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NURS431 Rural Nursing

Explores the concept of rural nursing and advances theoretical knowledge and practical skills to facilitate practice in rural hospital and community settings.

This paper provides a pathway for registered nurses specialising in rural nursing. The paper's content focuses on exploring the concept of rural nursing and emphasises the application of skills in the clinical setting.

Paper title Rural Nursing
Paper code NURS431
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,778.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,570.25

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NURX 431
Limited to
MAdvNP, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
The applicant will:
  • Have registration as a nurse from a 3-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

This paper provides an opportunity for registered nurses working in rural locations to advance their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to meet the unique challenges of delivering health care to individuals and their families/whānau in rural hospital and community settings.

Teaching Arrangements

Three 2-day study blocks. The first block is on campus, and the remaining blocks are undertaken online.

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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

  • Critique and synthesise theoretical frameworks in rural health and nursing practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of rural health care and health promotion philosophies and the contribution of these to advancing nursing practice
  • Appraise research and information appropriate to the implementation of evidence-based practice with the aim of providing excellence in rural health care nursing
  • Evaluate rural health care nursing models for practice
  • Apply advanced individual/population/community assessment skills as relevant to own practice
  • Apply principles of cultural safety and be reflexive to client, community/whānau/families and social issues in practice
  • 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
  • Work within legal and ethical frameworks in the provision of rural health care nursing and in relation to national guidelines, policies and protocols

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


Case study 40%
Reflections on practice 30%
Family interview 30%

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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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

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