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Foundations of Nursing (NURS90066)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90066
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the historical foundations and broad frameworks which shape the scope and dimensions of nursing. It takes a lifespan approach to key areas of practice, including child and adolescent health, aged care and mental health. Regulatory, legal and ethical frameworks that guide professional practice are examined. International, national and local politico-legal and economic factors that impact on the healthcare system and the sustainable provision of health services within in-patient and community settings are explored. Population health, health promotion and health literacy are considered within the National Health Priorities. Principles of cultural diversity and safety are explored. Emphasis is also given to the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Using experiential learning, students will develop general interaction and therapeutic communication skills that enable them to perform nursing assessments and engage in supportive interventions that demonstrate cultural competence and are appropriate to patient/client emotions, cues and educational needs. Students will gain an understanding of human development across the lifespan, theories of coping and adaptation, therapeutic relationships, and patient and carer perspectives. Throughout, students are encouraged to explore and reflect upon their own values and beliefs about health and illness.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • begin to appreciate the complex interaction between the multiple factors and current global and local contexts that influence nursing practice;
  • understand ethical and legal boundaries of nursing practice;
  • discuss the role of the registered nurse in terms of regulatory frameworks for practice;
  • understand environmental and socioeconomic issues that promote or impede the delivery of sustainable health care services;
  • explain some ways in which National Health Priorities are being addressed through health promotion and health literacy strategies;
  • develop awareness of local and national strategies to reduce health inequalities including self-determining strategies to promote community health and wellbeing;
  • identify common physical and mental health issues that occur among children and adolescents, older adults, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and vulnerable populations;
  • demonstrate beginning skills in professional communication, including an understanding of professional boundaries and self-awareness;
  • understand the relationship of developmental theories and concepts to health across the lifespan;
  • explore the concepts of health promotion, health literacy, early detection and early intervention in relation to health and illness
  • understand the importance of cultural safety/sensitivity in negotiating healthcare strategies that achieve outcomes endorsed by the recipient of health care interventions;
  • discuss patient education within the context of global trends toward self-care for individuals with acute and chronic illness;
  • create (at an entry to practice level) collaborative, cultural, leadership and advocacy capabilities to promote Indigenous health and wellbeing;
  • engage in and communicate knowledge and arguments effectively while maintaining cultural awareness and sensitivity;

Last updated: 16 November 2018