Unit description

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 and build upon and apply knowledge and skills related to chronic illness and disability. Practice in nursing laboratory session and simulated rehearsal prepares students for professional experience placement.

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
  • Functional assessment: renal and gastro-intestinal function
  • Functional assessment: cardiac and respiratory function
  • Functional assessment: central nervous system
  • Functional assessment: skin and musculoskeletal system
  • Introduction to palliative care
  • Pain theory
  • Pharmacological concepts in pain management
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in palliative care
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in chronic respiratory disease
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in chronic renal, urinary and gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics and technologies in chronic nervous and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Nursing care strategies in caring for sufferers of a chronic illness
  • Medication calculation and administration
  • Principles of IV 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2014, Chronic illness and disability: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, Australia.
  • Grossman, S & Porth, C, 2014, Pathophysiology: Concepts of altered health states, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


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


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