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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore

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, build upon and apply knowledge and skills, promote independence and wellbeing related to chronic illness and disability. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of comprehensive functional assessment and the application of pharmaco-therapeutics in chronic disease and disability.

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

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
1conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of individuals with chronic illness and/or disabilityIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2evaluate principles and strategies to conduct an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the client at home and in the communityIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practiceCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
4apply the principles of evidence-based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence and wellbeing for individuals with chronic illness and/or disabilityKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5critically analyse the principles of health education, health promotion, and primary health care.Communication and social skillsCultural competence

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

  1. conduct a comprehensive health history, including assessment of individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate principles and strategies to conduct an integrated and comprehensive assessment of the client at home and in the community
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate integration of knowledge, medication management, and nursing skills relevant to chronic illness and appropriate to scope of practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. apply the principles of evidence-based nursing to devise strategies to promote independence and wellbeing for individuals with chronic illness and/or disability
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. critically analyse the principles of health education, health promotion, and primary health care.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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