2023-2024 / HULG1002-1

The foundations of nurse discipline I


15h Pr, 15h Mon. Read.

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)4 crédits 


Jacinthe Dancot

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Discipline
  • Nursing discipline
  • Constituents of the nursing discipline
  • Nursing sciences
  • Nursing knowledge
  • Nursing concepts
  • Nursing theories
  • Classification of nursing theories according to their level of abstraction: grand theory, middle-range theory, situation-specific theory
  • Use of nursing theories in practice (clinical practice and research)
  • Philosophy of nursing: contribution of nursing philosophy to the nursing discipline; ontology; epistemology; ethics

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Defining what a discipline is
  • Explain the characteristics of a discipline
  • To identify what nursing is and its components.
  • To identify the type of discipline that is the nursing discipline
  • Defining nursing
  • Distinguishing the five parts of the nursing profession
  • Distinguishing between nursing knowledge and borrowed knowledge
  • Identifying what a nursing concept is
  • Defining nursing theory
  • Distinguish between types of theories according to their level of abstraction
  • To identify the usefulness of nursing theories in clinical practice and research
  • To identify the link between nursing science and nursing philosophy
  • To identify the usefulness of nursing science and nursing philosophy for advanced practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of philosophical texts concerning the ontology, epistemology and ethics of nursing.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Reverse class: the course is organized in the form of seminars

  • Students prepare the course on the basis of a preparation document containing readings as well as questions to be answered or preparation to be carried out
  • Everyone is invited to participate actively in the discussions
The preparation is handed in at the beginning of the course, presented during the course and then commented/corrected and kept in a portfolio

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Classes non organized

Recommended or required readings

  • Readings mentioned in the preparation document for each course
  • Dallaire, C. (dir.). (2008). Le savoir infirmier. Au cœur de la discipline et de la profession. Montréal, Québec : Gaëtan Morin - Chenelière Éducation.
  • Goulet, O. et Dallaire, C. (dir.). (2002). Les soins infirmiers. Vers de nouvelles perspectives. Montréal, Québec : Gaëtan Morin - Chenelière Éducation.
  • McEwen, M. & Wills, E.M. (2019). Theoretical Basis for Nursing (5th). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Meleis, A.I. (2018). Theoretical Nursing. Development and Progress (6th). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Pepin, J., Ducharme, F. et Kérouac, S. (2017). La pensée infirmière (4ème éd.). Montréal, Québec : Chenelière Éducation.
  • Peterson, S.J. & Bredow, T.S. (2013). Middle Range Theories. Application to Nursing Research (3rd). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Smith, M.J. & Liehr, P.R. (2018). Middle Range Theory for Nursing (4th ed.). New-York, NY: Springer.

Written work / report

Additional information:


  • Portfolio

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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