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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Session2, 3
Session2, 3

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. Builds upon knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of primary care cases. Through case-based learning students will problem solve, build upon and apply knowledge and skills, promote independence and wellbeing related to chronic illness and disability. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of comprehensive functional assessment and the application of pharmaco-therapeutics in chronic disease and disability.

Unit content

  • Addressing national health priorities
  • Principles of disease and models of disease prevention
  • Models of health education and promoting health literacy
  • Community needs assessment and capacity building
  • Functional assessment:
    • cardiac and respiratory function
    • renal and gastro-intestinal function
    • cardiac and respiratory function
    • central nervous system
    • skin and musculoskeletal  system
  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Pain theory
  • Pharmacological concepts in pain management
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in:
    • palliative care
    • chronic respiratory disease
    • chronic renal, urinary and gastro-intestinal disorders
    • chronic nervous and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Nursing care strategies in caring for sufferers of a chronic illness
  • Medication calculation and administration
  • Principles of intravenous medication administration

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.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
2 evaluate principles and strategies to conduct an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the client at home and in the community
3 demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practice
4 apply the principles of evidence-based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence and wellbeing for individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
5 critically analyse the principles of health education, health promotion, and primary health care.

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

  1. conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. evaluate principles and strategies to conduct an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the client at home and in the community
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practice
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. apply the principles of evidence-based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence and wellbeing for individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. critically analyse the principles of health education, health promotion, and primary health care.
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Bloomfield, J, Pegram, A, Wilson, R, Pearson, A & Procter N, 2016, Clinical Nursing Skills: An Australian Perspective , 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Great Britain. ISBN: 9781316620212.
  • Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2017, Chronic Illness and Disability , 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9780729542616.
  • Norris, T, 2018, Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 10th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781496377555.

  • Bloomfield, J, Pegram, A, Wilson, R, Pearson, A & Procter N, 2016, Clinical Nursing Skills: An Australian Perspective , 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Great Britain. ISBN: 9781316620212.
  • Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2017, Chronic Illness and Disability , 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9780729542616.
  • Norris, T, 2018, Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 10th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781496377555.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.