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NURS443 Nursing Science 1

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Normal anatomy and physiological function across the lifespan with an introduction to pathophysiological processes, genetics, immunology and microbiology. Particular foci on scientific principles that align with students' clinical placements.

This paper is designed to enable students to develop an integrated and extensive knowledge of the bioscience that underpins the discipline of nursing. By the end of the paper students will have developed the ability to use this knowledge for clinical reasoning, decision making and problem solving in nursing practice.

Paper title Nursing Science 1
Paper code NURS443
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (15 February 2021 - 16 July 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,389.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,285.13

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Limited to
An undergraduate degree in any discipline with at least three years' full-time study and a B average in the final two years of the degree
Teaching staff

Dr Kit Doudney

Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, tutorials and simulation labs taught face-to-face on the Christchurch campus 2.5 to 3 hours a week in preparation for two clinical placements during the first semester.

Required: Craft and Gordon (2019). Understanding Pathophysiology (3rd Edition), Elsevier.

Recommended: Patton and Thibodeau (2015). Anatomy and Physiology (9th Edition.), Elsevier.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

At successful completion of the paper students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of human anatomy and physiology
  2. Demonstrate a coherent, integrated knowledge of cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, genetics, homeostasis and regulation
  3. Demonstrate the ability to use integrated bioscience knowledge to provide the evidence base for nursing assessment, clinical reasoning, decision making and problem solving in nursing practice
  4. Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the key structural and functional changes that occur within major body systems over the lifespan from birth to death
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of bioscience concepts relevant to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of bioscience concepts relevant to infection control
  7. Demonstrate problem-solving skills integrating bioscience knowledge and relevant research in case-based learning experiences and clinical practice
  8. Effectively communicate the relevance of anatomical and physiological concepts to clients and families/whānau
  9. Use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to clearly articulate clinical reasoning in communications with the healthcare team
  10. Practise in accordance with the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies and professional standards

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1st Non standard period (15 February 2021 - 16 July 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system