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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.

Haematology Nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 2

Prescribed text:

Brown, M & Cutler, T (eds) 2012, Haematology nursing, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex.

Co-ordinated by: Musette Healey MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not 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 and principles of diagnostic   investigations

a) Examine the key concepts of normal immunology and haemopoietic processes

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Common haematological disorders

b) Interpret clinical assessment findings and discuss the role of common investigations in the diagnosis and staging of haematological diseases

Assessment 2 Short essays (2000 words)



Theme 3: Patient experience

c) Differentiate expected and adverse treatment outcomes using clinical decision making skills for a range of haematological conditions

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Clinical issues in haematology nursing

d) Evaluate the biopsychosocial effects of haematological disease and the longer term effects of treatment on patient’s quality of life





e) Reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs in relation to the care of a patient with haematological disease and differing cultural and social experiences




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.