39264 - Evolution and Structure of Nursing Studies (FO)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module  students will know the epistemological aspects of the nursing discipline, the main models and theories of assistance, the methods and some disciplinary application tools. They know also the evolution of the professionalization process, the ethical, deontological and legislative aspects relevant to the professional practice.

Course contents

Elements of Philosophy of Nursing Sciences

The concepts of health, disease, normal, pathological.
Prevention, care and nursing care
The concept of person in the main ethical-conceptual systems

Process of professionalization in healthcare

Elements of the history of assistance
From spontaneous and charitable assistance to the profession
Profession and its concepts
Evolution of the professional italian nursing legislation
Elements of professional ethics and deontology

Nursing sciences: epistemological aspects

Science and its principles
Framing of Nursing Sciences
Paradigms and metaparadigms
Conceptual and syntactic structure
The scientific method in nursing

The theories of nursing

Proto-theories of assistance. Florence Nightingale and the birth of the profession
Modern structured theories: Orem, Peplau, Leininger
M. Gordon and L.J. Carpenito
Nature, structure and aims of nursing diagnosis

Italian Health Organizations and NHS

Notes on historical evolution
The "reform" from law 833 to today
The priority health problems


Motta, P.C. Introduzione alle Scienze Infermieristiche, Carrocci Faber, Roma 2008

George, J. B, Le teorie del Nursing: le basi per l'esercizio professionale, UTET, Torino 1995

OPI - Codice Deontologico dell'Infermiere, Roma 2019

Carpenito- Moyet, L.J. Diagnosi Infermieristiche. Applicazioni alla pratica clinica CEA, Milano, 2020

Teaching methods

Interactive lesson, discussion, group work

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

Power point presentations, videos, iconographic resources

Office hours

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