Compulsory Courses

The following papers are compulsary. Combined they amount to 40-45 credts depending on the papers selected. The estimated total hours is 400-450 hours which is a combination of teacher tuition and self directed learning.

GCRH700 Introduction to Rural Health

Code Title Level Credits Estimated Hours
GCRH700 Introduction to Rural Health 7 5 50

To provide Registered Nurses practicing in rural areas of New Zealand with the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the factors that influence the provision and delivery of health care to rural communities.
To provide Registered Nurses with knowledge of the historical, geographic, demographic, cultural, socio-economic and technological factors that influences the provision of rural health care.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Examine the historical, cultural and societal context of rural New Zealand
  • Identify the unique issues that influence the delivery of healthcare to rural communities in New Zealand
  • Discuss the epidemiology of selected prevalent health issues in rural New Zealand
  • Discuss potential strategies and/or models of rural health deliverys

Indicative curriculum

  • Historical , cultural and societal context of New Zealand
  • Issues influencing the delivery of rural health care
  • Contextual Health Issues
  • Strategies and models of rural health delivery

Learning activities

  • Multi-Modal : Group discussions, presentations, e-learning, tutorials, self-directed research


CGAL700 Cultural Perspectives in Rural Health

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
CGAL700 Cultural Perspectives in Rural Health 7 5 50

GCRE701 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Recognition, Assessment and Management

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCRE701 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Recognition, Assessment and Management 7 5 50


GCRE702 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Knowledge and Theory

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCRE702 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Knowledge and Theory 7 5 50


GCRE703 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCRE703 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions 7 5 50

GCHA700 Health Assessment of Adults

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCHA700 Health Assessment of Adults 7 10 100

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for students to extend their knowledge and skills in the assessment of health status, and to integrate their knowledge of normal processes and pathophysiology to nursing practice. On completion of the course the student will be able to undertake a comprehensive subjective/objective systems assessment on an individual, and critically apply this knowledge to practice.

Learning outcomes

  • undertake a comprehensive health history and conduct a systematic physical examination.
  • for specific episodes of ill health selectively review the individual's health history, and determine the relevant physical examination required utilising an investigative framework.
  • analyse client history and physical examination findings to determine alterations from normal within physical and sensory capacities.
  • document information accurately from client's history and examination.
  • critically evaluate history and examination findings to make judgements for timely referral to other health professionals and make a decision about appropriate nurse intervention.
  • reflect upon relevance of health assessment to nursing practice.

or GCCA700 Assessing the Acutely Unwell Child (in the Acute Care Setting)

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCCA700 Assessing the Acutely Unwell Child (in the Acute Care Setting) 7 10 100

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for Registered Nurses to extend their knowledge and skills in the assessment of children with acute health alteration and to integrate their knowledge of normal processes and pathophysiology to nursing practice. On completion of the course students will be able to undertake a focused assessment on a child and critically apply this knowledge to practice

Learning outcomes

  • discuss the utility and application of rapid assessment frameworks when caring for children with, or at risk, of acute illness.
  • for specific episodes of acute health alteration, selectively review the child's health history and determine the relevant assessment data required, utilising a problem-solving and family focused approach.
  • undertake a focused assessment of an unwell child (demonstrating consideration of the communication issues related to assessing an acutely unwell child) and analyse assessment findings to determine alterations from developmental norms and physiological responses to altered health status.
  • verbally report and document information from the history and examination accurately and succinctly.
  • critically evaluate assessment findings in order to identify and prioritise appropriate nursing interventions and timely referrals to other health professionals.

or GCCH700 Comprehensive Child Health Assessment

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCCH700 Comprehensive Child Health Assessment 7 10 100

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for Registered Nurses to extend their knowledge and skills in assessment of children's health status and to integrate their knowledge of normal processes and pathophysiology to nursing practice in the community. On completion of the course students will be able to undertake a comprehensive holistic assessment on a child and critically apply this knowledge to practice.

 

or GCRA700 Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCRA700 Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient 7 5 50

To provide students with the opportunity to further develop the clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills required in the identification and assessment of acute deterioration in adult health status. The learning experiences provided will enable students to reflect upon and evaluate the relationships between physiology, pathophysiology, clinical assessment and their own nursing practice.

Learning outcomes

  • utilise a rapid assessment framework to obtain, analyse and evaluate appropriate information in order to prioritise nursing and collaborative intervention.
  • analyse physiological responses to acute deterioration in health status to provide rationale for assessment findings and nursing actions.
  • identify the key physiological parameters associated with critical illness and clinical deterioration.
  • utilise a communication framework to articulate accurate and relevant information from the patient's situation, history and assessment findings to appropriate members of the healthcare team.
  • analyse the role and scope of nursing practice in situations of acute health deterioration and family support.