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    Extension of prior knowledge, using case-based approaches covering altered health states, complex pathological processes (including cancers) and autoimmune diseases. Introduction to pharmacological principles, medications and polypharmacy relating to cases and clinical practice.

    In this paper students will extend the knowledge gained from Nursing Science 1. The paper aims to integrate chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology knowledge and critically apply these to clinical reasoning and altered health states. Students will develop extensive knowledge of pathophysiological processes and the associated alteration in function, deepening their knowledge of pathophysiology and its relevance to pharmacology.

    About this paper

    Paper title Nursing Science 2
    Subject Nursing
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (5 August 2024 - 6 December 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,492.13
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    NURS 443 and NURS 445
    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

    Convenor: 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 clinical placement at the end of the second semester.

    Craft & Gordon (2020). Understanding pathophysiology (4th edition). Australia: Elsevier.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate integrated knowledge of the cellular processes underlying categories of diseases
    2. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology and disease processes
    3. Critically appraise aetiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations in respect of gender, age and ethnicity and apply this knowledge in practice to ensure optimal patient outcomes
    4. Integrate knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and their role in medication administration
    5. Demonstrate competence with medication calculations
    6. Critically appraise clinical manifestations of altered physiological states and conditions to inform clinical reasoning and decision making in clinical practice
    7. Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills integrating bio-science knowledge and relevant research in case-based learning experiences and clinical practice
    8. Effectively communicate relevant pathophysiological concepts to clients and families/whānau
    9. Use knowledge of pathophysiology to clearly articulate clinical reasoning in communications with the health care team
    10. Practise in accordance with the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies and professional standards


    1st Non standard period (5 August 2024 - 6 December 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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