Foundations of Nursing

Course code NURS1181Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Introduces the history, philosophy and theoretical perspectives of nursing as well as the concept of prudence in nursing, through developing an understanding of the origins of practice and their links to the contemporary regulation of nursing and practice frameworks. It also provide a basis for the examination of contemporary nursing roles. Tools for providing evidence of development of clinical practice are also introduced.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Discuss the history of nursing;
2. Examine the relationships among nursing knowledge and nursing theories;
3. Describe the structures that comprise the Australian health care system.
4. Describe the structures and processes for the professional and legal regulation of nursing;
5. Examine the role relationships of a range of health care providers;
6. Discuss the contemporary roles and functions of the nurse;
7. Explore frameworks that guide nursing practice;
8. Examine a range of tools for learning and practice;
9. Develop and demonstrate group work skills;
10. Demonstrate effective communication skills, including oral, written and information and communication technology skills; and
11. Apply principles of integrity, honesty and respect for knowledge to academic activities.
ContentModule 1: Introduction to the Australian Healthcare System and Nurses as Professionals
Health service organisations;
The regulation of nursing: NSW Nurses Act, NMB,
Guidelines regarding boundaries of professional practice,
ANMC National Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct.
Module 2: Evolution of Nursing
The history of nursing, lessons from history, introductions;
Group/team development and inter-relationships within health care;
Contemporary nursing practice, contexts of practice, international, national and local professional and industrial nursing organisations;
Nursing roles and functions;
Relationships within nursing and with unregulated carers.
Module 3: Professional Nursing
The regulation of nursing: NSW Nurses Act, Nurses and Midwives Board;
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) National Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses;
ANMC Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Nurses;
Nursing roles and functions;
Relationships within nursing and with unregulated carers.
Module 4: Knowing in Nursing
Ways of knowing in nursing, finding nursing knowledge, using library databases;
Nursing theorists, concepts and frameworks, applying nursing knowledge;
The relevance of evidence to theory and practice;
Nursing care plans and assessment tools, Andersen's Care Activity Framework.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignmentsessay
Essays / Written Assignmentsessay
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks