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Elayne M Puzan
B NURS 498
Bothell Campus

Special Project in Nursing

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.

Class description

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!

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elayne M Puzan
Date: 09/07/2012