process and guidelines
  • Propose appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment plans, including evaluation of patient response based on sound physiological/pharmacological rationale and current best practice
Professional Accountability/Leadership Outcomes
  • Clearly articulate and demonstrate their NP or expanded area of practice and explain the application of their advanced nursing knowledge and expertise whilst integrating legal and ethical concepts into interdisciplinary health care
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to integrate legal and ethical concepts into their clinical practice, including responsibilities, documentation, regulatory frameworks, auditing and ethics of drug treatments and demonstrate nursing leadership in a range of situations across practice environments and serve as a supervisor/mentor

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This paper will be offered subject to numbers, so early enrolment is recommended


To be advised

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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First Semester

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