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Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL | Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.
From 2023, UCOL | Te Pūkenga and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL | Te Pūkenga in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.
This programme consists of 360 credits. The courses include:
Society And Health in Aotearoa/New Zealand (15 Credits)
Develop knowledge of the nature of health across the lifespan in Aotearoa/New Zealand and its relevance to nursing practice.
Professional Nursing: An Introduction (15 Credits)
An introduction to nursing, the associated knowledge base and the cultural safety framework for nursing practice.
Bioscience for Health Professionals (25 Credits)
Gain foundation knowledge of the normal form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the human body and an understanding of the basic scientific components and concepts that underpin this.
Fundamental Skills for Nursing (25 Credits)
Develop a range of fundamental clinical practice skills required for safe and effective nursing practice.
Communication and Education for Professional Practice (20 Credits)
Develop skills and knowledge required for effective therapeutic communication and health teaching.
Clinical Practice (Introduction) (20 Credits, 160 hours of practical experience)
Integrate theoretical and clinical learning within a practice setting at a novice level.
Aotearoa/New Zealand Health Care System and Professional Practice (20 Credits)
Develop knowledge and understanding of the Aotearoa/ New Zealand health care system, the professional, ethical, legal and cultural safety responsibilities of Registered Nurses (RN’s) and the relationship to health outcomes.
Nursing Science and Practice Skills (35 Credits)
Develop knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology in relation to specific body systems and their application to nursing assessment and patient care. To further develop basic nursing skills that were taught in 513, and develop a range of clinical skills required by an advanced beginner nursing student to enhance effective nursing practice.
Person-centred Care: The Mental Health Context (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of specific nursing skills necessary for the delivery of competent management of care. Assess and provide appropriate interventions for individuals and their whanau experiencing mental illness and distress.
Clinical Practice (Medical/Surgical) (25 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)
Integrate theoretical and clinical learning within a medical/surgical practice setting at an advanced beginner level.
Clinical Practice (Mental Health) (25 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)
Integrate theoretical and clinical learning within a mental health practice setting at an advanced beginner level.
Primary Health Care (15 Credits)
Gain a deeper understanding of primary health care context and primary health care nursing across the lifespan.
Preparing for Registration: Promoting Practice Improvement and Lifelong Learning (15 Credits)
Prepare for your role as a new graduate registered nurse through the integration of theory and evidence-based practice, demonstrating an understanding of the potential professional and research-related contributions in contemporary nursing practice.
People with Acute and/or Complex Care Needs: A Partnership Approach (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of the needs of patients/clients who require acute and/or complex care.
Chronic Conditions and Person-centred Care (15 Credits)
Develop an understanding of people with long-term health conditions and their personal experiences of their healthcare journey.
Clinical Practice (Primary Health Care) (24 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)
Integrate theoretical and clinical learning within a primary health care setting at a competent level.
Clinical Practice (Transition) (36 Credits, 360 hours of practical experience)
Integrate theoretical and clinical learning within a health care setting at a maintenance of competence level.