INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS

THIS OER MATCHES INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR NURSE COMPETENCIES

This educational resource addresses the major contemporary issues in nursing. According to an independent review, it

“…is comparable to curriculums of North American nursing schools and has established a rigorous and challenging program that will prepare students to practice nursing locally and internationally.”

In developing the curriculum, we have focused on standards suitable for low-resource settings, such as the regional core competencies developed by the Nurse Regulatory Authorities of the Western Pacific and South East Asian Region (WPSEAR).

The WPSEAR competencies are grouped in three “domains” of practice.

1. Legal and ethical framework of nursing practice.

2. Management of care (comprising professional practice, consumer rights and professional advancement and development)

3. Leadership and nursing management.

Complementing the WPSEAR approach, North American experts in nurse education identify three areas of learning for student nurses:

1. Academic knowledge of basic and social sciences, evidence-based nursing, reasoning and communication;

2. “Know-how” or skills in nursing practice and clinical judgment; and

3. The ethical standards, responsibilities and social roles of nursing.

Ideally, students learn about all these topic areas in an integrated way because they are closely connected in the nurse-patient relationship.

Because it is an internet-based tool, this educational resource emphasizes academic knowledge concerning management of care, typically delivered in classroom settings. As the instructor using this resource, you will use your own teaching strategies to integrate the domains for your students. To assist you, most courses include critical thinking exercises for classroom use and assignments for students’ independent study. The course materials also include competency checklists and other resources for clinical practice

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