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Nursing assessment and management of patients with inflammatory joint conditions

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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



Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

PG unit of study






Tier 1

Prescribed text:

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:-

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: 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.