HEAL811 – Nga Momo Mohiotanga: Ways of Knowing Foundations for Professional Practice

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Module title
Nga Momo Mohiotanga: Ways of Knowing Foundations for Professional Practice
To foster the development of reflexive practitioners who critically evaluate knowledge, rangahau or research evidence, professional values, technological innovations and regulatory frameworks for professional practice in the bicultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand. To prepare culturally aware practitioners to work in partnership with whanau, health consumers and communities including rural and remote communities. To develop thoughtful and enquiring practitioners ready to work alongside others within the interprofessional contexts of practice.
  • HS1903
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
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Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Critically explore contemporary knowledge and evidence as Nga momo mohiotanga, or ways of knowing, for professional practice.
2. Critically appraise Te Mohiotanga a-taungakitanga, or empirical knowledge, and evidence that underpins critical thinking and reasoning in professional practice.
3. Critically evaluate Te Mohiotanga ngaio, or professional knowing, including normative and regulatory frameworks and legislation, that guide professional practice.
4. Critically examine Te Mohiotanga a-horopaki, or contextual knowing, that shapes professional understanding of health consumers’ perspectives of hauora, technology in practice and interprofessional relationships.
5. Critically reflect on Te Mohiotanga a-mahi, or experiential knowing, that informs growth of the professional self as a culturally aware and relational practitioner.
Nga momo mohiotanga - ways of knowing
- the origins of professional knowledge and ways of knowing in nursing
- historical and sociocultural positioning of nurses as health practitioners
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi and cultural knowledge and practices in hauora
Mohiotanga a-taungakitanga - empirical knowing
- Maaori world views, other world views, paradigms and empirical frameworks for knowledge development
- research, theory and other evidence bases for thinking and reasoning in practice
Mohiotanga ngaio - professional knowing
- ethical and professional codes of practice, regulatory frameworks and standards for practice
- interprofessional models of clinical reasoning, thinking and communicating
Mohiotanga a-horopaki – contextual knowing
- cultural awareness, cultural safety and cultural responsiveness
- Tikanga Maaori, Te Reo Maaori
- epidemiological patterns of health and illness across communities including rural and remote
- technologies impacting health care delivery, communication, information literacy and documentation
Mohiotanga a-mahi – experiential knowing
- reflection, reflexivity, emotional intelligence and mindfulness in practice
- professional identities, whanaungatanga, relationships, manaakitanga, contexts and communities of practice
- developing capability in shaping the self-as-practitioner

Hauora is a Maaori concept of well-being, which encompasses the physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health, and is recognised by the World Health Organisation.
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes and gain 50% in the Evidence Portfolio and pass the Clinical Competence Assessment to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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