NURSING 3007 - Nursing in an International Context

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Nursing in an international context adds a global perspective to the Bachelor of Nursing program. A range of social and health considerations such as poverty, emerging and resistant diseases, refugee health and access to fundamental provisions such as water and food are considered. The global response to health care by the WHO and other NGOs is also examined. The role of the nurse in the international health care community is explored and opportunities for reflection and debate about future health care goals are given. There are 3 optional face to face sessions offered throughout the course which relate to working abroad and careers development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 3007
    Course Nursing in an International Context
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only
    Course Description Nursing in an international context adds a global perspective to the Bachelor of Nursing program. A range of social and health considerations such as poverty, emerging and resistant diseases, refugee health and access to fundamental provisions such as water and food are considered. The global response to health care by the WHO and other NGOs is also examined. The role of the nurse in the international health care community is explored and opportunities for reflection and debate about future health care goals are given. There are 3 optional face to face sessions offered throughout the course which relate to working abroad and careers development.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Melissa Arnold-Ujvari

    Melissa Arnold-Chamney 
    Adelaide Nursing School
    Level 4 AHMS
    The University of Adelaide
    AUSTRALIA 5005
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3643

    School contact:
    Phone: +61 8313 3595

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Online Course semester one with three optional face to face sessions spaced throughout the semester.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course you will be able to;

    1. Characterise nursing in an international context

    2. Identify the role of the World Health Organisation and other Non Government Organisations in developing nations

    3. Apply the principles of epidemiology to global health threats

    4. Consider health statistics and health informatics

    5. Identify the role of poverty in causing illness

    6. Identify emerging and resistant diseases  

    7. Consider the future of health, nursing migration and medical tourism 

    8. Evaluate the impact of conflict and panemics in poor health outcomes

    9. Describe the impact of water and sanitation on health outcomes 

    10. Consider climate change, tropical diseases and planning for health

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 4, 7, 10
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    4, 8, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 10,
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 3, 5, 6,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2,7,10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No prescribed text is required for this course.
    Readings will be provided by the course co-ordinator within canvas that students will use to guide their learning.
    Online Learning
    Learning in this course will be supported through articles and publications.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Online lectures through MyUni: There will be online lectures or podcasts for each week.
    These will be supported by three optional face to face tutorials throughout the course. The tutorials will each focus on a different area. One  focuses on working overseas as an RN and what this may involve, another focuses on getting your first TPPP nursing position in Australia and curriculum vitae development and the last tutorial focuses working as a volunteer overseas. There is also a Career's Day that is linked to this course that is held in June which includes interview techniques and presentations from SA Health and Private Hospitals regarding TPPP positions. Access to a "Welcome to your Future" Course is also available from the beginning of the students final eyar of the program so that information is available all the time for career development.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    It is expected that you will need to spend about 12 hours of study a week to successfully complete this course. This includes listening to the lectures or podcasts, reading, completing activities and completing assessments. Thus some weeks it will be more and others less. It is recommended that you plan your time commitment to the course at the beginning of the semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    • Introduction to nursing in an International Context
    • Nursing roles and regulation in an International Context.
    • Emerging diseases
    • Public health issues
    • Poverty and disadvantaged populations
    • The role of WHO and NGOs in developing nations
    • The developing nations and disease
    • The impact of conflict on health 
    • The health consequences of natural disasters
    • Non communicable disease and health impacts
    • Humans and the impact on global disease
    • Universal Law (Human rights and humanitarian law)
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Item Weighting Word count Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    1. Online quiz formative 250 equivalent 1
    2. Online Quizzes x 6  30% 1000 equivalent 1-10
    3. Report 40% 1,500 words 7
    4. Group Presentation   30% 1,000 words 1, 2, 5 & 6
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Formative Online Quiz. 
    This online formative assessment will consist of a series of questions pertaining to the content as is presented in week 1 of the study guide; the questions are either multiple choice or true/false. This opportunity will expose you to the learning and teaching methodology that is used in an online course and will enable them to better plan their study commitments.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Online Quizzes x 3. 
    The three online quizzes pertains to the content presented in weeks (1-2, 3-5 & 6-8) so reference to the weekly readings and activities will be useful. The online quizzes will be accessed through Canvas. For each online quiz, you are permitted only one (1) attempt

    ASSESSMENT 3: Fact Sheet. 
    You are required to create a 1500 word fact sheet from a choice of four topics:
    1. Consider nursing regulation and provide an overview of this in relation to Australia and an international country of your choice.
    2. Describe the role nursing plays in WHO / NGO in an international country of your choice
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of culture on nursing roles in either Australia or an international country of your choice.
    4. Identify an emerging disease in either Australia or an international country and explain the nursing role for this (public health, education, and immunisation).

    ASSESSMENT 4: Report. 
    You are required to complete a 1500 word paper.
    In this essay, you will compare and contrast nursing in Australia and the Australian healthcare system with what you have discovered about nursing in an international context and other international healthcare systems.
    Thus, you are required to write an essay on the following topic;
    “Compare and contrast aspects of nursing in an Australian healthcare system to nursing and healthcare systems in either a developing or a developed nation. Discuss the major challenges faced by nursing in that country.”
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. 

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.

    See the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    The eSELT from 2019 showed that students really enjoyed the three face to face optional tutorials, hearing about challenges of working in war torn areas first hand was extremely positively evaluated. The curriculum vitae and interview preparedness for your first nursing position in Australia was positively received and feedback from 2018 stduents had suggested providing this earlier in the semester would be better and this occurred in the 2019 running of the course and was positively evaluated. As was the development of the "Welcome to your future" Canvas Course that allowed students to ask questions and get updated job availabilities and tips. This will continue for the 2020 cohort and be available from Janaury 2020 for them.
    The use of online quizzes was decreased to three quizzes and these were undertaken at times spaced across the course and this was positively evaluated and will continue in this format for 2020.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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