Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Bachelor Health Care and Nursing
Type of degree: FH Bachelor´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Nursing in national and international context
Course unit code 081611051001
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated First Cycle (Bachelor)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 2
Name of lecturer(s) Lena ANTONI, Jürgen BACHMANN, Simone BÖSCH, Michaela BURTSCHER, Andrea KUCKERT-WÖSTHEINRICH, Christine POMIKAL, Alison THEMESSL-HUBER

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Professional role and professional identity

Course content
  • Description of the profession of nursing
  • Professional socialisation and understanding the role
  • Discussion of various professionalisation theories and approaches and
  • their significance for the profession of nursing and the development of a professional nursing identity
  • History of nursing from a feminist perspective to the present with a sociocultural reference
  • International and national personalities in nursing
  • Professional policy
  • New areas of action in nursing (such as universities and schools, nurseries, companies, communities)
  • Innovation in nursing
  • Technology in nursing

Learning outcomes


  • will develop a professional nursing identity based on historical knowledge, reflection and interaction with the social environment
  • will reflect on the current development in professionalisation against the background of the requirement for scientific qualification in a practical field in which this is not yet anchored
  • will be able to explain professionally relevant historical knowledge within the current social context
  • will be able to research and present new areas of action and technology applications in nursing
  • will be able to develop innovative concept

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Presentation with feedback and reflection

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Presentation
  • Written reflection (marked)



Recommended or required reading
  • Charalambous A. (2020). Specialized Cancer Care Roles: from Clinical Practice to Research and Beyond. Asia-Pacific journal of oncology nursing, 7(3), 232–234.
  • Cheng L, Kotronoulas G. How effective are self-management interventions in promoting health-related quality of life in people after primary treatment for breast cancer? A critical evidence synthesis. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2020 Aug;47:101776. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2020.101776. Epub 2020 Jun 1. PMID: 32570063.
  • Jaspers MWM, Smeulers M, Vermeulen H, Peute LW (2011). Effects of clinical decision-support systems on practitioner performance and patient outcomes: a synthesis of high-quality systematic review findings. In: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Volume: 18(3)327-334:
  • Kitson A, Carr D, Conroy T, et al. (2019). Speaking Up for Fundamental Care: the ILC Aalborg Statement. BMJ Open 2019;9:e033077. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033077
  • Labonté, r. & Ruckert, A. (2019). Health Equity in a Globalizing Era: Past Challenges, Future Prospects. Oxford University Press.
  • McCormack B, McCance T, Bulley C, Brown D, McMillan A & Martin S (eds) (2020). Fundamentals of Person-Centred Healthcare Practice. Wiley Global Research (STMS).

More literature will be announced by the guest speakers during the course.

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

Virtual classroom (online)