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NURS5006: Illness Experience and Nursing Care

This unit of study focuses on the ways in which individuals subjectively experience illness and care. The unit also introduces students to the qualitative research methodologies used to explore illness experience; a range of illness experiences are then examined. Attention is drawn to such factors as illness and the body, emotions arising in illness, issues of self-identity and social attitudes to illness and disability. With this knowledge about illness experience in mind, the nurse-patient relationship underpinned by the concept of patients as partners is then critically examined. Within a communication-based framework, students focus on ideas about therapeutic listening and use of self, as well as the concept of knowledge transfer as it is relevant to nurse-patient interactions. Students also engage with contemporary debates about the nature of nurse-patient interactions and relationships and explore the way these might vary in different health care settings, and with people from different social and cultural backgrounds, including indigenous people. These new skills are then applied during a professional experience placement with an emphasis on therapeutic and interprofessional communication.

Code NURS5006
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature of human experience, reality construction, subjectivity and meaning making, particularly in relation to experiences of illness
  • LO2. explore and articulate a coherent understanding of the range of human emotions and behaviours that can occur in response to illness across a range of contexts and diverse cultural groups
  • LO3. develop and demonstrate in clinical practice, the ability to communicate within interpersonal relationships in health care and to think critically about how these relationships might impact upon on patient comfort, health outcomes and family experience
  • LO4. develop and demonstrate in clinical practice, beginning skills in therapeutic listening to foster engagement, promote empathy and to respond appropriately to the communication needs of specific patient groups
  • LO5. identify and critically analyse published qualitative research articles demonstrating a variety of methodological approaches