NURSING 7139 - Haematology/Oncology Nursing II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course of study builds on the topics covered in semester I. It will enable the student to apply the concepts of epidemiology, pathophysiology and disease process to specific malignancies and how they are managed. Sub speciality paediatric haematology/ oncology care is also addressed; other specific areas will include nutrition and oncology emergencies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 7139
    Course Haematology/Oncology Nursing II
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Flexible delivery mode, 2 day workshop, weekly 1 hour tutorials via the online classroom
    Prerequisites NURSING 7138
    Restrictions Available to M.NursSc students only
    Course Description This course of study builds on the topics covered in semester I. It will enable the student to apply the concepts of epidemiology, pathophysiology and disease process to specific malignancies and how they are managed. Sub speciality paediatric haematology/ oncology care is also addressed; other specific areas will include nutrition and oncology emergencies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kate Cameron

    Course Coordinator: Kate Cameron
    Phone: +61 8 8222 2991
    Location: School of Nursing, The University of Adelaide

    School Office/Student Liason
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Apply the concepts of epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology and disease process in relation to specific malignancies
    2 Discuss effects of cancer, their potential impact on the person with cancer and nursing care to manage these
    3 Critically analyse the consumer perspective in cancer care
    4 Identify cancer emergencies that may develop from cancer or treatment effects and discuss how these are prevented and managed
    5 Integrate evidence based information on oncology nursing practice with clinical experience and understanding.
    6 Explain the impact of cancer in paediatric and geriatric patients and specific nursing management required in these groups.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3-5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed Texts
    Henke Yarbro, C, Wujcik, D & Holmes Gobel B 2010, Cancer nursing, principles and practice, 7th edn, Jones and Bartlett Sudbury, Massachusetts.

    Abeloff, MD, Armitage, JO, Niederhuber, JE, Kastan, MB & Gillies Mckenna, W 2008, Abeloffs’ clinical oncology, 4th edn, Churchill Livingstone. (online text via the Barr Smith Library)
    Online Learning
    Online Classroom
    The online classroom (OC) technology will be used for weekly classroom sessions during this semester. You need to familiarise yourself with this technology to become reasonably comfortable with using it prior to the start of the semester.

    Hardware requirements

    To connect to the OC you will require:
    • a computer – either a PC-based or a Macintosh-based machine with Windows or OS-X with Java
    • Internet access – there seems to be little difference between broadband and dial-up connections other than the speed of the initial connection. You will need to select your connection type when you first log-in.
    • a multimedia headset – it must have both earphones and microphone (These are available in computer variety stores for about $25).
    If you are going to utilise a computer and internet connection from your workplace, you need to discuss this with your employer. You will also need to establish with your workplace IT department if there are any firewalls that need to be negotiated to allow connection to the OC. If your IT department need further clarification on this they can contact your course coordinator.


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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered as a mixed mode course. You will be required to attend a two day mid-semester workshop. Participation in the online tutorials conducted each week is essential for learning in this course.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    While all students work at a different pace it is expected that study for this course will be approximately 24 hours per week of your time.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course content will include the following:

    1. Haematological malignancies and management
    2. Nutritional disturbances and management
    3. Solid tumours and management
    4. Consumer perspective
    5. Paediatric cancer management
    6. Cancer and the aged person
    7. Cancer related problems and management
    8. Pain management
    9. Oncological emergencies
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Due
    Portfolio of activities A Formative 0% 1 Week 4
    Face-to-Face Presentation Summative 20% 1 Week 6/7
    Case Study Summative 40% Week 10
    Portfolio of activities B Summative 40% 2-6 Week 13
    Clinical Learning Diary Summative Pass/fail 3-6 Week 12
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1
    Portfolio of Activities Part A
    Not weighted
    400 words
    Students are expected to submit a compiled document of portfolio activities from the study guide. They are encouraged to plan their work and complete activities on a week by week basis.

    Assessment 2
    Face to face presentation
    20%, 15min, 1500 word equivalent

    Assessment 3
    Case study – 40%, 3000 words

    Assessment 4
    Portfolio of Activities B – 40%, 3000 words
    Students are expected to submit a compiled document of portfolio activities from the study guide. They are encouraged to plan their work and complete activities on a week by week basis.

    Assessment 5
    Professional portfolio of practice – Clinical learning diary, pass/fail
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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

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