This unit of study explores nursing knowledge from a variety of perspectives and in doing so allows students to develop the knowledge and skills required for nursing in contemporary health care settings. Students will examine the important contribution of knowledge to evidence-based nursing practice and will develop the skills required to search for, retrieve and critically evaluate literature. Students will also develop and refine skills needed to demonstrate their own knowledge and understanding in academic work. Students will have the opportunity to explore the historical background and current debates relevant to nursing knowledge and practice. This will be achieved through the study of ideas and seminal literature from discrete periods in time including the Nightingale era, the scientific age and the technological period. Students will also critically analyse current issues affecting nurses and healthcare in Singapore including the ageing population, socio-political issues, technology and globalisation and the impact that these are having on nursing knowledge.
student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline