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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 N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ashley Page MACN

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 & symptom management a) evaluate the physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of patients with life-limiting illness in order to develop holistic, patient centred management plans Assessment 1: Online discussions x 2 10% 4, 9
Theme 2: Emergencies in palliative care b) critically examine the research that underpins complex symptom management for patients with life limiting illnesses, to ensure evidence-based treatment choices, and provide informed patient and family education Assessment 2: Reflective essay (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Legal, ethical, culture, religious and spirituality aspects of quality palliative care c) outline the signs and symptoms, and clinical presentations associated with palliative care emergencies and discuss the nursing management strategies Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Complex issues within palliative care d) discuss the major challenges facing nurses working within the diverse contexts of contemporary palliative care
Theme 5: Looking after yourself e) critically reflect on own values and attitudes in relation to the legal, ethical and cultural issues associated with palliative care.

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

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

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