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Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care Nursing
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This unit of study further aims to support the nurses to develop their role as an autonomous member of the multidisciplinary health care team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders. Content covers the necessary in-depth knowledge and understanding of nursing and specialist knowledge required for palliative care practice of people within a variety of care settings and contexts.

Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care Nursing
Unit of study code 315
Availability Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
Pre-requisite 314 – Principles of Palliative Care Nursing
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Suman Kumar MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: A holistic approach to pain management a) evaluate the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the person along the palliative care trajectory Assessment 1: Online discussions x 2 10% 4, 9
Theme 2: A holistic approach to complex symptom management b) develop holistic person-centred management plans in a palliative care setting Assessment 2: Reflective essay (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Legal, ethical, cultural and spiritual aspects c) critically appraise the research underpinning complex symptom management to ensure an evidence-based approach Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Emergencies in palliative care d) examine the nursing management strategies associated with palliative care emergencies
Theme 5: Major challenges within the diverse contexts of contemporary palliative care e) discuss the major challenges faced by nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary palliative care

Advanced Concepts in Palliative Care Nursing (315) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care.