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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Applied Studies
Prerequisite: NURS 328; Available only to Bachelor of Nursing students or with professor approval.
Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies
NURS 438 is not available for Challenge.
Nursing 438: Trends and Issues in Nursing and Health Systems introduces students to the position of nursing in the Canadian health care system. Perspectives to be explored include social, political, organizational, and legal/ethical factors. The continuing debate about the essence of nursing including professional issues is examined. The politics of health is discussed within the context of the Canadian health care system. Current issues are critically analyzed in relation to their influence on the nursing profession and nursing practice.
Upon completion of NURS 438, the student will achieve or exceed the following learning outcomes:
To receive credit for NURS 438, students must complete and submit all of the required assignments and achieve an overall composite grade of C (64 percent). Effective January 1, 2010, all papers submitted must follow the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) (2010). The assignments and weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
McDonald, C. & McIntyre, M. (2019). Realities of Canadian nursing: Professional, practice and power issues (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
A variety of electronic journals and websites are used in the course and paper copies are not included in the course package.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 7, July 12, 2016.
Updated June 14, 2019 by Student & Academic Services