Nursing Undergraduate Handbook 2020 - The University of Auckland

Nursing Undergraduate Handbook 2020 - The University of Auckland
Undergraduate Handbook 2020

Nursing Undergraduate Handbook 2020 - The University of Auckland
    Kia ora, congratulations on being accepted into the Bachelor of
    Nursing programme, your first step to becoming a registered
    nurse. We extend to you a warm welcome and hope that you will
    enjoy the kind and friendly atmosphere of the School of Nursing,
    where students can pursue study under the guidance of highly-
    qualified, caring and experienced teachers.
    The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences has a commitment
    to health professionals working together for the benefit of our
    communities. We respect the roles of others with knowledge and
    understanding. To this end, the Bachelor of Nursing programme
    provides an opportunity for health professional students to
    learn together in an environment of excellence in research and
    scholarship. We place emphasis on creating a safe and nurturing
    learning experience. Our teaching, research and scholarship
    practices have close links with our clinical partners in hospitals
    and community settings. We trust that you will find learning with
    us both enjoyable and rewarding in terms of your career goals.
    Haere Mai and Good luck with your studies.
    Dr Julia Slark,
    Head, School of Nursing

    Our programmes                                           • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences –
    The School of Nursing offers the following
                                                             • Master of Health Science – MHSc
                                                             • Master of Nursing – MNurs
    • Bachelor of Nursing – BNurs
                                                             • Master of Nursing Practice – MNursPrac
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Science –
      (BNurs/BSc)                                            • Masters of Nursing Science
    • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Health Sciences        • Doctor of Philosophy – Nursing – PhD
      – (BHSc/BNurs)
    • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) – BNurs (Hons)
    • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons)/Bachelor
      of Nursing – BAdvSci(hons)/BNurs
    • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences –

Nursing Undergraduate Handbook 2020 - The University of Auckland
Bachelor of Nursing curriculum
The intent is that the Bachelor of Nursing degree
will prepare our students for registration with
                                                        Nursing practice
the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as a          • Nursing is related to health care delivery. As
Comprehensive Nurse.                                      such, nursing skills are developed in association
The overall curriculum has three major focuses.           with the application of knowledge. Relevant
The focuses and the organising principles for each        and significant periods of clinical experiences
area are stated below:                                    provide the foundation for this.
                                                        • Nursing is concerned not only with the care
The knowledge base and                                    of people who are ill, but also with health
its integration into nursing                              promotion, ill-health prevention and enabling
                                                          and empowering people to be able to manage
practice                                                  their own health.
• Provides a foundation base of knowledge from          • The student focuses first on relatively normal
  the biological, behavioural and social sciences         individual and population functioning so that
  that will complement knowledge and skill                actual and potential deviations can then be
  development in nursing practice.                        recognised and responded to with appropriate
                                                          nursing interventions.
• Facilitates independent learning skills.
                                                        • The student progressively develops nursing
• Provides an opportunity for nursing students
                                                          capabilities which are applied in increasingly
  to study alongside other health professional
                                                          complex situations.
• Utilises an evidence-based emphasis in teaching
  and learning.                                         The New Zealand Health
• Facilitates integration of learning and application   Care System
  of knowledge to nursing practice.
                                                        • Describes the evolving NZ health and disability
• Facilitates the development of broad graduate           support services with interprofessional health
  capabilities such as analysis, critique and             care teams and with a focus on clinical, cost-
  synthesis.                                              effective and quality care.
                                                        • An understanding of areas of health priority
                                                          in NZ, in particular Māori health needs. Māori
                                                          health issues are emphasised in individual

BNurs Graduate Profile
    A Graduate Profile reflects a set of attributes,      Communication and engagement
    knowledge, skills and attitudes that graduates will   1.   Engage with and advocate for diverse groups
    develop to equip them for future education and             in order to attain and maintain good health.
    employment. The following themes represent the
    capabilities that will be fostered through learning   2.   Effectively articulate theoretical ideas and
    experiences in this programme:                             nursing knowledge to patients, families
                                                               and peers, appreciating the centrality of
                                                               interpersonal processes to the practice of
    Disciplinary knowledge and practice
    1.   Demonstrate knowledge, skills and resilience
         associated with safe, effective nursing          Independence and integrity
                                                          1.   Promote a nursing perspective within the
    2.   Apply theory to practice and demonstrate              interprofessional activities of the health
         knowledge and understanding of the different          care team, and reflect on one’s own
         contexts of health care delivery and the role         culture of practice and that of other health
         of nursing.                                           professionals to inform care.
                                                          2.   Practice nursing autonomously within a scope
    Critical thinking
                                                               of practice and in accordance with relevant
    1.   Demonstrate sound clinical judgement                  legislation and ethical principles.
         based on evidence and contribute to nursing
         knowledge development through reflective         Social and environmental responsibilities
         and research based practice.
                                                          1.   Work in a culturally safe and competent
    2.   Recognise when evidence is less than                  manner for all.
         adequate, identify areas of practice that
         require further examination, and demonstrate     2.   Actively incorporate the principles of the
         the ability to present reasoned arguments for         Treaty of Waitangi in clinical practices with
         improvements in health care.                          the aim of improving health outcomes for
    3.   Understand and value the professional
         imperative to base practice on evidence in       3.   Respect the world views of clients and their
         order to access trustworthy sources.                  right to hold personal beliefs, values and
                                                               goals and view each client relationship as
    Solution seeking
    1.   Utilise knowledge to problem solve in the
         health environment in order to prioritise
         patient safety, independence, quality of life
         and health.
    2.   Demonstrate the ability to systematically
         address complex problems, applying
         appropriate models of care which are
         individually tailored to suit client needs.

Course structure
The Curriculum Model                                   Part One allows the student to:

The model is three-dimensional consisting of:          • Develop the knowledge base from the biological,
                                                         behavioural and social sciences that underpins
1.   Areas of practice:                                  nursing practice.
     • Fundamentals of nursing practice                • Develop an understanding of the scope and
     • Nursing clients with a pathophysiological         nature of the nursing profession.
       problem                                         • Demonstrate safe and competent beginning
     • Mental health, addictions and disability          nursing practice.

     • Child and family health practice
     • Transition to professional nursing practice
                                                       Parts Two and Three
                                                       Parts Two and Three focus on the profession and
2.   Capabilities or abilities that the student
                                                       practice of nursing, including medical/surgical,
     demonstrates. These reflect the graduate
                                                       mental health and addictions, disability, child and
     outcomes of the programme and relate to
                                                       family health nursing. Parts Two and Three provide
     Nursing Council competencies. They are
                                                       for an integrated approach to learning. The nursing
     written in terms of practice abilities.
                                                       profession has its own body of knowledge; however
3.   The content threads that move through each        the knowledge base for the nursing profession also
     semester and build throughout the three year      draws on a number of disciplines and professions.
     programme.                                        This includes disciplines such as anatomy,
                                                       physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology,
Part One                                               psychology, sociology and professions such as
                                                       medicine and physiotherapy. This integrated
The curriculum is organised to allow for foundation    approach also facilitates the integration of theory
studies in Part One, where the student focuses         and practice. The curriculum is organised around
first on relatively normal individual and population   individuals or groups with specific health deficits.
functioning and a base of knowledge from the
                                                       Parts Two and Three allow the student to:
biological, behavioural and social sciences. This
base then complements knowledge and skill              • Progressively develop the personal and
development in nursing practice. There are two           professional capabilities of a nurse.
nursing courses in Part One which provide an
                                                       • Become confident, self-motivated independent
introduction and preparation to professional
nursing practice. A compulsory three week block
of learning in which clinical practice skills are      The integrated approach allows the student to:
consolidated is scheduled at the completion of
Year One examinations. This provides an essential      • Develop an overview of health care problems
preparation for entry into Part Two.                     and the way that various disciplines contribute
                                                         to knowledge and health care practice.

• Develop an understanding that the problems                  During campus blocks the student has the
      and issues of health care today do not observe              opportunity to acquire foundation knowledge
      traditional boundaries between disciplines.                 to support learning in clinical situations. During
                                                                  clinical practice blocks students will focus on
    • See how disciplines relate to each other.
                                                                  learning and application of theory knowledge
    The integrated courses reflect the way health care            within the context of nursing practice.
    operates, presenting an interprofessional view of             The timetable for semesters in Parts Two and
    health care rather than a fragmented, subject, or             Three allows for 16 week semesters with
    discipline-oriented view. The students learn that             Semester One commencing in late January
    health care is multifaceted and dynamic, and that             or early February and Semester Two finishing
    no one discipline functions in isolation.                     late November. Details of semester dates are
    The integrated courses provide a context in                   provided to students in a separate document,
    which the student can acquire the fundamental                 however students should be aware of the
    principles of nursing, and recognise the strengths            longer semesters for Parts Two and Three when
    and limitations of health related disciplines and the         planning out study commitments. Students in
    contribution of those disciplines to the NZ health            Part One are also required to complete 3 weeks
    and disability support services environment.                  of clinical placement at the end of the Semester
    The structure of the integrated courses in Parts              Two examination period. Clinical practice
    Two and Three provide for campus blocks and                   periods will necessitate timetabled hours
    extensive periods of clinical practice.                       different from campus blocks.

    Summary of papers
     Part One                                                                                                 Points
     Semester One
     BIOSCI 107           Biology for Biomedical Science: Cellular Processes and Development                  15
     POPLHLTH 111         Population Health                                                                   15
     NURSING 104          Applied Science for Nurses                                                          15
     General Education                                                                                        15

     Semester Two
     HLTHPSYC 122         Behaviour, Health and Development                                                   15
     MEDSCI 142           Biology for Biomedical Science: Organ Systems                                       15
     NURSING 105          Nursing in Practice                                                                 30

     Part Two
     NURSING 201          Nursing Clients with a Pathophysiological Problem                                   60
     NURSING 202          Nursing in Mental Health, Addictions and Disability                                 60

     Part Three
     NURSING 301          Child and Family Health Nursing                                                     60
     NURSING 302          Professional Nursing Practice                                                       60

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Courses and prescriptions
BIOSCI 107 Biology for                               POPHLTH 111 Population
Biomedical Science : Cellular                        Health
Processes and Development                            15 points (Semester One)
15 points (Semester One)                             This course introduces future health professionals
                                                     (both clinical and non-clinical) to the principles
This course introduces the cellular basis
                                                     and uses of population health sciences, in
of mammalian form and function including
                                                     particular epidemiology. It will demonstrate the
embryology and development. Particular emphasis
                                                     application of epidemiological methods and tools
will be placed on the cellular components of the
                                                     in generating evidence about the determinants of
blood, neural, muscular, immune, and supporting
                                                     population health and disease, and the application
systems and how they contribute to the structure
                                                     of this evidence to inform clinical, health service
and function of the body as a whole.
                                                     and public health action. The course will provide
Required texts:                                      an introduction to the social context of health
Tortora, G. J., & Derrickson, B. H. (2018).          and illness and discuss selected local and global
Principles of anatomy and physiology: Asia-pacific   population health issues.
Edition. (2nd ed.) NSW, Australia: John Wiley &
Sons                                                 Recommended text:
                                                     Webb, P. (2017). Essential epidemiology : an
Course Director:                                     introduction for students and health professionals
Dr Suzanne Reid                                      (Third ed.): Cambridge, United Kingdom :
Email:                      Cambridge University Press.

                                                     Course Director:
                                                     Dr Roshini Peiris-John

NURSING 104                                              take into account biological factors such as the
                                                             role of testosterone, psychological factors such
    Applied Science for Nurses                               as reinforcement for aggressive acts, and social
                                                             factors such as role models. Similarly, a complete
    15 points (Semester One)                                 understanding of an illness such as schizophrenia
    This course provides an opportunity for both the         can only be obtained by taking into account
    study of concepts from the physical sciences             genetic predispositions, alterations to brain
    relevant to nursing and the application of specific      functions, and exposure to psychosocial stressors.
    and selected topics from the biological sciences to
    be related to beginning nurse practice.                  Required text:
    The course introduces students to basic concepts         Lilienfeld, S. O., Lynn, S. J., Namy, L. L., Jamieson,
    from the physical sciences that are essential            G., Marks, A. & Slaughter, V. (2019).
    as a foundation for the study of physiology,             Psychology: From inquiry to understanding (3rd
    pharmacology and pathophysiology and relevant            ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Pearson Australia
    to the functioning of the healthy human body.
    This includes basic concepts from chemistry,             Course Director:
    physics, and calculations relating to fluid and drug     Dr Suzanne Stevens
    administration. Electricity and electrical safety will   Email:
    also be covered.
    Aspects of body function related to biochemistry
    and physiology will be covered in relation to
                                                             MEDSCI 142 Biology for
    nursing, both for health and disease states. For         Medical Science: Organ
    some topics a case study approach will be utilised.      Systems
    Required texts:                                          15 points (Semester Two)
    Foss, M., & Farine, T. (2007). Science in nursing        This course complements the first semester
    and health care (2nd ed.). Harlow, England:              course BIOSCI 107 Biology for Biomedical
    Pearson Education 2007.                                  Science: Cellular Processes and Development. The
                                                             understanding of cellular structure and function
    Course Director:
                                                             gained in the first semester will be extended in the
    Dr Kim Ward                                              second semester to the structure and function of
    Email:                             human organs.
                                                             This course is organised system-by-system.
    HLTHPSYC 122 Behaviour,                                  Within each topic an integrated account of both
    Health and Development                                   anatomy and physiology will be presented. It is
                                                             expected that students will gain an understanding
                                                             of macroscopic structure (as seen with the naked
    15 points (Semester Two)                                 eye), of microscopic structure (at the level of tens
    The Behaviour, Health and Development course in          or hundreds of cells), of the way in which cells co-
    the first year provides the conceptual foundations       operate to form functional units within an organ,
    for understanding the behaviour of people. The           and of the integrated functioning of the system
    course is structured around the biopsychosocial          as a whole within the body. Topics to be covered
    model which provides a framework for integrating         in lectures are the musculoskeletal, nervous,
    the biological, psychological and social                 respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive,
    perspectives on human behaviour, health and              endocrine and reproductive systems.
    development. For instance, a behaviour such
    as aggression can only be fully understood if we

Six laboratories accompany the lectures. Each          are also introduced in this course. Preparation
laboratory spans several lecture topics. These         for clinical nursing practice is included. Skills and
sessions will require hands-on manipulation of         knowledge are developed to a level of competency
laboratory equipment and of animal and human           that will ensure safe nursing practice. Students
tissue. The laboratories are essential in developing   are introduced to safety aspects of working and
a full understanding of structure and function.        managing a health care environment.
They will be assessed during the labs, in the mid-     The emphasis is on the acquisition of skills and
semester test, and in the final examination.           attitudes appropriate for beginning nursing
                                                       practice together with the knowledge needed to
Required text:                                         safely undertake practical skills. The skills needed
Tortora, G. J., & Derrickson, B. H. (2018).            to undertake a health assessment of an individual
Principles of anatomy and physiology: Asia-pacific     are introduced. The course completes with a three
Edition. (2nd ed.) NSW, Australia: John Wiley &        week block of clinical experience where students
Sons                                                   have the opportunity to become competent with
                                                       nursing practice skills.
Course Directors:
Angela Tsai                                            Required texts:
Email:                           Hill, R., Hill, H., & Glew, P. (2017). Fundamentals
Peter Riordan                                          of nursing and midwifery: A person centred
Email:                        approach to care. Sydney: Wolters Kluwer Health
                                                       Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

NURSING 105 Nursing in                                 Jarvis, C. (2012). Jarvis’s physical examination &
                                                       health assessment H. Forbes & E. Watt, Adapting
Practice                                               eds. Australian and New Zealand ed. Chatswood,
                                                       NSW, Australia: Saunders Elsevier.
30 points (Semester Two)
                                                       Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2018). Essentials of
This course provides an introduction to the            Nursing Research Methods. Appraising evidence
profession of nursing and the dimensions of            for nursing practice. (9th ed.). Sydney: Wolters
nursing practice together with an introduction to      Kluwer Health Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
the context in which nursing is practiced. Students
                                                       Additional course readings will be supplied.
will explore what it means to be a nurse and the
culture that is nursing, concepts of health and        Course Coordinator:
illness and the context of nursing and health care.
                                                       Linda Jackson
Interpersonal skills essential to nursing practice

Clinical practice
     Clinical experience                                      Clinical placements
     High quality teaching and learning in the clinical       Clinical placements are provided throughout the
     context is essential for students in practice-based      Auckland region including Waitematā Health on
     disciplines such as nursing. Clinical experience         the North Shore, West Auckland and Counties
     prepares students for their professional role and        Manukau in South Auckland. Consideration must
     promotes the development of the skills, attitudes        be given to transport to enable your attendance
     and knowledge necessary to function as a                 at these clinical sites.
     registered nurse.
     An integrated teaching approach is used to               Professional insurance
     encourage the application of theory to practice.
     Classroom and clinical teaching are closely linked       indemnity
     and teaching methods include clinical experience         The student nurse is responsible to the Registered
     in health care agencies, clinical laboratories, skills   Nurse in their placement area for the quality
     workshops and clinical tutorials.                        of patient care and must operate under their
     A collaborative model of clinical teaching is used       supervision.
     to enhance and strengthen student learning               Once a student accepts some independent
     in clinical practice. Students work and learn            responsibility for patient care, even under careful
     with registered nurses appointed as mentors              supervision, they also accept a liability for
     in the clinical setting. Mentorship involves the         negligent or accidental practice. This will usually
     registered nurse working with and teaching the           be shared by the supervising preceptor in general
     student on a one-to-one basis within the clinical        practice, or by the clinical agencies and the Faculty
     setting. Nursing lecturers are also involved in the      of Medical & Health Sciences.
     supervision and assessment of students, tutorial
                                                              There could be circumstances where a student
     teaching, maintaining the educational standards
                                                              nurse would be held personally liable for their
     and ensuring collaboration with clinical staff.
                                                              negligent act. As a protection against such liability,
     The student’s clinical activities are guided by          student nurses must take out individually
     written clinical learning outcomes for each of           suitable professional negligence cover before
     the courses. These also provide guidance for the         commencing their first clinical assignment. Such
     preceptors. The clinical context is a rich learning      cover should relate to clinical activities carried out
     environment with multiple learning opportunities         by the student nurse both within and outside of the
     and while there are specific learning outcomes that      hospitals.
     must be achieved in each clinical block, there is
                                                              The New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the
     also an expectation that the student will make the
                                                              College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) have introduced a
     most of all available learning opportunities.
                                                              Student Membership to cover these requirements.

Police vetting                                            Approximate costs
The Vulnerable Childrens Act 2014 requires                UOA Nursing Tunic: $89
organisations to ensure safety checks are                 Stethoscope: approx. $150
completed for persons working with vulnerable             Indemnity Insurance Y1: Free Y2 & Y3: $40
members of society. Collection and consideration          Shoes: $40
of a range of information including a referee             Black dress pants: $40
check, interview and police vetting that will occur       NCNZ State Registration Exam (final year): $240
during the student’s first year. Nursing students         Laboratory coat (if needed): $35 from UBIQ
will undergo another safety check in Year 3 by the
Nursing Council of New Zealand prior to sitting the
State Registration Exam.
                                                          Code of conduct
                                                          Nursing students must maintain standards of
                                                          practice in the interests of public safety and the
                                                          profession. All students must adhere to a Code of
                                                          Conduct which is based on the Code of Conduct
                                                          for Nurses and Midwives (Nursing Council, 1999).
All students are required to undertake immunisation testing. Please be aware that our clinical partners
require that you have received a primary course of vaccines . Compromised immunity may mean that you
are excluded from clinical areas and therefore unable to complete the nursing programme.

 Which        Testing for    Results          Further action             Comment
 students                    recorded on
                             ISR* form
 Year 1       Varicella      Clear history    None                       If a clear history of chicken pox exists
              zoster virus   of chicken                                  no testing is needed. Otherwise testing
              antibody       pox exists or                               is required.
                             antibody +ve                                If exposed, non-immune contacts pose
                             -ve              Vaccinations X 2 with      risks to vulnerable patients and risk
                                              follow up blood test       being stood down with consequent
                                              required                   significant disruption to clinical training
 Year 1       Measles/       +ve              None                       See above for immune contact risk.
                             -ve              MMR 11 vaccination(s)
                                              & follow up with further
                                              blood test
 Year 1       Hepatitis B    +ve              None                       See above for immune contact risk.
                             -ve              Vaccination (X3) &
                                              follow up with further
              Hepatitis      -ve              None
              B surface
                             +ve              Refer to hepatologist      Refer to Programme Director (see pg.
                                              for discussion             26) for referral for career advice
                                              regarding management
 Year 1       Hepatitis C    -ve              None
                             +ve              Refer to hepatologist      If further testing (HCV RNA) confirms
                                              for discussion re          HCV infection, refer to Programme
                                              management                 Director for referral for career advice

Which          Testing for     Results         Further action              Comment
      students                       recorded on
                                     ISR* form
      Year 1         Quantiferon     -ve             None
                     TB Gold test
                                     +ve             Assess in conjunction       Follow public health guidelines*
                                                     with questionnaire -
                                                     may suggest follow up
                                                     with chest x-ray

      Year 1         Pertussis       Vaccination     There is no reliable test   If exposed, non-immune contacts are
                                     date            for Petussis immunity       very likely to become infected after
                                                     so evidence of              exposure to patients with the disease
                                                     vaccination less than 4     and then pose risks to vulnerable
                                                     years ago is required.      patients. These students risk being
                                                                                 stood down after such exposures, with
                                                                                 consequent significant disruption to
                                                                                 clinical attachment schedules.

     *Public health guidelines:

     Other immunisations highly recommended
      Target          Vaccination                  Record on        Further action            Comment
      Group                                        ISR*
      All students    Seasonal Influenza           Not              Vaccination highly        Recommended annually
      annually                                     applicable       recommended               to protect themselves
                                                                                              and patients and reduce
                                                                                              community spread

      All students    Diphtheria                   Not              Vaccination highly        Most students will have
                      Polio                        applicable       recommended               completed vaccination
                                                                                              in childhood. Booster
                      Tetanus                                                                 recommended around
                                                                                              age 20.

      All students    Meningococcal C              Not              Vaccination               Particularly recommended
                                                   applicable       recommended               for those living in hostel

      Females         HPV                          Not              Highly recommended        Many students will have
                                                   applicable       for young women           completed vaccination

      At-risk         BCG                          Not
      students        Haemophilus influenzae B     applicable
                      Pneumococcal vaccine
                      Polyvalent Meningococcal
                      Hepatitis A
                      Yellow Fever

     FMHS will cover charges only for tests ordered through the University Health Service at programme entry.
     Any further vaccinations/immunisations incurred will be at students own cost.

Assessment guidelines
Introduction                                         Assessment of your learning in clinical settings will
                                                     involve a variety of assessment methods including
The principles which guide assessment are are as     case review, assessment of competency standards
follows:                                             in addition to verbal and written presentations.
                                                     Students and clinical staff together with Faculty
• Assessment measures student achievement of
                                                     staff will contribute to assessment.
  learning outcomes.
                                                     Assessment of your learning in theoretical
• Assessment is an integral part of the learning     components will include examinations,
  process.                                           assignments, and written and verbal presentations.
• Assessment must help the student to become         Assessors will include students, peers, Faculty staff
  an independent learner.                            and other experts.

• Assessment records student attainment.             Passing individual courses
• Assessment is monitored to ensure that it is       For each course, the marks you gain from
  valid, reliable and appropriately facilitating     coursework assignments, practical tests, mid-
  student learning.                                  semester tests and final examinations are added
                                                     together to give a total mark which is converted
• Assessment methods, as far as possible, reflect
                                                     into a grade. Pass grades are A+, A, A-, B+, B,
  professional nursing practice.
                                                     B-, C+, C, and C-. Fail grades are D+, D or D-.
Assessment throughout the courses is used            In converting marks into grades the pass/fail
to assist your learning, to provide you and          boundary is set at 50% (i.e., 50% becomes C-),
the community with evidence of your level of         but individual departments may differ slightly in
achievement and to promote your autonomy as a        how they calculate grades above C-.
university student.
                                                      Students must achieve a pass in all
Learning is enhanced when you receive frequent
                                                      clinical practice assessments. A majority
feedback on your performance and an indication of
                                                      of assessments within the BNurs are a
your strengths and weaknesses. Regular formative
                                                      combination of practice and theory.
assessment encourages you to reflect on your
success in achieving learning outcomes and to        At the end of each semester a Committee of
focus on areas requiring further work. Summative     Examiners discusses marginal failures (D+) and
assessment measures your success in achieving        clinical fails.
learning outcomes and reports them in ways that
are meaningful to you and to the wider community.
As professional nurses, graduates must be able
to evaluate their own performance and that of
colleagues in a realistic and constructive manner.
The use of self and peer assessment will be
developed throughout the course.

Grading (nursing papers only)                           two courses. Failure of the repeated course for
     Recommended guidelines for grades are:                  part one will normally result in exclusion from
                                                             the programme.
     A+ 90-100            C+ 60-64
                                                             If the student has passed all theoretical
     A 85-89              C 55-59
                                                             assessments, but failed to meet the requirements
     A- 80-84             C- 50-54                           for nursing clinical practice, the examiners MAY
     B+ 75-79             D+ 45-49 (marginal fail)           defer results for this course and allow the student
     B 70-74              D 40-44 (clear fail)               to be re-examined during the semester break.
                                                             Failure to satisfy the examiners in these components
     B- 65-69             D- 0-39 (serious fail)
                                                             requires the student to repeat the course.
     Exchange of information regarding                       Conceded passes may be awarded by a meeting
     student progress through the semester                   of the Committee of Examiners, provided that the
                                                             Dean has the power to award where such power is
     The Bachelor of Nursing is an integrated and
                                                             authorised by the Examiners, in accordance with
     comprehensive programme which includes
                                                             the following provisions:
     a number of first year courses offered from
     departments other than the School of Nursing.           1.    that by award of a conceded pass the student
                                                                   will complete that part
     The marks gained from coursework, assignments,
     and tests will be provided to the programme             and
     director from the other courses. These marks will       2.    a maximum of 30 points in the part be
     be used only to advise and assist students and the            conceded
     receipt of these progress results will not adversely    and
     impact on progression in the Bachelor of Nursing
     programme.                                              3.    that to be eligible for the award of a
                                                                   conceded pass the student must have
                                                                   achieved a grade of D+ in that course (or
     Passing the year as a whole
                                                                   courses) and an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
     In the University at large, courses are the units             in the Part. Where a candidate has a fail grade
     of study, which are passed or failed. Students                of D or D+ in a course (or courses) and the
     accumulate points gained semester by semester                 Examiners deem that the failure(s) may be
     until they have enough (for example, 360) to                  redeemable by satisfactory completion of
     qualify for a bachelor’s degree. This will take three         additional work then a pass in that part may
     years if students pass all their courses at the first         be awarded under the following provisions:
     attempt or longer if they do not.
                                                                   a.    that the award of a grade for that
     The Bachelor of Nursing degree is slightly                          course (or courses) be deferred until a
     different. Here you must normally pass each                         prescribed course of additional study
     part of the degree as a whole before progressing                    and/or examination be completed to
     to the next part. To pass a part you must gain at                   the satisfaction of the Examiners
     least 120 points.
     Part One                                                      b.    deferred results be limited to a
                                                                         maximum of 30 points in any part
     Where a student does not pass all part one papers,
     there are three possible outcomes:                            and
     Students must normally pass all courses                       c.    that to be eligible for a deferred result a
     before proceeding to part two. In exceptional                       student must achieve an overall GPA of
     circumstances a student MAY, where the failure is                   2.5 or better
     marginal (D+) and up to 30 points, be allowed to              and
     enroll in the failed courses, in addition to the part

d.    that the reassessed grade in that course      You may apply for an Aegrotat Pass (in the case
           (or courses) be no greater than a grade       of illness) or a Compassionate Consideration
           of C+.                                        (exceptional circumstances) online following
                                                         the directions on the University website. The
Parts Two and Three                                      application must be made within one week of the
• Where a student does not pass all Part Two and
  Part Three courses the student will be deemed          Apply for an aegrotat pass:
  to have failed the part and must repeat the failed
  course.                                                A Medical Certificate or other evidence will be
                                                         required, and it must relate to the actual day(s) of
• No student may enroll in NURSING 302 until
                                                         the examination(s) affected. For advice, you can
  all other courses have been satisfactorily
• Failure of a repeat year will result in exclusion      Examinations Office
  from the course.                                       Phone: 09 923 7557
 The notes above supplement information in
 the University Calendar, (the Examination               Student Health and Counselling Service
 Regulations and the BNurs Regulations).                 Phone: 09 923 7681
 Note that the Calendar contains the definitive
 regulations.                                            If your evidence meets the criteria, your application
                                                         is considered on the basis of your previous
                                                         academic performance in the course.
Notification of results
                                                         Your work needs to be well above the minimum
Results from assessment points will be posted on
                                                         pass standard (normally a C+ or better) in all
CANVAS. Return of assessed work is through the
                                                         coursework. The Examiners will assess whether
BNurs programme administrator.
                                                         your examination mark is lower than expected.
                                                         They will pay particular attention to your grades in
Procedure when illness affects
                                                         written tests as these are held under examination
performance in exams; test and
                                                         conditions, but will also consider other
coursework requirements
                                                         coursework. Therefore it is important that you are
The University is sympathetic towards students           conscientious in your approach to in-course tests
whose performance in examinations is affected            and assignments.
by illness or other exceptional or unforeseen
                                                         Aegrotat or Compassionate Passes are not
difficulties, especially if their previous results are
                                                         available for clinical assessment and where a
of a high standard. The procedure to be followed
                                                         student is prevented from undertaking a final
varies according to whether the exam is a major
                                                         clinical assessment it may be possible to arrange
end-of-semester examination, or an in-course
                                                         an alternative assessment time.
test, including such as a mid-semester test or
assignment. The following notes are a guide; you         2. When illness or other exceptional
should check with staff responsible for a particular     circumstances prevent you from sitting an
course, or with the Bachelor of Nursing Director.        in-course test, or impairs your performance
                                                         during the test, or prevents you from handing
1. When illness or other exceptional
                                                         in an assignment on time, or prevents you from
circumstances prevent you from sitting a major
                                                         completing a clinical assessment.
examination, or impairs your performance
during the exam.                                         See the staff member responsible for the course.

3. When illness or misfortune affects your study           Email:
     prior to examinations, tests, or coursework                Phone: 09 373 7599 (ext. 88850)
     The Aegrotat and Compassionate Consideration               If you receive feedback from a lecturer suggesting
     regulations also apply to students whose study has         you contact the SLS for assignment writing
     been seriously affected within the fortnight before        support, you will be expected to follow this advice.
     The requirements for a successful application              Students in difficulty
     are stringent, and students must have seen a               It is recognised that students have complex lives
     doctor (aegrotat) or counsellor (compassionate)            and at times have problems meeting course
     so that the degree of impairment can be properly           requirements. If students are experiencing
     assessed.                                                  difficulties, they are encouraged to talk to their
     In all situations involving illness, accidents or family   course coordinator as soon as possible.
     circumstances where your work may be affected,
                                                                FMHS Student Support Advisor
     you are encouraged to talk with the Bachelor of
     Nursing director.                                          Daniel Heke
                                                                FMHS Student Centre
     Student attendance                                         Email:
                                                                Phone: 9237021
     Each course comprises a series of planned learning
     experiences plus assessments. Although attending           MAPAS Student Support Advisor
     lectures and seminars is not compulsory, students
                                                                Margaret Moala
     are expected to attend all classes to foster a co-
                                                                Building 532, 93 Grafton Road
     operative and collaborative learning environment.
     If a student ceases to attend lectures, complete
                                                                Phone: 9233657
     assignments or sit examinations without formally
     withdrawing, a fail grade will be recorded on their
     academic record.
                                                                Dates and times for examinations are set by
     To meet Nursing Council of New Zealand
                                                                the University and occur during the 2-3 weeks
     requirements, students must have completed
                                                                after lectures finish. Details of each examination
     a minimum of 1,100 hours in the clinical
                                                                are available on the University Examination
     environment prior to registration.
                                                                website. The information pamphlet “Examination
                                                                Instructions and Regulations" is available online
     Student Learning Services
                                                                and contains information on:
     The University of Auckland Student Learning
     Services (SLS) focuses on supporting students with         • Aegrotat and compassionate consideration
     assessments, in particular assignment writing. This
                                                                • Missed examinations.
     service is designed to help students who may be
     having difficulty in this area. However, the Centre        • Out of time examinations
     staff will not help students write the assignment
     but assist them to understand the assignment               • Special requirements.
     requirements for a particular course.
     To make an appointment, contact:
     Student Learning Services
     City campus
     Level 3, Kate Edger Information Commons

Plagiarism & intellectual dishonesty                     Assignment guidelines for
The University has very strict guidelines that
are designed to prevent students gaining an
                                                         nursing courses (including
unfair advantage by copying all or part of the           referencing)
work of others, by allowing all or part of your
                                                         For comprehensive information on layout and
own work to be copied, or by collaborating
                                                         formatting for nursing assignments please refer to
together in preparing all or part of an assignment.
                                                         Formatting Guidelines for Written Assignments on
In any thesis, dissertation, report or project,
unacknowledged copying or plagiarism is not
acceptable and is treated as an examination              Please check the assignment guidelines and
offence. The University mandates penalties for all       requirements for your other courses with the
of the parties involved ranging from cancellation of     relevant department. Assignment presentation and
any marks for the test or assignment concerned,          referencing style requirements may be different.
to possible exclusion from attendance at lectures
and tutorials, and even to failure in the paper and      Referencing:
suspension from the University. See Calendar for         All information used to support the assessment
full details. The students can discuss assignments       work must be referenced. Appropriate sources of
with each other but once you sit down to actually        information include:
prepare, write and format your individual
                                                         • Government websites or published information
assignments, you must do this on your own.
Plagiarism means using the work of others in             • Textbooks
preparing an assignment and presenting it as your        • Articles from national or international health
own without explicitly acknowledging or referencing        related journals
where it came from. Plagiarism can also mean not
acknowledging the full extent of indebtedness to a       Inappropriate sources include anonymous
source. Work can be plagiarised from many sources        pamphlets and unsubstantiated websites. The
including books, articles, the internet, and other       School of Nursing uses the APA referencing
students’ assignments. Plagiarism can also occur         format. The Publication Manual of the American
unconsciously or inadvertently.                          Psychological Association (latest edition) can
                                                         be accessed in the Philson Library or on the APA
Note: Plagiarising is taking and using another
                                                         website at:
person’s words, writings, drawing, paintings or
music and presenting them as if they were your           Tutorials and information are also available at
own. In the fields of both art and science, original     the Student Learning Centre (City and Grafton
ideas are valued very highly, so the act of presenting   Campuses).
someone else’s work as your own is theft.                Acknowledgement of sources is an important
Students are required to submit assignments              aspect of academic writing. The University’s
electronically through “Turnitin”, a programme           Referen©ite website
designed to identify material quoted from other          provides students with a one-stop online resource
sources. Students who fail to appropriately              for academic referencing needs.
acknowledge other authors work will be considered        Referen©ite explains the essential of referencing and
guilty of plagiarism. Each case will be considered       how to avoid plagiarism. It also includes practical
individually and options include referral to             tools to help students reference correctly use
the Discipline Committee of The University of            references effectively in writing, and gives fast access
Auckland:                                                to some major reference formats with examples.                     Assignments not submitted by the due date
                                                         and time will incur a 5% of the total mark late
                                                         penalty and an additional 5% per day late
                                                         (including weekends).
Resolving problems
     Difficulties with a particular                          When the whole class has
     topic                                                   difficulties
     Take the following steps:                               1.   Form a group and explain the problem to
     1.   First, ask your classmates for help. Do not             the lecturer. Ask for whatever help you
          hesitate; they will feel privileged to be asked,        need, e.g., another explanation at a slower
          just as you would be.                                   pace, a tutorial on the topic, a textbook
                                                                  recommendation, an extra handout, a set of
     2.   Ask the lecturer concerned. University
                                                                  written objectives, etc.
          staff are able to provide a certain amount
          of individual help to students; many staff         2.   Discuss issues with your class representatives.
          are surprised at how seldom this request is        3.   If problems continue, a group including the
          made. If you feel intimidated by the lecturer,          class rep(s) should make an appointment to
          find a few classmates who would like help               see Lisa Stewart, BNurs Management Director
          with the same topic and go as a small group.            (see pg. 26).
     If steps 1 and 2 have not solved the problem,
     please make an appointment to see Lisa Stewart,         Student Liaison Committee
     BNurs Management Director (see pg. 26).
                                                             The purpose of this committee is to provide
                                                             current students within the undergraduate nursing
     Difficulties with study in                              programmes the opportunity to participate and
     general or the course overall                           provide formal feedback on potential course
                                                             and programme curriculum changes and to give
     1.   Speak to the counsellors at the Student            general academic and curriculum based feedback
          Health Service or seek help from the Student       regarding the undergraduate nursing programmes.
          Learning Centre. Further information will be
                                                             Membership includes the class representatives,
          handed out at orientation.
                                                             education representatives from Nurses of
     2.   If this does not resolve the problem, make         Auckland Student Association, conjoint
          an appointment with Lisa Stewart, BNurs            students' representative, international students'
          Management Director.                               representative and the Programme Director(s).

Fitness to practice
and fitness to registration
Nursing Council                                        Ƹ Ethics and law

requirements for registration                          Ƹ Research and evidence-based practice

as a Comprehensive Nurse                               Ƹ Organisational, supervisory skills and
The Nursing Council requirements for registration
as a Comprehensive Nurse are that before               Ƹ Information technology
presenting candidates for the State Examination,     Clinical experience which includes nursing related
the governing body of the Institute offering the     to community health nursing, maternal and infant
programme should ensure that each candidate for      health nursing, medical nursing, surgical nursing,
registration has achieved the following minimum      mental health nursing, disability, rehabilitation and
requirements:                                        continuing care.
• 1,100 hours of clinical practice
• Clinical experience proportionally structured to   Clinical competence
  theoretical content                                Every comprehensive nursing student shall be
• A body of content specific to New Zealand which    required to reach a satisfactory standard of clinical
  includes:                                          competence.

  Ƹ The articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
                                                     Permission to sit for the
  Ƹ Cultural safety
                                                     State Examination
  Ƹ Māori Health
                                                     Every School of Nursing shall, in respect of every
  Ƹ Professional Nursing Practice                    student who has applied to sit for the State
                                                     Examination, provide the Council with:
  Ƹ Bioscience, social and behavioural
    science                                          • A record of the student’s theoretical
                                                       achievement throughout the programme and
  Ƹ Health systems and policy
                                                       evidence of reaching a sufficient standard.
  Ƹ Nursing assessment and nursing
    practice decision making                         • An assessment of the student’s clinical
                                                       competence throughout the nursing programme.
  Ƹ Therapeutic communication skills
                                                     • A confidential report on each applicant as being
  Ƹ Pharmacology
                                                       fit and proper for registration, provided by the
  Ƹ Pathophysiology, genetics and disease 		           senior nurse of the school of nursing.
                                                     The Nursing Council shall consider the matters
  Ƹ Health promotion                                 set out above in determining whether or not an

applicant may be permitted to sit for the State
     examination for Comprehensive Nurses. If the
                                                           Fitness to Practise
     senior nurse is not prepared to recommend             Requirements
     the applicant, they will not have met legal           In order to complete the requirements for this
     requirements and will not be eligible to write the    degree, a student must meet the applicable fitness
     State examination.                                    to practise requirements for this programme,
                                                           as outlined in the Faculty of Medical and Health
     The University of Auckland                            Sciences’ Fitness to Practise Policy.

     requirements to meet these                            Where a student is being investigated with regard
                                                           to a fitness to practise matter under the policy, and
     regulations                                           there is a concern that the student’s attitudes or
     Regular attendance in all areas of the programme.     behaviour are inappropriate, offensive, disruptive,
     Student absence may mean that:                        or may pose a risk of harm to the welfare of any
                                                           party, that student’s attendance at lectures,
          a.    the hours required to sit the
                                                           classes and any clinical, industry or practise
                examination for registration as a
                                                           attachments may be suspended by the Deputy
                Comprehensive Nurse are not attained
                                                           Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
          b.    the requirements of the Bachelor of        pending the outcome of the investigation.
                Nursing programme are not met.
                                                           If a student is found, after due and fair inquiry,
     In either case the student may be required to         and taking into account any written response from
     complete further experience to meet a minimum         the student, to be not fit to practise, the student’s
     requirement.                                          enrolment in the programme may be suspended or
                                                           terminated in accordance with the policy.
     Professional standards                                Where a student’s enrolment in the programme
     of behaviour                                          has been terminated under Regulation 8c, any
                                                           application to re-enrol may be declined.
     Every student is required to meet the standards       A student whose enrolment is suspended
     of behaviour expected of members of the nursing       or terminated under Regulation 8c or their
     profession. Teachers assist students to achieve       application to re-enrol declined under Regulation
     this.                                                 8d may apply to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
     Achievement of the standards expected for             (Academic) for the appeal of that decision in
     theoretical knowledge and clinical nursing practice   accordance with the policy.
     are also required.

General information
Lockers                                                Library
Lockers are available on Grafton Campus,               The Philson Library (the Medical and Health
downstairs by the Robb Lecture Theatre and on          Sciences Library) holds books, journals and
the ground floor, beside the Student Lounge. Put       other materials covering all aspects of medicine,
your own padlock on a locker then register it at the   along with relevant catalogues and indexes
FMHS Student Centre.                                   (computerised, microfiche and course formats).
                                                       Copies of recommended textbooks are held as
Notices                                                desk copies for short-term loan, within the library
                                                       and overnight.
Relevant notices will be posted on Canvas or sent      Card operated photocopiers are available; a
to your University of Auckland email address.          discounted rate is given to students.
Please check these regularly.
                                                       Philson Library skills programme
Staff/student forum                                    Tuition in information retrieval and the literature
                                                       of medicine is given by the Readers’ Services
Each programme at the University provides              Librarians, in association with assignments
opportunities for students to discuss issues of        throughout the Nursing course.
concern, make suggestions for improvement and
                                                       For Nursing, an orientation session is given early in
contribute to course and policy development. The
                                                       Semester One. Following this, you will need to sign
nursing class will be asked to nominate a group of
                                                       up with the Library for a session on using the online
students to represent them.
                                                       catalogue (VOYAGER). Early in Semester Two, we
                                                       will arrange for you to have a session on library
                                                       databases such as CINAHL (for nursing topics) and
                                                       The University of Auckland Library comprises 15
                                                       separate libraries, including the Philson. Students
                                                       may use all of these libraries, in person, or via the
                                                       inter-campus document delivery service.
                                                       The libraries which hold material of particular
                                                       interest to nursing students are:

                                                       Science Library, City Campus
                                                       Computing and Information Sciences, Chemistry,
                                                       Physics, Mathematics, Statistics

                                                       Biological Sciences Library, City Campus
                                                       All aspects of the biological sciences

General Library, City Campus                            3.   University of Auckland School of Nursing
     Arts, Commerce, Social Sciences, including                   Prize
     psychology and history of science                            The Prize will be given annually to the final
                                                                  year student who has achieved the highest
     Tāmaki Library, Tāmaki Campus                                academic performance throughout the
     All subjects taught at Tāmaki, including sports              Bachelor of Nursing programme.
     medicine and physiology.
                                                             4.   Elizabeth Michael Uniforms Prize
                                                                  The prize will be made annually to the
     This is the library’s computerised catalogue,
                                                                  final year student who has demonstrated
     records the books and journals held by all the
                                                                  exceptional leadership qualities and peer
                                                                  support throughout the Bachelor of Nursing
     Document Delivery                                            programme, as voted by the completing
     Students may request delivery to their home library          class.
     of a book held in any library, or a photocopy of an
     article from a journal. There is no charge for a book   5.   The Dean’s Medal
     loan; photocopied articles cost $2.00.                       This prize is awarded to a final year student
     Guides                                                       who, in the Dean’s opinion, has made an
                                                                  outstanding contribution to the academic
     Guides to the collection and services are available
                                                                  development of the Faculty during their time
     in each library and are on LEARN. Most libraries
                                                                  as a student.
     advertise orientation tours at the beginning of each
     semester.                                               6.   Te Ākonga Matua (Head of School)
                                                                  Distinguished MAPAS Student Prize
     Prizes and scholarships                                      The main purpose of the prize is to
                                                                  acknowledge and reward the two MAPAS
     If you are a member of the New Zealand Nurse’s
                                                                  students enrolled in the final year of a
     Organisation, a small selection of awards are
                                                                  Bachelor of Nursing who have demonstrated
     available to help with your studies. To contact the
                                                                  the most distinguished performance
     regional office, phone (09) 377 4946.
                                                                  throughout the programme.
     1.   Wolters Kluwer Prize
          The Prize will be made annually to the final       Summer Research
          year student who has achieved the highest
          academic and clinical practice performance
          throughout the Bachelor of Nursing                 Summer Research Scholarships provide an
          programme.                                         opportunity for students to gain experience
                                                             working on specific research projects in a research
     2.   ADHB Director of Nursing Prize                     team supervised by a qualified researcher for 10
          The prize will be awarded annually to the final    weeks over the summer holidays. Undergraduate
          year student who has the most distinguished        students at the University of Auckland may apply
          clinical practice within the Bachelor of           for these studentships which carry a tax-free
          Nursing programme, culminating in an               stipend of $6,000. Project outlines are available
          excellent performance during the final clinical    around the beginning of Semester Two from the
          semester.                                          Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Students
                                                             apply for a scholarship on a specific project in
                                                             conjunction with the supervisor for that project.

School of Nursing contacts
Physical location                                        Postal address
School of Nursing                                        School of Nursing
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences                   Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
The University of Auckland                               The University of Auckland
Grafton Campus.                                          Privatee Bag 92019
Level 2 (reception), Building 505                        Auckland 1142
85 Park Road, Grafton                                    New Zealand

Key Staff
The following is a list of key people involved in your course.
You may also need to contact individual lecturers or support staff at times.

Contact Sarah and Natalie for all administrative         Please contact Lisa or Julia for any issues with your
matters, such as enrolment queries, letters,             overall planned course of study, academic matters,
making appointments.                                     any year one concerns such as leave, absence from
                                                         class or examinations, learning issues.
Sarah Dayal
Undergraduate Coordinator                                Lisa Stewart
Phone: +64 9 923 4763                                    Associate Head of School, Undergraduate
E-mail:                           Phone: +64 9 923 5346
Natalie Roffey
Groups Services Administrator                            Head of School of Nursing
Phone: +64 9 923 3393
                                                         Dr Julia Slark
                                                         Head, School of Nursing
                                                         Phone: +64 9 923 2897

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     Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
     The University of Auckland
     Private Bag 92019
     Auckland 1142
     New Zealand
     Phone: +64 9 923 2404

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