NURSING 3007 - Nursing in an International Context

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 including nursing roles and regulation
    2 Identify the role of the World Health Organisation and other Non Government Organisations in developing and developed nations
    3 Identify Non-Communicable Disease and Health Impacts (Australian & International perspective)
    4 Identify the future of health, nurse migration and medical tourism
    5 Consider emerging and resistant diseases (Australian and International perspective)
    6 Evaluate the impact of conflict and pandemics in poor health outcomes
    7 Identify the role of poverty and disadvantaged populations in causing illness
    8 Understand the Health Consequences of Natural Disasters
    9 Consider Human Instigated Disasters and the Impact on Global Disease and the Environment

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    2, 4,

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3, 5, 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 2, 8

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    1, 3, 7

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    4, 6

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    3, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    This book is a recommended resource and is a recommended resource for Leadership & Transition to Practice Course in Semester Two also.

    Hodge, A., Varndell, W., & West, R. (2018). Professional Transitions in Nursing: A Guide to Practice in the Australian Healthcare System (1st ed.). Routledge.
    Online Learning
    Learning in this course will be supported through articles and publications that will be provided in the course readings section of the course.
  • 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.

    The first one focuses on working overseas as an RN and what this may involve.

    The second one on getting your first TPPP nursing position in Australia and curriculum vitae development

    The third one focuses on working as a volunteer overseas as well as how to prepare for a TPPP interview.

    There is also a Career's Day either face to face or via Zoom (Covid-19 dependent in 2021) that is linked to this course and is held in June which includes additional 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 end of their second year of their program so that information is available all the time for career development in third year.

    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
    Assessment Task Task Type Word Count
    Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online Quiz Formative

    Equivalent 250

    0% 1
    Online Quizzes Summative Equivalent 1000 30% 1 - 9
    Essay Summative 1000 Words 40% 4 & 5
    Group Presentation Summative Equivalent 1500 30% 1, 2, 5 & 6
    Assessment Detail
    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 1: Online Quizzes
    The online quizzes pertains to the content presented in all weeks, 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) attemptNote: Each quizzes close within 48 hours of their due date and 0% will be awarded at that stage for non-completion, unless you have a valid extension request submitted as per the assessments policy.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Written Report 
    You are required to complete a 1000 word paper.In this report you will consider nursing migration OR medical tourism and the impact that has on the healthcare system.

    Part One: Working in randomly allocated groups, you are required to create a 10 minute presentation + 5 minutes for questions from a choice of topics which come from information provided in the first 4 weeks of classes:

    Part Two:
    For part two of the group work you will undertake an individual 300 word reflection on the topic and process of working in a group as well as peer evaluation of your group. . This will form 10% of the overall 30% each student is individually allocated.

    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 2020 showed that students really enjoyed the three face to face optional tutorials , although these needed to be done via zoom in 2020 due to Covid-19.  The curriculum vitae and interview preparedness for your first nursing position in Australia was positively received again as continues annually and this was held earlier in the semester this time and will continue again to be early in the semester.

    The additon of the "Welcome to your future" Canvas Course allowed students to ask questions and get updated job availabilities and tips and was positively reviewed. 
    The use of online quizzes was increased to six weekly quizzes instead of fortnightly quizzes and will continue in this format for 2021.
    Although this is an online course, students stated that they would like the addition of optional sessions to the current three and so in 2021 I will offer additional and optional zoom sessions for students to attend to discuss the weekly content.
  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
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