Unit aim

Examines nursing responses to health breakdown in the context of chronic illness. Students will apply knowledge of the physiological stressors and responses, with an emphasis on causal relationships between aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations and pharmacological therapy to manage consumer presentations. As part of this unit students will complete 120 hours of professional placement.

Unit content

  • Introduction to human responses to health breakdown across the lifespan
  • Aetiology, pathophysiology and clinical manifestations and pharmacological therapy of
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
    • Renal health
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Central nervous system
    • Skin and wound
    • Endocrine
  • Presentation of chronic pain
  • Mental health as a co-morbidity
  • Cognitive and physical disability as a co-morbidity
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health empowerment

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 120 hrs
Assessment
Numeracy examSR
Presentation40%
Exam: closed book60%
Professional experience placementSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 120 hrs
Assessment
Numeracy examSR
Presentation40%
Exam: closed book60%
Professional experience placementSR

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 120 hrs
Assessment
Numeracy examSR
Presentation40%
Exam: closed book60%
Professional experience placementSR
Notice

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Fee information

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