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|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Off campus (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) & field practice.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 54 hours on-campus lectures and tutorials. Field practice component of a minimum of 300 hours |
Total Time Commitment: Students are expected to devotes approximately 13.5 hours per week to this subject, plus field practice.
|Prerequisites:||NBV Registration (Unrestricted)Students must be employed at an affiliated clinical agency and provide documentation of clinical support arrangements necessary to undertake the professional practice portfolio prior to enrolment.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
|Subject Overview:||This subject is designed to promote development of foundational theoretical knowledge to support safe practice as a beginning level specialty nurse in the clinical environment of Cancer & Palliative Care. |
Key content relates to understanding the pathophysiology of cancer and carcinogenesis, and the principles of cure, control, symptom management and palliation. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation will be described as core treatments and elements of a multi-modal approach. The impact of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and survivorship on the person confronted with a life threatening illness and their family, as well as the ethico-legal aspects of care will be explored. Emphasis is placed on health assessment for implementing and evaluating physical and psychosocial care across the disease trajectory. Throughout the subject the development of knowledge and skills in therapeutic communication will be promoted.
Interventions initiated by nurses at a beginning level of specialty practice will be described in terms of the research evidence underpinning practice and the technical knowledge that is a pre-requisite for skill development. Students engage in field practice to address learning objectives focussing on the application of theoretical knowledge to skill development and the practice of caring for patients in the cancer and palliative care practice setting.
|Assessment:||Theoretical Component 60% 1. Problem solving exercise equivalent to 2500 words due week 8 (30%)2. Critical analysis of communication skill equivalent to 2,500 words due at end of semester (30%)Clinical Component 40%3. A professional practice portfolio which must include evidence of clinical competency achievement and is equivalent to 3,000 words due by the end of semester (40%) Students must achieve a pass in both the theoretical and clinical component in order to pass the subject.|
|Recommended Texts:||A list of recommended texts will be supplied to students on enrolment in the subject.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their beginning specialty nursing practice through: |
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:
|Links to further information:||http://www.nursing.unimelb.edu.au|
|Notes:||Level: 4th year |
This subject has a multi-media tutorial component delivered via the University's on-line Learning Management System (LMS). Students must have access to appropriate computer facilities and the Internet.
The minimum computer hardware and software specifications for the subject are consistent with the University's guidelines on the expected standard of computer equipment (http://www.unimelb.edu.au/student/CompStd.htm):
No special computer skills are required. Students are required to have skills consistent with the University's Statement of "Basic Expectations of Student Computer Skills" : http://www.infodiv.unimelb.edu.au/stuskills.html which includes basic knowledge of computer operating systems, word-processing skills, email use, and the internet. Specifically students need to be able to write, edit and save an essay on the computer and be competent in the use of standard WWW browsers and should be able to use information searching techniques.
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