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Unit description

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, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (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 
    • dementia - management practices
  • Intravenous fluid and medication management
  • Intramuscular medication management
  • Concepts in chronic pain assessment and management
  • Palliative care/end of life care
  • Preparation for PEP3

As part of this unit students will complete 160 hours of professional placement.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify the influence of social determinants and cultural factors on health and chronic illnessCultural competence
2apply the principles of evidence based nursing to devise strategies and interventions to promote independence, wellbeing and quality of life for individuals with chronic illnessKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate integration of knowledge, safe patient management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illnessKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4conduct a comprehensive or focused health assessment depending on the situation for individuals with chronic illness or disabilityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the influence of social determinants and cultural factors on health and chronic illness
    • GA7: 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
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate integration of knowledge, safe patient management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. conduct a comprehensive or focused health assessment depending on the situation for individuals with chronic illness or disability
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Chang, E & Johnson, A, 2018, Living With Chronic Illness and Disability. Principles of Nursing Practice, 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 978-0-7295-4261-6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Assessment
Exam: numeracy onlineSR
Quiz: online20%
Case study50%
Clinical skills30%
Professional experience placementSR

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours (9 weeks )
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Assessment
Exam: numeracy onlineSR
Quiz: online20%
Case study50%
Clinical skills30%
Professional experience placementSR

Teaching method
Laboratory session 3 hours (9 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 160 hours (Across session)
Assessment
Exam: numeracy onlineSR
Quiz: online20%
Case study50%
Clinical skills30%
Professional experience placementSR
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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