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NS4340 - Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

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

This subject will examine the complexity of chronic illness, disability, rehabilitation and palliative care. It will focus on the development of a holistic approach to nursing care to assist the novice nurse to provide safe and compassionate care to those who endure chronic illness and/or disability, and require rehabilitation or palliative care. This subject is offered to the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students in their final year of study and includes an 80 hour clinical nursing placement to ensure students have recent nursing practice prior to graduation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss nursing strategies used in the management of individuals experiencing a range of chronic health problems and those with terminal illness;
  • Apply rehabilitation principles to prevent complications; maintain and restore function for those individuals experiencing chronic health conditions and disabilities;
  • Integrate knowledge of the psychopathological and pathophysiological changes occurring in individuals living with a range of chronic health conditions and/or terminal illness;
  • Describe and apply supportive responses to individuals and families experiencing chronic health conditions and those living with terminal illness through the provision of increasingly complex therapeutic nursing management;
  • Appropriately assess the client with a chronic illness or disability Recognise the need for a seamless transition of care between settings.
Prerequisites: NS4004 (ALLOW CONCURRENT WITH NS4340)


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Kristin Wicking
Lecturers: Dr Kristin Wicking, Dr Susan Edwards.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 80 hours placement
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (60%); online discussion board/wiki participation (pass/fail) (%); professional experience placement (sat/unsat) (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must complete and submit all assessment items

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.