NURS6112 – Nursing Knowledge and Research

Semester: One
Co-Requisites: NURS6113
Pre-requisites: All year one papers
Credit Value: 10
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 100
Clinical Hours: None
Aims: The purpose of this paper is to develop students’ understanding of the symbiotic relationship between nursing practice, nursing knowledge and research. Learning to develop a sound critical stance as a practitioner requires the student to be able to validly extract meaning from information and discern patterns. Understanding a range of research methodologies provides sound tools to inform their questions.


NURS6113 – Nursing Practice- Community

Semester: One
Co-requisites: NURS6112, NURS6114, NURS6115, NURS6122
Pre-requisites: All Year One Papers
Credit Value: 40
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 140
Clinical Hours: 260
Aims: The underpinning for this paper derives from the Primary Health Care Strategy (2001). This strategy sets out the government’s direction for the future development of primary health care to improve the health of New Zealanders and tackles inequalities in health. While these changes are likely to take up to a decade to fully implement, some of the implications for nursing practice are evident now. These implications include expanded scopes of nursing practice, further development of ethnic specific health services, greater emphasis on population health and multidisciplinary teams.

Historical differences between ‘primary care as community care’ and ‘secondary care as hospital care’ are changing. As technologies and innovation change treatment modalities, and hospitals increasingly ‘decant’, the divisions between primary and secondary care become increasingly blurred in the community. This paper aims to enable the student to prepare for this new environment, with a particular focus on the implications of government policy for improved health outcomes for Pacific families and communities. A central focus of the paper is nursing practice related to health promotion and illness management for children and their families within community settings, and includes infant and maternal health. Students will also learn to facilitate nursing care in community contexts for people coping with chronic illness.


NURS6114 – Pacific Health

Semester: One
Co-requisites: NURS6113
Pre-requisites: All Year One Papers
Credit Value: 6
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 40
Clinical Hours: 20
Aims: In this paper, students will work with a nominated Pacific community group under the supervision of registered nurses engaged in population health initiatives. These may be Public Health Nurses, Access Nurses employed in local Primary Health Organizations, or Diabetes Nurses. Students will seek to gain an in-depth knowledge of the groups understanding of their own health and illness issues.

Students will explore how Pacific people construct meanings of health from traditional and cultural world-views and how these facilitate or create barriers to accessing health care in the New Zealand context. Developing a critical awareness of these issues is crucial for Pacific nurses to be able to effectively work with their own communities and to advocate the development of appropriate models of care for their communities.


NURS6122 – Reflective Practice

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: NURS6113, NURS6123, NURS6114
Pre-requisites: NURS5121, NURS5114, NURS5117
Credit Value: 6
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 60
Clinical Hours: Nil
Aims: This paper aims to enable the student to monitor their own practice which is crucial to learn from their own experience. Being able to critically reflect on one’s practice is fundamental to the ongoing development of the professional nurse. This paper extends students’ knowledge of the concept of reflective practice and provides them with a range of frameworks that enable them to incorporate reflection into their practice.


NURS6123 – Nursing Practice Mental Health

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: NURS6112, NURS6114, NURS6115, NURS6122
Pre-requisites: All Year One Papers and NURS6113
Credit Value: 40
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 140
Clinical Hours: 260
Aims: This paper aims to provide an opportunity for students to examine social and cultural constructions of mental health and illness. This includes examining the role of the nurse in promoting mental health and facilitating recovery for those experiencing disruptions to their well-being. The paper is aimed at assisting students to integrate nursing theory and practice, through the application of therapeutic models of care, in a range of clinical settings including primary, secondary and tertiary mental health settings, as well as Pacific mental health services. Students also identify the resources that are available to support people with mental illness and explore why these services are currently under-utilised by Pacific communities. Students are expected to demonstrate that they have developed specialised mental health knowledge appropriate for clinical settings, and to transfer that knowledge and the principles that underpin safe nursing practice, in order to become increasingly adept and confident in a range of clinical environments.


NURS6124 – Pacific Health II

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: NURS6123
Pre-requisites: NURS6113, NURS6114
Credit Value: 6
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 40
Clinical Hours: 20
Aims: The paper aims to enable the student to work with a nominated Pacific community group under the supervision of registered nurses engaged in population health initiatives. These may be Public Health Nurses, or Access Nurses employed in local Primary Health Organizations, or Diabetes Nurses. Students seek to gain an in-depth knowledge of the groups understanding of their own health and illness issues. Students explore how Pacific people construct meanings of health from traditional and cultural world-views and how these facilitate or create barriers to accessing health care in the New Zealand context. Developing a critical awareness of these issues is crucial for Pacific nurses to be able to effectively work with their own communities and to advocate the development of appropriate models of care for their communities.


NURS6125 – Applied Bio-Nursing

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: NURS6123
Pre-requisites: NURS6115
Credit Value: 6
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 60
Clinical Hours: Nil
Aims: This paper aims to enable the student to extend and build on foundational knowledge gained in year one papers. It provides students with knowledge of altered physiological changes resulting from developmental alterations, illness and adaptive or compensatory changes within the body. Students learn to apply this knowledge in their nursing practice papers through assessment, planned interventions and evaluation of their nursing care.

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