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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Explores nursing responses to changes in health status. This is the second in a series of four units. Through case-based learning students will build upon and apply knowledge and skills related to chronic illness and disability. Practice in nursing laboratory sessions and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

Unit content

  • Introduction to chronic illness and disability
  • Nursing care strategies in caring for individuals with a chronic illness
  • Chronic cardiovascular and respiratory conditions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care of chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic renal and gastrointestinal conditions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the care and management of chronic renal, urinary and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Principles of intravenous medication administration
  • Chronic central nervous system conditions
  • Chronic skin conditions
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in the management of chronic nervous system conditions
  • Chronic wound assessment and management
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and other products used in the care of skin and wounds
  • Pain theory
  • Pharmacological concepts in pain management
  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in palliative care
  • Grief, mourning and loss

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Describe the influence of social determinants and cultural factors on health and chronic illness
2 Describe and discuss the models of care and principles of nursing practice as applied to caring for a person with chronic illness
3 Describe and discuss the pathophysiology and pharmacological management of common chronic illness conditions
4 Demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practice
5 Conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of environmental, social and family history factors for individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
6 Demonstrate and use the principles of evidence based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence, wellbeing and quality of life for individuals with chronic illness

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the influence of social determinants and cultural factors on health and chronic illness
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. Describe and discuss the models of care and principles of nursing practice as applied to caring for a person with chronic illness
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. Describe and discuss the pathophysiology and pharmacological management of common chronic illness conditions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. Demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. Conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of environmental, social and family history factors for individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. Demonstrate and use the principles of evidence based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence, wellbeing and quality of life for individuals with chronic illness
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

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