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NURS802 – Reasoning in Practice

Module code
Module title
Reasoning in Practice
This module aims to foster the development of reflexive practitioners who critically evaluate clinical knowledge, research evidence, professional values and regulatory frameworks for reasoning in practice. It aims to cultivate inquiring and thoughtful nurses, as practitioners who collaborate with clients, communities and other health and social service professionals within the interdisciplinary contexts of practice.
  • HL0502
  • NU0010
  • NU0015
NZQA Level
Level 8
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1.Critically examine frameworks for clinical reasoning, and evaluate knowledge and evidence for professional practice and research.
2.Engage in case reviews to reflect on the scientific, normative and professional values and evidence that underpin reasoning in practice.
3.Critically evaluate the regulatory frameworks for specific scopes and areas of practice.
4.Critically examine the influence of interdisciplinary communities of practice with specific populations.
5.Identify strategies and opportunities to develop the professional self-as-practitioner within interdisciplinary contexts.
-Interdisciplinary models of clinical reasoning
-The origins of knowledge and ways of knowing in practice
-Situating theory and research evidence within philosophical traditions
-Professional identities, contexts and communities of practice
-Boundaries, scopes and diversity in interdisciplinary practice
-Professional and ethical codes of practice and regulatory frameworks
-Historical and sociocultural positionings of self-as-practitioner
-Strategies for development of the self-as-practitioner in context
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Teaching and learning methods in this online web enabled module will involve theoretical and online sessions including tutorials, workshops, group activities, discussion, independent learning, and assignments. Inquiry based teaching approaches will engage students in learning activities that draws on practice experiences, facilitating knowledge and skill development within their area of practice.
Assessment Criteria
Assignment 1Case review - reasoning in practice 35
Assignment 2 Evidence for clinical reasoning 30
Presentation Capability for clinical reasoning 35
Students must complete all assessments and achieve an overall minimum grade of 50 in order to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Students will be expected to research into and read widely within their particular practice field. In addition, students will be expected to engage with texts and other sources of evidence based information that inform clinical reasoning and knowledge development in practice.
Required Text: An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.

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