Skip to content | Change text size

NUR9842 - Graduate nursing studies: Caring in nursing

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms Jeni Grubb


Not offered in 2007


This unit examines the notion that caring is a central component of nursing theory, research and practice. Theories of caring developed by Watson, Benner, Leininger and others are critically examined. Caring is viewed as linked with socio-cultural values, ethics, spirituality, politics, economics, and, philosophy. Philosophical views are drawn from the existentialists, phenomenologists and feminists. Unit also examines holistic healing modalities, complementary and alternative therapies; individual's accounts of the experience of illness; and caring work in today's health care environment. Students are encouraged to relate caring to human growth as a search for meaning and creativity.


It is anticipated that in undertaking this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explore the philosophical underpinnings of human caring;
  2. Critically evaluate theories of caring in nursing;
  3. Appreciate how dimensions of holistic caring can enhance practice;
  4. Explain how specific caring-healing modalities can be used to achieve optimal health outcomes;
  5. Discuss issues in caring work in the contemporary health care environment;
  6. Analyse personal accounts of the illness experience and caring;
  7. Evaluate methodologies for researching caring in nursing; and
  8. Critically reflect upon holism, and caring themes and issues in their own area of nursing practice.


Essay 3,000 words (30%), Essay 6,00 - 6,500 words (70%).