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Professional practice in cancer nursing

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This unit of study is designed to address the diversity of needs for professional practice and development in the variety of contexts and geographical locations in which cancer care nurses work. It champions contemporary evidence based practice in cancer care relevant to professional practice, reflection and critical thinking, leadership, communication, research, ethics and cultural sensitivity to name some of the key concepts students will have the opportunity to learn. Continual health system changes that affect cancer nurses and care of patients are addressed. Non-assessable activities engage the students as individuals in active learning within an e-community of learners. The unit of study refers to industry domains for professional practice for a specialist cancer nurse and supports the further development of a professional portfolio that aligns to requirements for annual registration as a registered nurse in Australia.

Professional practice in cancer nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study






Tier 2

Recommended text:

Aranda, S & Yates, P 2009, A national professional development framework for cancer nurses, 2nd edn, Cancer Australia, Canberra.

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 - Introduction to professional practice

a) Examine professional issues related to the provision of cancer nursing care

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Thinking, Learning and Teaching

b) Integrate reflection, critical analysis, evaluation and research to advance life-long learning and competency in cancer nursing practice

Assessment 2 Literature review (2000 words)



Theme 3 Research and Inquiry

c) Further develop knowledge, leadership and communication skills to facilitate a culture of practice development, multidisciplinary team collaboration and knowledge sharing for patient care

Assessment 3 Professional development portfolio



Theme 4: Leadership, communication and change

d) Explore the legal, ethical and cultural issues that affect cancer nursing care, including diagnosis, treatment options, the process of clinical decision making and equity of access to specialist cancer care.




Theme 5: Ethical issues and cultural considerations in cancer care






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.