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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Providing care for an individual is a privilege. 'Formal care' is provided by a number of community agencies in the form of health care, social care, spiritual care and community care. Nursing is often cited as a 'caring' profession by its members and the wider community. Why has the profession been 'labelled' in this way? You will examine the historical and philosophical foundations that underpin nursing in an attempt to address this question. It will be asserted that the impacts of war, the industrial revolution, the rise of feminism, the communication age and the global village have provided significant contributions to the development of nursing. The impacts of these foundations, on contemporary practice, will be explored and you will undertake some 'crystal ball gazing' activities in an effort to predict future contributions of the profession to the health of the community.

SchoolNursing and Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKristina Edvardsson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in course code: HMNSCO


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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain ways in which philosophical ideas and historical world events have shaped nursing practice over time.
02. Critically evaluate key theoretical concepts that underpin contemporary nursing practice.
03. Engage in debate about the ethical, social, legal and political context of nursing, in contemporary society, using a comparative approach.
04. Critically evaluate the future direction, contribution and roles for nursing in the context of emerging global health care challenges.

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