Journal of Professional Nursing

Valuing Students’ Experience in Nursing Education 

Verna Owen-Mills, RGON, BA (Nsg), MCNANZ, Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Manawatu Polytechnic 

Reference:  Owen-Mills, V., (1994). Valuing Students’ Experience in Nursing Education. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 9(3), 24-28.


Manawatu Polytechnic is one of the nursing schools in New Zealand which has designed a new curriculum in an endeavour to address the rapidly changing needs of the health care system.  The curriculum is based on the Caring theory described initially by Watson (1985) and elaborated and refined by other nurse theorists.  It incorporated methods included in the interpretive and critical social science paradigms, whilst retaining the teaching of some nursing skills and the natural sciences within the positivist paradigm. 

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