2023-2024 / HULG1003-1

The foundations of nurse discipline II


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 first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • Reminders: nursing discipline (science/profession), nursing science, nursing concepts and concept analysis, nursing theories (grand theory, middle-range theory, situation-specific theory), critical evaluation of theories, nursing philosophy (contribution of nursing philosophy to the nursing discipline, ontology, epistemology, ethics)
  • Discovery of middle-range theories through seminars prepared by students

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • To argue the richness of the nursing discipline concerning nursing sciences, nursing philosophy
  • To argue the usefulness of nursing science and nursing philosophy for advanced practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of moderate-spectrum nursing theories (concepts, propositions, postulates, schematic representation, usefulness for practice and research, criticism of theory), based on theoretical articles (theory development) and articles on the application of theory in clinical practice and research.
  • To prepare and conduct a seminar on moderate spectrum nursing theory.
  • Positioning oneself on one's own ontology of care and on the development of nursing sciences and the nursing discipline in Belgium

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.
  • Each student leads a seminar on a nursing theory of his or her choice.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

Hybrid depending on the sanitary situation and the availability of students and teacher

Recommended or required readings

  • Readings mentioned in the preparation document for each course
  • Provision of articles by students concerning their seminar
  • 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

Continuous assessment

Other : Oral presentation

Additional information:


  • Course preparation, attendance and participation (30%) (only medical certificates are accepted as justification for absence from the course)
  • Seminar facilitation (50%)
  • Portfolio (20%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course




Association of one or more MOOCs