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    Introduction to nursing skills for assessment, planning and ongoing health care across the lifespan. Foundational technological and skill acquisition for safe practice and application of clinical judgement and clinical reasoning.

    This paper will enable students to translate key knowledge, skills and professional attitudes to clinical practice. Through the integration of clinical skills and knowledge gained from preceding and concurrent papers, students will develop clinical reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving skills to safely undertake health assessment, determine nursing priorities and provide nursing care in practice.

    About this paper

    Paper title Introduction to Clinical Nursing Practice
    Subject Nursing
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period 1st Non standard period (19 February 2024 - 19 July 2024) (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,492.13
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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 Patrice Rosengrave

    Teaching Arrangements
    Taught face-to-face on the Christchurch campus 3 - 3.5 hours per week with a combination of lectures and simulation labs, preparing students their first two clinical placements in the first semester.

    Crisp, J., Douglas, C., Rebeiro, G., Waters, D., (2021). Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of nursing (6e.). Australia and New Zealand edition: Elsevier.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Conduct and accurately record a comprehensive history, demonstrate skill in health assessment of a person and determine key nursing priorities
    • Demonstrate skill in clinical reasoning and the capacity to justify nursing actions based on client history, social and physical assessment
    • Demonstrate sound knowledge and the application of principles and practice of safety in clinical areas
    • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of medication calculation, administration and monitoring and, under the supervision of an appropriately registered health professional, assist with the preparation and administration of medications
    • Using research-based evidence, demonstrate the critical application of the principles of infection control
    • Develop a therapeutic relationship with patients, demonstrating the ability to integrate an individual's health beliefs to promote optimum health outcomes
    • Demonstrate application of the principles of cultural safety in line with policies of the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the University's commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi
    • Communicate effectively with patients, families/whānau and members of the health team, both verbally and in writing, to reach the most appropriate outcomes
    • Practice within legal and ethical requirements of clinical agencies and in accordance with the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies and professional standards
    • Demonstrate critically reflective practice


    1st Non standard period (19 February 2024 - 19 July 2024)

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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