An innovative new curriculum for nursing has, as its focus, the philosophy known as solution-focused nursing. Solution-focused nursing aims to be strengths focused and assumes the client is competent, resilient and resourceful. It is an approach that sees care as involving 3 phases: joining, building and extending.
In the joining phase, the nurse has an opportunity to get to know the person, rather than the illness, and to use collaborative, respectful strategies to assess and learn about the client's problems and resources.
In the building phase, the nurse and client are engaged in strategic, deliberate efforts to resolve problems, and build capacity for the client to adapt to health problems, to develop resilience and to live in more health promoting ways. Sometimes, the role for the nurse is educative, supportive, motivating, or about brokering community resources.
In the extending phase, the client has opportunities to apply newly learned health knowledge, social skills and personal attributes that are useful in helping him/her adapt to the health problem, and make successful transition from health service to full community engagement.
The School has strong links to over 60 health agencies in the South East Region of Queensland. This is evidenced by the Schools commitment to clinical teaching and the development of clinically relevant courses. Students gain appropriate clinical experience aimed to enable optimal learning in clinical settings.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery maintains a commitment to internationalisation of the curriculum by incorporating international nursing perspectives wherever possible, and through delivery of the post registration program in Singapore through Cornerstone. A cross-cultural approach is also included in the components of all curricula where indigenous and multicultural information and perspectives are integrated with concepts and assessments.
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The School of Nursing and Midwifery are a community of scholars committed to development of professional health, nursing and midwifery knowledge and practice through scholarship, research and strong collaborative links with the clinical field. The Faculty has a growing reputation in health, nursing and midwifery education, scholarship and research. The School of Nursing and Midwifery offers an extensive range of postgraduate courses from its Nathan, Gold Coast and Logan campuses.
Further information can be obtained from Professor Ramon Shaban, Postgraduate Programs Convenor, or Ms Cathy Roberts, School Administration Officer (Postgraduate).
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Staff of the School have been successful in attracting research funding and postgraduate research students. The School is able to provide supervision to PhD level in a wide range of clinical areas and methodologies.
A "Dissertation Research Handbook" provides information about dissertation requirements, staff research interests, supervision and resources for Honours and Masters students and their supervisor/s.
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For more information about the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Research, see the Research page.