This unit of study focuses on the meaning and management of life-limiting illness, palliation and end-of-life care. Palliative care is a concept of care that is relevant across many different healthcare settings. This unit will examine a palliative approach together with end-of-life care, in the community and across a variety of healthcare settings. The most common life-limiting conditions will be identified and their management options investigated. Clinical guidelines for palliation and symptom management used nationally and internationally will be examined. The role nurses play as members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team delivering person-centred care, and their relationships with patients, families and other members of the healthcare team are focussed on in this unit. With a lifespan approach, person-centred care and communication in managing life-limiting conditions, and the notion of dignity as a core component of the nurse's therapeutic relationship will be explored in this unit. Dying, death, loss, grief and bereavement will also be explored within a global perspective.
13x2-hr lectures, and 8x2-hr tutorials
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline
48 Year 1 credit points and 36 Year 2 credit points and NURS3010