NURS 7040 Perspectives on Nursing

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400774

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Description This unit addresses the origins and development of nursing knowledge. A major focus is the development and progress of the discipline of nursing. It includes an in-depth exploration of the history and philosophy of nursing science, including epistemology and strategies for theory generation in nursing. The impact of borrowed perspectives on research, theory and practice in the discipline of nursing is also explored. The unit also addresses the development of theoretical perspectives in nursing, including areas of controversy in the discipline. Numerous perspectives on the relationship between nursing theory, research and practice are considered. A major emphasis in the unit is development of knowledge and understanding of the link between nursing theory, research, practice and related issues.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Equivalent Subjects LGYA 7149 - Nursing Knowledge Concepts Models and Theories

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Outline ways in which nursing knowledge has developed
  2. Identify relationships between world views and approaches to generation of knowledge in nursing
  3. Discuss a number of the philosophical issues that impinge on nursing knowledge
  4. Identify issues related to a range of epistemological issues in nursing knowledge
  5. Describe a range of approaches to research and theory development in nursing
  6. Discuss the contribution of borrowed perspectives to the evolution of nursing knowledge
  7. Describe philosophical underpinnings of extant nursing models and theories
  8. Describe elements that comprise theories and conceptual models of nursing
  9. Demonstrate a capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of major extant nursing models and theories using established criteria
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of nursing phenomena and development of nursing concepts
  11. Demonstrate a knowledge of the influence of inductive and deductive reasoning on the construction and development of nursing theories and conceptual models
  12. Discuss critical issues related to the use of nursing models and theories in nursing practice and research

Subject Content

Evolution of the discipline of nursing
Generating theory from practice
Human science and nursing
Inductive approaches to theory development
Nursing epistemology
Nursing development unit model
Paradigmatic perspectives in nursing
Philosophy and nursing
Reflective practice
Social science and nursing epistemology
Analysis and evaluation of conceptual models and theories of nursing
Conceptual models and nursing theories
Future of nursing theory
Ideas in nursing knowledge (concepts, constructs, propositions, hypothesis, theories, principles, laws, frameworks and models)
International perspectives on nursing theory
Nursing theory as a guide to practice and research
Theory-practice debate


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Discussion Paper 2500 words 50 N Individual
Concept Paper 2500 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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