NURSING 3011 - Cancer Care and Palliative Care Nursing

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 3011
    Course Cancer Care and Palliative Care Nursing
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Bachelor of Nursing
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Alison Walsh

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All learning resources are identified through MyUni. Lectures and weekly modules are available for students through Myuni.
    Recommended Resources
    There are no recommended resources for this course. All resources are identified through MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Material in this course will be presented online utilising MyUni, online 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).

    MyUni 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 Modes
    Online 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 point presentations.

    Three face to face teaching sessions are available for student's to attend.

    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 1 hour lecture per week (online)
    • 1 x 1 hour preparation per week for quizzes
    • 1 x 2 hour reading / week

    Please be advised that the workload shown here for the time commitment breakdown for this course is based on the hours required if the course was face to face and does not include the volume of time students will spend on mandatory assessment items.

    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
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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 Outcomes being addressed
    Online Quiz Formative N/A 1 - 2
    Online Quiz x 3 Summative 30% 3 - 10
    Cancer patient fact sheet Summative 30% 3, 4, 8
    Case Study Summative 40% 5 - 10
    Assessment Detail
    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 x 3 : 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: Cancer Patient Fact Sheet
    The aim of this assessment is to increase your knowledge of cancer by creating a
    fact sheet for patients,- no more than 2 pages.

    ASSESSMENT 4: Case study
    A 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
    Submission of assessments is via Myuni. 
    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    Student feedback has been used to improve course content and course delivery and assessment tasks. Student feedback has also been taken into consideration to create face to face teaching sessions for this course.
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