Elective Courses

The following papers are elective, but you must choose 25 credits from the elective courses.

GCEI700 Introduction to ECG Analysis

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCEI700 Introduction to ECG Analysis 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill to analyse basic ECG analysis. The student will learn to recognise and interpret cardiac monitoring, ECG rhythm strips and 12 lead ECG at a basic level. These skills are required of many nurses in both the community and hospital setting.

Learning outcomes

  • interpret the waves, intervals and segments on a electrocardiogram reading
  • calculate rhythm, rate, and the principal measurement
  • interpret alterations in sinus rhythm
  • interpret atrial arrhythmias
  • differentiate between atrial and nodal arrhythmias
  • interpret ventricular arrhythmias
  • interpret conduction disturbances
  • undertake a 12 lead ECG
  • interpret acute ischaemic changes on a 12 lead ECG
  • discuss the implications of rhythm disturbance on cardiac function and the individual

GCMD700 Managing and Caring for People with Diabetes in the Clinical and Community Setting

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCMD700 Managing and Caring for People with Diabetes in the Clinical and Community Setting 7 10 100

The aim of this course is to provide opportunities for Registered Nurses to extend their knowledge and skills in the care and management of people with diabetes and to integrate their knowledge to nursing practice. This Course will enable students to reflect upon and critique their nursing practice in line with guidelines for best practice, and in relationship to national and international research on diabetes.

Learning outcomes

  • examine the pathophysiology, prevalence, incidence, clinical characteristics and diagnostic criteria of the different disorders of glucose metabolism.
  • critically consider the evidence for goals of diabetes management.
  • integrate into practice basic dietary advice based on National Nutritional Guidelines for management of diabetes and identify appropriate referral to dietician.
  • describe the methods, conditions and resources that can optimise the benefits and minimise the risks of regular physical activity for people with diabetes.
  • explain the different pharmacological treatments and demonstrate the technology used in the self management of diabetes.
  • analyse the acute complications of hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia, the consequences of both and the need to assist people to avoid them.
  • investigate the prevention, screening, progression and management of the long-term complications of diabetes.
  • critically consider the psychosocial implications and self management aspects of living with diabetes.
  • discuss the influence and impact of cultural beliefs and practices in people with diabetes and their communities.
  • reflect upon the application of this knowledge throughout the life cycle.
  • evaluate strategies to teach, support and motivate people with ongoing successful management of diabetes.

GCHI700 Understanding Mental Health Issues

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCHI700 Understanding Mental Health Issues 7 5 50


GCCP700 Management of Cancer Related Problems

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCCP700 Management of Cancer Related Problems 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of cancer treatment modalities and the nursing management of cancer related problems.

Learning outcomes

  • examine the treatment modalities and the relationship of these modalities to the patient's cancer process
  • critique understandings of 'complementary' therapies in relationship to 'orthodox' treatments
  • discuss the pharmacological interventions in symptom management of the person with cancer
  • determine the principles of palliative care
  • critique the nursing management of common cancer related complications
  • discuss the key factors in the management of oncology emergencies

GCYH700 Introduction to Youth Health

Management of Parkinsons Disease and Issues Related to Living with Chronic Illness
CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCYH700 Introduction to Youth Health 7 5 50

To provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge, attitudes and skills in Youth Health. Focus will be given on developing strategies and tools for connecting with young people in a primary health care setting. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between young people and their health and development; be able to identify issues impacting youth health and the relationships with their family/whanau and the community in which they live.
It is also intended that students will be able to utilise assessment tools and apply models of care developed for working with young people

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the biopsychosocial influences on the development of young people in contemporary New Zealand society.
  • Identify and discuss issues commonly seen in a primary health care setting, that impact on the health of young people such as: mental health, alcohol and drug use; and sexual health.
  • Analyse the scope of nursing practice in relation to youth health assessment, care planning management and evaluation in a primary health care setting.
  • Discuss and evaluate the use of HEEADSSS assessment which identifies the key determinants of youth specific physical, mental and cultural well-being.
  • Discuss factors which influence the development, maintenance and conclusions of therapeutic relationships
  • Consider tools for engagement, building resilience and promoting positive lifestyle changes in young people.
  • Identify resources and youth agencies that will provide information for the individual and caregivers regarding specific health issues.

GCPD700 Management of Parkinsons Disease and Issues Related to Living with Chronic Illness

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCPD700 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and practice in the nursing management of people who have Parkinson's Disease as an example of working with people who live with chronic illness.
The learning experiences provided, and peer discussion will enable the student to reflect upon and critique their nursing practice in line with the latest research on movement disorder and issues related to Parkinson's Disease.

Learning outcomes

  • explain the physiology of the central nervous system and analyse the pathophysiological changes which occur in Parkinson's disease.
  • discuss the impact of diagnosis and ongoing treatment on the individual and their family/whanau.
  • analyse the health alterations that occur in Parkinson's disease and consider the impact of these alterations on the individual.
  • review and critique treatment modalities with particular emphasis on the principles of drug administration in Parkinson's disease.
  • discuss the value of incorporating aspects of education, health promotion and change theory in the context of supporting the person who has Parkinson's disease.

GCDI700 Responding to People with Alcohol and Drug Issues

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCDI700 Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Skills Interventions 7 5 50


GCMP700 Management of Acute Pain

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCMP700 Management of Acute Pain 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge in assessment and management of the patient with acute pain. The course will enable the Registered Nurse to better understand the physical and psychological components of acute pain and its management in the surgical context by exploring physiology and pharmacology relating to acute pain.

Learning outcomes

  • discuss the physiology of acute pain and responses to surgical intervention.
  • analyse the practice issues surrounding the assessment of pain and the factors that influence pain perception.
  • explore and evaluate current pharmacological approaches to the management of post operative pain.
  • discuss the use of specific modalities of postoperative pain management: patient controlled analgesia, epidural analgesia, systemic and oral analgesia.
  • critically evaluate literature, research and/or evidence concerning best practice in acute and postoperative pain management.
  • critically evaluate the role of the nurse in acute pain management.

GCEP700 Care of the Dying Person Managing Pain

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCEP700 Care of the Dying Person Managing Pain 7 5 50

To provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge in the assessment and management of pain experienced by individuals in their last week of life. This online course will enable the student to better understand the holistic management of pain by exploring assessment frameworks, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies within the context of the individual and their family/whanau. The Liverpool Care pathway will be introduced and its role in pain management during the end of life phase analysed.

Learning outcomes

  • Outline the physiology of the types of pain (e.g., somatic, visceral, bone, neuropathic) experienced in the palliative setting.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in the holistic assessment of pain.
  • Explore and evaluate current pharmacological approaches to the management of pain during the care of the dying phase.
  • Discuss current non-pharmacological interventions in the management of pain during the care of the dying phase.
  • Reflect on and explore the psycho-social approaches to supporting the person in pain, and their family/whanau, during the end of life phase.
  • Discuss the goals of end of life care and explore the role of the Liverpool Care pathway in relation to providing a 'best practice' approach to managing pain during the care of the dying phase.
  • Critically evaluate literature, research and/or evidence concerning best practice in pain management at the end of life.

GCNV700 Care of the Dying Person: Managing Nausea/Vomiting

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCNV700 Care of the Dying Person: Managing Nausea/Vomiting 7 5 50

To provide Registered Nurses with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge in the assessment and management of nausea and vomiting experienced by the dying person. This online course will enable the student to better understand the holistic management of nausea and vomiting. The student will explore assessment frameworks, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management strategies within the context of the individual and their family/whanau. The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) will be discussed and the role of the Registered Nurse in managing nausea and vomiting will be analysed. 

Learning outcomes

  • Outline the physiology of nausea and vomiting relevant to the palliative setting.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in assessment of nausea and vomiting.
  • Explore, evaluate and critique pharmacological approaches to the management of nausea/vomiting during the dying phase.
  • Discuss current non-pharmacological interventions in the management of nausea/vomiting during the care of the dying phase.
  • Reflect on and explore the psycho-social approaches to supporting the person experiencing nausea/vomiting, and their family/whanau, during the dying phase.
  • Discuss the principles of care of the dying person, and explore the role of the Liverpool Care Pathway in relation to providing a 'best practice' approach to managing nausea/vomiting.
  • Critically evaluate literature, research and/or evidence concerning best practice in care co-ordination related to the management of nausea/vomiting

GCCI700 Care of the Dying Person: The Challenge of Chronic Illness

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCCI700 Care of the Dying Person: The Challenge of Chronic Illness 7 5 50


GCWA700 Wound Assessment

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCWA700 Wound Assessment 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and practice in wound assessment. The learning experiences provided, and peer discussion, will enable the student to reflect upon and critique their nursing practice in line with the latest research on wound care.

Learning outcomes

  • use advanced retrieval skills in searching out the latest evidence based practice on wound assessment.
  • outline how the normal physiology of the skin is impacted upon by changes that are related to biological, physiological and socio-cultural influences.
  • discuss how the process of wound assessment impacts on wound management.
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in undertaking wound care assessments.
  • critically evaluate wound assessment practices.
  • explore research on assessment as a basis for practice.
  • reflect on nursing practice and explore this in relation to ethical, cultural and sociopolitical influences.

GCWM700 Wound Management

CodeTitleLevelCreditsEstimated Hours
GCWM700 Wound Management 7 5 50

The aim of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop further their knowledge and practice in the management of wounds. The learning experiences provided, and peer discussion, will enable the student to reflect upon and critique their nursing practice in line with the latest research on wound care management.

Learning outcomes

  • use advanced information retrieval skills in searching out the latest evidence based practice on wound management.
  • critically evaluate wound management practices.
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge in determining appropriate wound management strategies.
  • identify and use nursing and other theoretical frameworks appropriately in the context of specific clients and their educational needs.
  • discuss strategies to deal with resource constraints and change.
  • outline the difference in aetiology and management of acute and chronic wounds.