NURSING 3011OL - Palliative Care Nursing
Online - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 3011OL Course Palliative Care Nursing Coordinating Unit School of Nursing Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Online Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description Caring for a person who is dying can be an extremely complex, though rewarding experience. This course aims to provide the student with a better understanding of palliative care for a range of illness states but with an emphasis on cancer and the rationale for care. To enhance their professional development in this area of health, access to resources designed to support learning for all nurses caring for a dying person irrespective of their practice setting is explored.
Course Coordinator: Mrs Deidre Wurm
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Describe the history and evolution of different models of palliative care
2. Identify life limiting illnesses and contrast their trajectories
3. Examine specific structural and functional changes in cells, tissues and organs function in cases of cancer and chronic illness
4. Examine life limiting oncological and neurological disease states and appraise their treatment
5. Summarise the principles of pain and symptom management including psychosocial care
6. Discuss ethical, spiritual and cultural aspects of palliative nursing, including an indigenous perspective
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the multidisciplinary team approach to palliative care
8. Develop essential communication skills for palliative care nursing and outline self-care strategies
9. Discuss and review grief and loss theories and experiences of people and families with a life limiting illness
10. Recognise bodily manifestations of dying and discuss care in the last days of life
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. All The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. All An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6,7,8,9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7,8,9,10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7,8,9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6,7,8
Online LearningMaterial in this course will be presented online utilising MyUni, Articulate presentations.
The online delivery mode of the course offers flexibility and enables students to study at their own pace. However, due to the asynchronous nature of the course, it is highly recommended that students are actively participating in course material on a weekly basis so as not to fall behind in coursework. Where required online virtual classroom tutorials will be provided to support student learning.
To support students in learning content and to clarify any issues regarding assessment a number of face to face sessions will be provided (dates to be advised).
Blackboard collaborate can be accessed via a computer and there is an application for mobile devices that will offer flexibility of participation to students.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOnline lectures through MyUni: The content for this course has been reviewed and adapted from existing teaching material for care of people with palliative needs. The learning objectives, readings and content have been reviewed, adapted and presented in keeping with Level III courses. The online lectures will take the form of voiced over power points and Articulate presentations.
Articulate presentations – the School of Nursing has a licence for the Articulate e-learning authoring software program and has a number of staff that are expert in its use. The advantage to the student is the freedom to progress through content at their own pace while receiving in time support for their learning. This is particularly helpful for the nature of the content which will be available for revision across the semester. The School of Nursing has a purpose built e-learning room with dedicated PC access to training support software.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
- The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
- The minimum workload for this course has suggested hours of:
- • 1 x 2 hour lecture / week (Articulate presentations)
- • 1 x 1 hour preparartion for quizzes
- 1 x 2 hour reading / week
As the course is offered online, students can engage in content at their own pace, although it is highly recommended that participation in course content occurs on a weekly basis to avoid falling behind in course content
Learning Activities Summary
Topic Lecture Lecture 1 Palliative care History and Evolution of palliative care Lecture 2 Palliative care Models of palliative care Lecture 3 Life limiting illness Life limiting illness and illness trajectories Lecture 4 Cancer Cancer and cancer treatments Lecture 5 Neurological disease Neurological disease management in palliative care Lecture 6 Pain and symptom management Understanding pain and symptom management Lecture 7 Spiritual and cultural issues Spiritual and Cultural issues in palliative nursing Lecture 8 Multidisciplinary teams Understanding the roles of the multidisciplinary team Lecture 9 Grief and Loss Understanding grief and loss Lecture 10 Communication Essential communication skills in palliative nursing Lecture 11 Advance care planning Goals of care and advance care directives Lecture 12 End-of-life care Caring for the person in the last days of life
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting
Online Quiz Formative N/A 1 Online Quiz Summative 10% 2-3 Poster Summative 30%
(includes 10% peer assessment)
3-4 Case Study Summative 60% 5-10
ASSESSMENT 1: Online Quiz (Formative)
Online Quiz: an online quiz regarding the history and models of palliative care will be provided. Mandatory participation in this assessment will assist students in their understanding of broader aspects of palliative care nursing.
ASSESSMENT 2: Online Quiz (Summative)
Online Quiz: an online quiz regarding aspects of palliative care nursing will be provided. Participation in this assessment will assist students in developing the content of the poster and case study.
ASSESSMENT 3: Poster
Poster: a poster, 1000 word equivalent, will be designed on a topic that relates to one of the disease states (cancer or neurological disorders) presented during the course. The poster will be constructed to a specific size and style as outlined in the study guide. Students will have an opportunity for peer assessment of other students posters.
ASSESSMENT 4: Case Study
Case Study: a 2000 word case study based on palliative care nursing. This will be designed to include the key themes of:
- pain and symptom management
- spiritual, cultural and ethical issues
- the role of the multidisciplinary team
- grief and loss
- setting goals of care and advance care planning
- providing end-of-life care
No information currently available.
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
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