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NURS441 Professional Nursing

The professional basis of nursing practice, nursing theory and related concepts for nursing.

In this paper students will develop a coherent and extensive knowledge of the nursing profession. Students will use this knowledge to analyse existing and emerging professional issues and critically appraise and apply nursing theory and related concepts - as well as legislative and ethical requirements - to their nursing practice.

Paper title Professional Nursing
Paper code NURS441
Subject Nursing
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (13 February 2023 - 1 December 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,451.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 Mandy Wilkinson

Teaching Arrangements
Taught face-to-face on the Christchurch campus, 1 - 2.5 hours per week, preparing students for the two clinical placements in the first semester and one in the second semester.


Meleis, A.I. (2018). Theoretical nursing: Development and progress (6th ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the historical development of nursing as a profession and identify implications for the future direction of the profession
  2. Critique selected nursing theories and evaluate their application to nursing practice within the current and future health system
  3. Appraise and integrate relevant ethical and legal principles and requirements and critically evaluate these in relation to their nursing practice
  4. Interact and communicate effectively with clients, their families and whānau to reach the most appropriate outcomes
  5. Demonstrate skill in written communication within legislative, organisational and professional requirements
  6. Identify contemporary principles of leadership and management and critique these in relation to the nursing profession
  7. Critically appraise the principles of health promotion and education at individual, group and community levels to devise appropriate evidence-based interventions
  8. Critically analyse and evaluate the registered nurse's role to develop their professional identity, their responsibilities in regard to direction and delegation and their practice in the multidisciplinary team
  9. Practise in accordance with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) competencies and professional standards

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1st Non standard period (13 February 2023 - 1 December 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system