Elayne M Puzan
B NURS 498
Further development, critical examination, and synthesis of nursing care in a specialized setting. Increasing depth of clinical practice, including care to groups and communities as clients, applying leadership skills, assessing problems affecting quality health care delivery, and applying research findings.
This course explores the experience of health and illness through literature, particularly the study of memoir. Nursing knowledge is focused primarily on biology. The memoir addresses biography, i.e. the personal written record of an individual's attempt to find meaning and purpose, a process that is as encoded in the body as DNA.
Student learning goals
Use literature and personal awareness to understand the experience of health and illness.
General method of instruction
Reflective reading and writing, discussion.
IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS MEETS ONLY TWICE DURING THE QUARTER: FRIDAY NOV. 16 AND FRIDAY NOV. 30, 2012. THERE WILL BE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS POSTED ON BLACKBOARD, BEFORE AND AFTER THE 2 ACTUAL COURSE MEETINGS. ENROLL IN BLACKBOARD AND MONITOR FOR ASSIGNMENTS!
It will be helpful to have a willingness to share experiences of health and illness drawn from one's own experience and memoir literature. Reflective, analytical, empathic, and creative thinking, speaking, and writing are expected.
Class assignments and grading
Reading selected memoirs, reflective speaking and writing.
Required memoir: Duff, K. (1993). The alchemy of illness. NY: Pantheon Books
CR/NO CR determined on the basis of attendance at class meetings and completion of assignments.