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Principles of Palliative Care Nursing
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This unit of study is designed for nurses working in a variety of settings such as general wards, specialist oncology and haematology units, outpatient departments, acute care, palliative care and the community. Content covers symptoms control and clinical management guidelines used in palliative care, including various forms of pain, problems related to respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, wound care and the psychosocial effect on patients. Strategies are explored to develop nursing skills in holistic assessment and planning appropriate evidence based care to enable the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.

Principles of Palliative Care Nursing
Unit of study code 314
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

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Graduate Certificate in Breast Cancer Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care

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 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ashley Page 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: Introduction to palliative care a) demonstrate knowledge of the standards and principles underpinning a supportive care approach to palliative nursing care Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 2, 9
Theme 2: Special patient populations b) discuss the impact of disease trajectory and symptom management of patients requiring palliative/supportive care across the lifespan Assessment 2: Literature critique (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Quality of life c) critically appraise the nurses role in the provision of care for special patient populations Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Holistic care d) explore various strategies and models of care available for managing individuals with advanced disease in a range of environments and settings
Theme 5: Introduction to communication in palliative care e) reflect on the role of resilience, effective communication and patient and family education on the outcomes of care.

Principles of Palliative Care Nursing (314) 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.