Explores nursing responses to changes in health status. 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.
- Introduction to chronic illness and disability across the lifespan
- Nursing, narratives and cultural considerations for individuals, groups and carers
Nursing care for individuals with chronic illness and associated technologies relating to:
- respiratory conditions – incentive spirometry, Oxygen therapies, CPAP
- renal, urinary and gastrointestinal conditions – catheterisation, bladder irrigation, nephrostomy tubes, ileal-conduits, ureteric stent, principles of peritoneal and haemo-dialysis, stomal therapy
- cardiovascular conditions – CPR refresher, management of cardiovascular risk factors (including hypertension, stroke, heart disease)
- diabetes mellitus – sliding scale insulin (BGL monitoring)
- dementia - management practices
- Intravenous fluid and medication management
- Concepts in chronic pain assessment and management
- Palliative care/end of life care
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify the influence of social determinants and cultural factors on health and chronic illness||Cultural competence|
|2||apply the principles of evidence based nursing to devise strategies and interventions to promote independence, wellbeing and quality of life for individuals with chronic illness||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate integration of knowledge, safe patient management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
|4||conduct a comprehensive or focused health assessment depending on the situation for individuals with chronic illness or disability||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
- Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2014, Chronic illness and disability: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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