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Foundations of Haematology Nursing
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This unit of study is designed to meet the learning needs of nurses caring for adults and children with haematological disorders in a variety of clinical areas, such as general wards, cancer care, palliative care and the community. The content aims to broaden the student’s theoretical knowledge of the physiological principles of haemopoiesis, immune function and coagulation which underpin most haematological disorders and diseases. The pathological processes underlying common haematological disorders such as anaemias, coagulation disorders and bone marrow malfunction are examined and contemporary management strategies explored. Students are encouraged to evaluate their nursing practice against best practice guidelines and consider specific patient issues relating to diagnosis of chronic/life threatening diseases.

Foundations of Haematology Nursing
Unit of study code 312

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed texts Brown, M. & Cutler, T. (Eds) (2012). Haematology nursing. Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex. ISBN: 978-1-405-16996-7
Co-ordinated by Trish Lowe 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: Physiological concepts of immunology and haemopoiesis a) examine the key concepts of normal immunology and haemopoietic processes Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 2, 9
Theme 2: Common haematological disorders b) analyse the role of investigations in the diagnosis, staging and nursing management of haematological conditions Assessment 2: Short answer essay 40% 5
Theme 3: Clinical issues in haematology nursing c) explore predictable and adverse treatment outcomes for various haematological conditions Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
Theme 4: Patient experience d) evaluate the short, intermediate and long term biopsychosocial effects of haematological disease on patient’s quality of life

e) investigate the experience of patients and families with a haematological condition.

Foundations of Haematology Nursing (312) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.