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NS2112 - Grief and Crisis Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject builds on the interpersonal communication skills developed in Communication for Nursing and Midwifery. The focus of this subject is the development of knowledge and skills to support those undergoing a crisis. Crises may be precipitated by a number of factors. Environmental, socio-cultural and developmental factors may all play a part in the development of a crisis. Illness can precipitate a crisis as the person loses some degree of independence and ability. The recognition of our mortality may also lead to a crisis. Those who are suddenly bereaved may find adjustment to the loss of a major person in their lives difficult.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the role of the nurse in the management of a patient in crisis;
  • Describe the grief process;
  • Outline the nurse's role in supporting those who are grieving;
  • Identify interpersonal skills required for the support of those in crisis; and;
  • Develop strategies for self-care while maintaining support of patients.
Prerequisites: HS1111 and (HS1005 OR NS1003) and BM1011 and BM1022 and NS1211 and NS1222 and (NS1012 OR NS1004) and NS1220


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Ms Janene Antney
Lecturer: Miss Natalie Cusens.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 0 hours
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (25%); assignment (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Examinations may be scheduled outside regular university examination period - refer to Clinical Ladder

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.