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Health Professionals

Asthma New Zealand – The Lung Association in partnership with Unitec, School of Health and Community Studies offers 2 distance-learning courses.

  1. The Asthma Nursing Course is available to Registered Nurses who work in the community at primary and secondary care level with people who have asthma.
  2. The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Nursing Course is available to Registered Nurses who work in the community at primary and secondary care level with people who have COPD.

The aim of the courses is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to plan and deliver asthma and COPD care in primary, secondary and tertiary nursing practice.

To achieve this aim the asthma and COPD nursing course:

  • Offers access to teaching and learning concepts and information which enable nurses to plan and deliver nursing care and education to asthma and COPD patients.
  • Provides the opportunity for nurses to increase the scope of their practice in the field of asthma and COPD care.
  • Assists nurses to develop an ongoing interest in and commitment to their own development as teachers and as learners.

This outcome is achieved by a commitment to collaboration with all stakeholders in asthma and COPD, including consumers.

The course utilizes adult teaching and learning theory and relies on the learner to consider the content provided and to incorporate this into their professional practice through active reflection and critical thinking.

Reflection, critical analysis and other process skills are integrated throughout the course.

 

You can download the course information:
> Download the "Asthma Nursing Course"
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Information on the Asthma Nursing Course

The programme is offered by distance learning. The primary aim of Asthma Nursing Course is to provide nursing health professionals with a high level of Asthma knowledge that promotes best practice, based on available evidence, and is consistent with national policy.

In the eight years since commencement of the Asthma Nursing Course 594 nurses have enrolled over 15 Intakes. Of the many nurses who have enrolled in the Asthma Nursing Course, most had not undertaken any academic learning & students found the Asthma course to be very challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable experience of learning.

Asthma Nursing Course is accredited with 24 credits, which can be used towards gaining your Bachelor of Nursing degree.


  • The value of a level 7, 24-credit course, which is done through a tertiary education establishment, is $924.00. At present Asthma New Zealand/The Lung Association is providing a grant for each student towards the cost of the course, as a result students will be asked to contribute $300.00. The society has decided to make the course available at such a low cost to benefit nurses with a special interest in asthma, and increase the knowledge of nurses throughout New Zealand.
  • Course is endorsed with 24 credits, which can be used towards gaining your Bachelor of Nursing degree
  • Course is over one semester
  • You will be awarded an Asthma New Zealand/The Lung Association Certificate
  • Course is interactive, evidence based, distance learning
  • Work at your own pace within the timeframe
  • Approximately 7-8 hours of theory per week. This is influenced by your previous study experience
  • Course equivalent to 240 hours of study
  • Support is there just when you need it: just drop an email, fax or phone call through to the course co-ordinators
  • Network with others doing the same course and learn from the experts in a clinical skills session on devices hopefully close to your own local area
  • Assessment of knowledge to pass the course: one worksheet, and one essay of approximately 3,000 words
  • Contents designed by skilled nurse educators who understand what it is like to be in your shoes juggling work, home and study and the ever changing demands of contemporary healthcare ..they have been supported by the leading experts in nursing and health management
  • Real life examples are used throughout to make theory easy to incorporate into your practice
  • Course content is supported by readings, but you are also encouraged to find your own resources. You need to select the readings relevant to your own area of practice
  • While registered general nurses are participating in the course they are an enrolled student of Unitec, students may use the library, Internet and learning resource environments
  • Marking is done by Asthma New Zealand-Lung Association
  • The course has received endorsement from the NZNO College of Practice Nurses as suitable to aid progress towards the Expert Practice Nurse

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Information on the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Nursing Course

The programme is offered by distance learning. The primary aim of COPD Nursing Course is to provide nursing health professionals with a high level of COPD knowledge that promotes best practice, based on available evidence, and is consistent with national policy.

Of the many nurses who have enrolled in the Course, most had not undertaken any academic learning & students found the COPD course to be very challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable experience of learning.

COPD Nursing Course is accredited with 12 credits, which can be used towards gaining your Bachelor of Nursing degree.

This course is available to Registered Nurses who are Practice Nurses or who work in the community with people who have COPD. Information about Asthma New Zealand/The Lung Association /Unitec Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Nursing Course:

  • The COPD Nursing Course is endorsed with 12 credits, which can be used towards gaining your Bachelor of Nursing degree
  • Course is over one semester
  • You will be awarded an Asthma New Zealand/The Lung Association Certificate of proficiency
  • Course is interactive, evidence based, distance learning
  • Work at your own pace within the timeframe
  • Approximately 4-5 hours of study is required per week (including written work) this is dependent on your current study experience and practice knowledge
  • The Course is equivalent to 120 hours of study.Included in this is your own practice doing what you do everyday: looking after patients who have COPD
  • Support is there just when you need it: just drop an email, fax or phone call through to the course tutors
  • Network with others doing the same course and learn from experts in a clinical skills session on devices hopefully close to your own local area
  • Assessment of knowledge required to successfully complete the course is 2 assessments
  • Content is designed by skilled nurse educators who understand what it is like to be in your shoes juggling work, home and study and the ever-changing demands of contemporary healthcare .. they have been supported by the leading experts in medicine, nursing and health management
  • Cost of the course is $471.00 but a grant of $221.00 is available to practice nurses/community nurses from Asthma New Zealand/The Lung Association
  • Course content is supported by readings to simplify your study, but you are also encouraged to find your own resources. It is not compulsory to read all of the supplied reading
  • While you are participating in the course you are an enrolled student of Unitec, you can use their library, Internet and learning resource environments
  • Marking is done by Asthma New Zealand-Lung Association

 

You can download the course information:
> Download the "COPD Nursing Course"
   information

  (PDF file, 490kb)

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- Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe

 

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