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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Session2,3
Session2,3
Lismore

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

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.

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
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
  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.

Prescribed texts

  • Berman, A., Snyder, S., Levett-Jones, T., Burton, T., and Harvey, N., 2020, Skills in Clinical Nursing , 2nd Edition, Pearson Australia, Melbourne. ISBN: 9781488620690.
  • Either the 3rd edition (2017) or the below are fine for 2021:: Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2021, Chronic Illness and Disability , 4th edn, Elsevier Australia, Australia. ISBN: 9780729543583.
  • Norris, T, 2018, Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 10th Edition, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia. ISBN: 9781496377555.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.