Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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