NUR2229 - Nursing practice contexts 3 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Katrina Recoche


Ms Judith Clayton (Clayton)
Ms Katrina Recoche (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in M2006 or M3007


The unit introduces students to the management of pain, oncology, palliative and end of life care, decision-making and psychosocial considerations.

Use of case based learning and the clinical reasoning cycle will enable learners to reflect on their own values about health, illness, dying and death. Students will explore a person-centred approach to pain, cancer, palliative and end of life care.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on key principles, philosophies and approaches that underpin the care of patients requiring acute or persistent pain management, oncology, palliative and end of life care;
  2. Critically examine the role of nursing as part of the interprofessional team in pain management, oncology, palliative and end of life care;
  3. Outline the pathophysiology related to pain, oncology and palliative conditions.
  4. Describe the use of pharmacological and evidence-based complementary therapy options for management in pain, oncology, palliative and end of life care treatment and the common effects experienced by patients receiving related therapies.
  5. Discuss the mental health considerations when providing care for individuals experiencing pain and receiving oncology treatment, palliative or end of life care
  6. Apply knowledge of legal and ethical considerations to advanced care planning, advocacy and guardianship.


  • ISAP Written Assignment (1,500 words) (25%)
  • Reflective assignment (2,000 words) (25%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)
  • Workshop, simulation and clinical learning environment activities & attendance (Hurdle 80% minimum attendance required for scheduled classes)

Workload requirements

On campus contact hours

2hrs Lectures/active learning

1hr Simulation activities (80% attendance requirement Hurdle)

2hrs Tutorials (80% attendance requirement Hurdle)

Off campus hours per week:

6 hours self-directed learning

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