Unit description

Enables students to acquire and integrate knowledge as well as develop the use of the nursing process and reflective practice in the following practice domains: reproductive; gastrointestinal; metabolic; and endocrine. In addition, knowledge will be developed in regards to the pharmacology and technologies associated with each of these domains.

Unit content

Module 1: Altered sexual and reproductive function

  • Assessment of common disorders
  • Care of the client with altered sexual and reproductive function
  • Women's sexual and reproductive health
  • Men's sexual and reproductive health
  • Medications and technologies in the care and management of altered sexual and
  • Reproductive function

Module 2: Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Assessment of common gastrointestinal disorders
  • Care of upper gastrointestinal disorders
  • Care of lower gastrointestinal disorders
  • Acute and traumatic gastrointestinal disorders, care and management
  • Chronic and long-term care of gastrointestinal disorders
  • Medications and technologies in the care of acute and chronic gastrointestinal-disorders

Module 3: Metabolic and endocrine disorders

  • Assessment of common disorders
  • Care of acute disorders
  • Care and management of chronic disorders
  • Special focus on diabetes
  • Special focus on obesity
  • Care of the older person with diabetes
  • Medications and technologies in the care and management of metabolic and
  • Endocrine disorders

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Brown, D, & Edwards, H, Lewis's medical-surgical nursing. Assessment and management of clinical problems, 3rd edn, Elsevier, Marrickville, NSW.
  • Bullock, S, Manias, E & Galbraith, A, 2007, Fundamentals of pharmacology, 5th edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 x 2 hours (3 weeks [wks 1, 2, 3])
Assessment
Case study50%
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 x 2 hours (3 weeks [wks 1, 2, 3])
Assessment
Case study50%
Exam: closed book50%

Lismore

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 x 2 hours (3 weeks [wks 1, 2, 3])
Assessment
Case study50%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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