Management of Common Chronic Conditions

Subject 585-894 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Distance education
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2-day orientation session at commencement of course
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.
Subject Overview: This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in the management of individuals with asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, hypertension and ischemic heart disease. The course content includes the pathophysiology of these common conditions related to evidence based management principles and conducting health assessments. Strategies to involve patients in educational activities and the development of their management plans will be explored.

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, hypertension and ischemic heart disease
  • Describe the current management guidelines for these conditions
  • Contribute to a multidisciplinary team approach to care for individuals with common chronic diseases
  • Establish and maintain good linkages with community resources and services
  • Provide effective education and support in the management of common chronic diseases
  • Two 1,500-word case studies due mid-semester (60%)
  • Resource folio equivalent to 1,000 words due end of semester (40%)
  • Attendance at orientation session Pass/fail hurdle requirement

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and a pass in the hurdle requirement in order to pass the subject

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • further enhanced oral and written skills
  • further enhanced clinical skills
  • enhanced skills in effective teamwork
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing

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