Note: As a subsidiary of
Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.
From 2023, UCOL Te Pūkenga and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL Te Pūkenga in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.
This programme consists of 38 credits. The courses include:
Mandatory theoretical content
- The Treaty of Waitangi
- Cultural safety
- Legislation impacting upon the practice of nurses in New Zealand. (NCNZ, 2005)
Competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice. (NCNZ, 2005)
- Ensuring nursing practice and conduct meets the standards of the professional, ethical and relevant legislated requirements. This includes upholding clients' legal rights, accepting responsibility for actions and decisions made within the scope of practice, identifying breaches of law in practice and reporting them, demonstrating appropriate knowledge, and utilising professional standards of practice.
- Demonstrating knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi in the context of the health of New Zealanders and how it applies to nursing practice.
- Promoting health and safety by assessing and managing risks, and identifying and reporting situations that affect people's health or safety.
- Culturally safe nursing practices that respects consumers' identity and right to hold personal beliefs, values and goals.
Management of nursing care
- Provision of planned nursing care in consultation with consumers to achieve identified outcomes.
- Undertaking comprehensive and accurate nursing assessments.
- Ensuring accurate information and maintenance of confidentiality.
- Ensuring the consumer is fully informed of the effects, consequences and alternatives of proposed treatment options.
- Acting appropriately to protect oneself and others when faced with unexpected consumer responses, confrontation, personal threat or other crisis situations.
- Evaluation of consumers' progress toward expected outcomes.
- Appropriate provision of health education appropriate to the needs of the consumer within a nursing framework.
- Reflection and evaluation of the effectiveness of one's nursing care.
- Ongoing professional development that contributes to one's own knowledge and practice, and supports that of one's colleagues.
- Establishes, maintains and concludes therapeutic interpersonal relationships with consumers.
- Practises nursing in a negotiated partnership with consumers where and when possible.
- Communicates effectively.
Inter-professional health care and quality improvement
- Collaboration and participation with colleagues and members of the health care team to facilitate and coordinate care.
- Recognition of and valuing the roles and skills of all members of the health care team in the delivery of care.
- Participation in quality improvement activities to monitor and improve standards of nursing.
The course also covers the following areas
- Pharmacological revision and drug calculation test
- Clinical core skills
- Introduction to wound care
- Introduction to infection control
- Vital signs
- Effective communication
- Document management and protocols
- Nursing skills specific to the practice setting
- Integration of theory into practice