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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2018-19

Fundamentals of Nursing is a compulsory course belonging to the Undergraduate Degree in Nursing offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, comprising 12 ECTS credits distributed into two subjects of 6 credits each: Fundamentals of Nursing I and Fundamentals of Nursing II.

Fundamentals of Nursing I is a core subject taught in the second semester of the first academic year.

Fundamentals of Nursing II is a compulsory subject taught in the first semester of the second academic year.

This discipline constitutes a central axis in the theoretical and methodological foundations of nursing in the practicum and, in particular, in the following subject: Practicum IV: Fundamentals of Nursing and Adult Nursing I.

The main objective of Fundamentals of Nursing is to analyse, organise and systematise all the contents of this discipline to find its core principles and the basic differences between nursing and other branches of knowledge and professions. Besides, Fundamentals of Nursing is intended to set the epistemological and historical anthropological foundations for nursing research.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • E-2 : Base the interventions of Health Science professionals on scientific evidence and the available resources.


General Competences of the Degree Course (CG):>>Nursing sciences module

  • 15 : Identify, integrate and relate the concept of health and caring from a historical viewpoint to understand the evolution of nursing care.
  • 16 : Understand the evolution of the central concepts configuring nursing as a discipline from an ontological and epistemological viewpoint, as well as the most significant theoretical models, applying scientific methodology to the caring process and developing the corresponding care plans.
  • 17 : Apply the nursing process to provide and guarantee the well-being, quality and safety of those being cared for.
  • 18 : Understand and apply the principles that sustain integrated nursing care.
  • 51 : Provide care, guaranteeing the right to dignity, privacy, confidentiality and the capacity of patients and their families to make decisions.
  • 52 : Individualise care according to age, gender, cultural differences, ethnic groups, beliefs and values.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course :>>Foreign language proficiency

  • CT1 : Read and understand texts in a foreign language.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course :>>IT and information competences

  • CT2 : Show computer and information system skills and abilities.


Specific transversal competences of the degree course:>>Oral and written communication competences

  • CT3 : Show oral and written communication skills.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2018-19

  • Identifying the scope and complexity of the care process and the actions involved for nurses.
  • Defining, identifying and establishing relationships between the stages of the methodological instrument of nursing care.
  • Identifying the characteristics of nursing assessment.
  • Identifying the variables that condition data collection.
  • Analysing the importance of nursing diagnosis (ND).
  • Identifying, defining, differentiating and formulating the different types of ND.
  • Differentiating between ND and collaborative or interdependent problems.
  • Identifying the steps of the diagnostic process and the elements of diagnostic categories.
  • Analysing the different classifications of diagnoses.
  • Recognising the importance of therapeutic judgement in the care process.
  • Identifying each part of the planning process.
  • Analysing different types of objectives and establishing criteria for setting objectives.
  • Determining procedures for establishing activities.
  • Identifying guidelines for drafting reports on nursing interventions.
  • Defining the stage of implementing-therapeutic action.
  • Identifying each of the phases involved in the activities.
  • Defining, analysing and recognising the phases of the evaluation stage.
  • Defining the concept of fundamental need, according to V. Henderson.
  • Defining terms related to independently satisfying one’s needs.
  • Listing and explaining the factors that influence satisfaction of needs.
  • Indicating the interventions of nursing professionals for patients to independently satisfy their needs.
  • Explaining dependency problems, their causes and processes.
  • Defining terms related to being dependent on others to satisfy one’s needs.
  • Explaining the points of reference for observing the manifestations of dependency.
  • Describing the interactions between problems and causes and non-satisfaction of other needs.
  • Indicating nursing interventions, monitoring and specific care of patients who present one or more dependency problems.
  • Knowing and applying different types of records, as well as the nursing documentation necessary for proper basic care.




Code: 27013
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,44
Practical credits: 0,96
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

  • Dept: NURSING
    Area: NURSING
    Theoretical credits: 1,44
    Practical credits: 0,96
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught