This unit of study is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses working in a variety of musculoskeletal and rheumatology clinical environments.
The purpose of the unit of study is to examine inflammatory joint disease, assess clinical manifestations and explore contemporary management. Content includes physiological principles, assessment, diagnostic investigations, disease and nursing management and the role of the multidisciplinary team. Evidence based practice and research is explored to improve clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.
Nursing assessment and management of patients with inflammatory joint conditions
Unit of study code
PG unit of study
Oliver, SM 2009, Oxford handbook of musculoskeletal nursing, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Co-ordinated by: Robyn Manning
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
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: Anatomy and pathophysiology of joints
a) Apply advanced problem solving and clinical decision making skills to the care of people with non-inflammatory joint disease and connective tissue disease
Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2
Theme 2: Epidemiology
b) Critically evaluate current methods of treatment against best practice guidelines
Assessment 2 Quiz (20 questions)
Theme 3: Symptoms, diagnosis and classification
c) Identify options for nursing interventions and plan strategies for implementation of nursing care in light of best practice guidelines
Assessment 3 Case study (2000 words)
Theme 4: Patient assessments
d) Examine the complexity of working in multidisciplinary teams and develop strategies to optimize the role of the nurse within the team so that the outcomes for the patients are improved
Assessment 4 Short answer questions (2000 words)
Theme 5: Functional assessments
e) Reflect upon the nurse’s role with regard to values, skills and attitudes that are integral to professional development.
Theme 6: Pain
Theme 7: Medications and therapeutic intervention
Theme 8: Systemic outcomes
Theme 9: Multidisciplinary health team
Theme 10: Orthopaedic options and management
Theme 11: Education
Theme 12: Recognising and managing psychosocial impacts
Tier 1 = $2,035
Tier 2 = $2,345
Tier 3 = $2,725
Tier 4 = $3,275
*Fees are are subject to change without notice.