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The Curriculum Model

The Curriculum Model of Memorial University School of Nursing depicts the essential components of nursing that the learner will assimilate and integrate as she/he evolves through the program.


The Bachelor of Nursing programme is designed to provide students with a liberal education. The student is the central focus of the educational programme in nursing. Within a learning environment, the student will acquire professional attitudes, competencies and knowledge.

For this curriculum,

Professional attitudes include attitudes towards:
  • the client
  • the self
  • colleagues
  • the nursing profession
Competencies will be developed in the areas of:
  • communication
  • reasoning/learning
  • psychomotor skills
Knowledge involved cognitive learning in the areas of:
  • the human being
  • environment
  • nursing
  • health

Through the acquisition of attitudes, competencies and knowledge, the graduating nurse will be proficient in four main roles in nursing:

  • direct care-giver

  • teacher

  • counsellor

  • advocate


When each of these roles is enacted by the nurse, change is the consequence and a caring attitude is reflected at all times.

Linking to the Nursing roles, students can refer to the operational definitions of the key concepts in the Curriculum Model, i.e. human being, environment, nursing, health, caring, and changing.

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