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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Pre-requisites

BIO00307 - Human Physiology OR HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I AND NURS2004 - Health Assessment AND have completed or be currently enrolled in [169656] NRS71001 - Nursing and Lifespan Health]

Unit aim

Examines nursing responses to health breakdown in the context of chronic illness. Students will apply knowledge of the physiological stressors and responses, with an emphasis on causal relationships between aetiology, risk factors, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations and pharmacological therapy to manage client presentations. 

Unit content

  • Introduction to human responses to health breakdown across the lifespan
  • Aetiology, risk factors, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations and pharmacological therapy of the following systems:
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
    • Renal
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Central nervous system
    • Skin and wound
    • Endocrine
  • Presentation of chronic pain
  • Mental health as a co-morbidity
  • Cognitive and physical disability as a co-morbidity

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 demonstrate safe pharmacological therapy to provide person-centred care for those with a chronic illness or disability
2 apply evidence-based principles to nursing interventions related to human responses, narratives and cultural considerations for individuals, groups and carers to health breakdown in the context of chronic illness
3 demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology and aetiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, integumentary, and central nervous system health breakdown.

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

  1. demonstrate safe pharmacological therapy to provide person-centred care for those with a chronic illness or disability
  2. apply evidence-based principles to nursing interventions related to human responses, narratives and cultural considerations for individuals, groups and carers to health breakdown in the context of chronic illness
  3. demonstrate knowledge of the pathophysiology and aetiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, integumentary, and central nervous system health breakdown.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.