Unit aim

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.

Unit content

  • 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

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

  • Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2014, Chronic illness and disability: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs
Tutorial on-site 1 hr
Assessment
Case Study - Part A50%
Case Study - Part B50%
Clinical SimulationSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs
Tutorial on-site 1 hr
Assessment
Case Study - Part A50%
Case Study - Part B50%
Clinical SimulationSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Laboratory session 2 hrs
Tutorial on-site 1 hr
Assessment
Case Study - Part A50%
Case Study - Part B50%
Clinical SimulationSR
Notice

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Fee information

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