Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (NURS5089)

UNIT OF STUDY

Diagnostic reasoning is the hallmark of an expert Nurse Practitioner. The ability to gather and judge the value of perceptual and clinical information to inform choices and provide benefit to patients with minimal risk of harm is at the heart of advanced practice nursing. Nurse Practitioners are required to make effective practice decisions and use informed judgment, frequently in the context of uncertainty and for patients with complex health problems. Viewed from both the concept of information processing (Information Processing Model) and skilled know-how (Hermeneutical Model), this unit focuses on the examination of health-assessment techniques and the processes of clinical judgement to develop diagnostic reasoning behaviours.

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Classes

distance education/intensive on campus, up to 4 study days

Assessment

clinical assessment (60%) online assessment (40%) and satisfactory clinical performance

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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