Year One operates within a health and wellness framework. Students are encouraged to develop as autonomous and reflective learners. 200 hours of beginning practicum experiences in year one focus on healthy development through the lifespan, health promotion, health education, health assessments and care of the well elderly in residential and private homes.
In Year Two, students further develop core and specialised skills and theoretical knowledge and are provided with the opportunity to develop analytical and research skills. Year Two papers focus on ongoing knowledge, critical analysis and reflection development, and the development of competencies in nursing practice. Emphasis continues to be on partnership and respect for individuals. 430 practicum hours are offered in a variety of health and illness settings in hospitals, hospital related services within the community, and primary health settings (occupational health, public health, well child, GP/PHO settings).
Year Three requires in depth knowledge of specialised content of acute care and mental health. Year Three papers aim to complement and build on the students' existing theoretical and practical knowledge established in Years One and Two. The student will be encouraged to apply critical reasoning in increasingly complex practice settings in community and hospital facilities.
Year Three provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to practice as confident safe beginning practitioners. In this year, 880 practicum hours are provided to enable students to develop the competencies required of beginning practitioners. 400 of the practicum hours are offered as a transition placement where students gain extended experience as part of a health care team in community or hospital placement. As far as possible students will take responsibility for their choice of transition to practice paper.
BN511 Professional Issues in Nursing
This paper lays down the foundation principles for the profession of nursing. It will explore the modern practice of nursing within a variety of environments and examine how the role of nursing has changed over time. Students will begin to explore their own values and beliefs and how this may impact upon their delivery of nursing care.
BN521 Primary Health and Health Promotion
This paper will enable the student to gain an understanding of the principles of communication, cultural safety and primary health care. Students will examine the role of the nurse in primary health care and health promotion.
BN522 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
The purpose of this paper is to introduce students to the fundamentals of nursing within New Zealand / Aotearoa.
BN531 Health and Social Sciences 1
The student will be introduced to social science principles related to growth and development, health psychology, psychology and sociology providing a comprehensive theoretical foundation for nursing practice.
BN541 Health Sciences 1
The purpose of this paper is to introduce students to the biological, chemical and physical principles upon which human body structure and function is based, providing a sound scientific basis for the development of safe and effective nursing practice.
BN611 Professional Issues in Nursing 2
This paper will enable the student to develop knowledge of the nature of nursing and how practice is developed and delivered within New Zealand / Aotearoa. It will build on the knowledge gained in BN511.
BN623 The Art and Science of Nursing Practice
Students will have the opportunity to further develop and apply their theoretical knowledge and skills in a wide variety of primary and secondary health care settings to clients across the lifespan utilising reflection and critical thinking.
BN631 Health and Social Sciences 2
Students will further examine the significance of cultural safety within Aotearoa/ New Zealand and the relationship of the Treaty of Waitiangi to healthcare and Kawa Whakaruruhau.
Students will develop a holistic approach to caring for the family / whanau recognising the diversity of needs identified in the New Zealand Health Care Strategy (2003) and the Primary Health Care Strategy (2001).
BN641 Health Sciences 2
Students will further develop their knowledge base established in BN541. Understanding of selected aspects of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology and pharmacology will be gained to consolidate a sound theoretical basis for safe nursing practice.
BN711 Leadership and Professional Issues in Nursing
The purpose of this paper is to review the role of the nurse within organisations and to study the impact of national and international policies on the delivery of nursing care.
BN721 Nursing in the Acute Setting
The purpose of this paper is to consolidate the previously learnt nursing skills and knowledge and apply them in practise to increasingly complex clients, in a variety of acute environments. Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate decision making skills utilizing evidence based practice. Students will become actively involved within the multidisciplinary team.
BN722 Nursing in Mental Health Settings
This paper will provide an informed and contemporary theoretical and practical basis of mental health nursing to the student learner. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge, behaviours, skills, and competencies integral to mental health nursing practice within a variety of learning environments.
BN723 Transition for Nursing Practice
This paper will consolidate all the components of the Bachelor of Nursing programme to enable the student nurse to transition from student to registered nurse through practice under the supervision of an experienced preceptor.
BN731 Health and Social Sciences 3
The students will demonstrate critical analysis and integration into nursing practice, health, social science, growth and development, cultural safety, Treaty of Waitangi and Māori health knowledge.
BN741 Health Sciences 3
This paper will engender the application of health science knowledge to the comprehensive analysis of specific health topics.