Ready, set, go...- flexible package supporting the biophysical sciences in first year nursing

McCabe, Bernadette K. (2009) Ready, set, go...- flexible package supporting the biophysical sciences in first year nursing. In: ALTC First Year Experience Curriculum Design Symposium 2009, 05-06 Feb 2009, Brisbane, Australia.

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The learning and teaching of science subjects in undergraduate nursing programs can be difficult and a number of issues which contribute to this have been documented (McVicar & Clancy, 2001). The biological and physical sciences are an important component of USQ’s Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) program, the delivery of which has proven challenging. In 2007 this program under went a major revision of its curriculum. One consequence of this change, among many, involved the development of a new course NSC1500 Biophysical Sciences in Nursing which comprises four distinct disciplines, namely physics, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology. In a survey given to students prior to their commencement in this course, 40% of respondents felt they were not confident in studying science while 20% felt they were not prepared for the course (n=56). Students generally felt that all science disciplines in NSC1500 were important to their nursing profession; however, high workload was the major concern in the student 'evaluation of course' questionnaire.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Queensland University of Technology, Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Support for the original work was provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Depositing User: Dr Bernadette McCabe
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2010 05:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity; transition; nursing bioscience education; student confidence; anxiety
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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