Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

NURSPRAC 710 - Palliative Care Specialty Nursing

30 Points

Not offered in 2020



Draws on evidence from biomedical and social science research to equip nurses for the care and treatment of palliative care patients. Students will be expected to integrate evidence from a range of sources and apply this to the practice of palliative care nursing.

Restriction: NURSING 730

Course aims and outcomes

Aims of the course
This course aims to give nurses the opportunity to extend their clinical specialty knowledge in caring for clients in specialty clinical areas. The focus is on 2 main areas:

  • Scientific concepts and pathophysiological process
  • Application of specialty knowledge and skill to client care

Learning outcomes
Within a defined area of palliative care specialty practice, health professionals will:

  • Apply an understanding of pathophysiological/physiological processes of specific disease states in palliative care
  • Demonstrate the care of clients with complex palliative care needs including client learning and the development of overall client health care plans
  • Demonstrate competency in the assessment of clients with a life limiting illness including the interpretation of diagnostic tests
  • Demonstrate advanced nursing skills in the management of clients with complex palliative care needs
  • Develop an understand of advanced nursing roles and their contribution to improving patient care
  • Analyse the impact of life limiting illness and the health care experience on the client/family
  • Develop an understanding of social, cultural, economic, and political factors related to nursing management
  • Evaluate the ethical and legal parameters of current nursing practice
  • Demonstrate understanding of applied science and the application of scientific concepts within the context of advanced nursing management
  • Demonstrate and apply concepts of caring and advocacy to clients

Assessment and course structure

Structure of the course will be 6 study days (3x2 day blocks) and 1 Clinical Viva exam day. 

Assessments Limit Weighting
Written Assignment
3000 words 30%
Written Case Study
20 minutes
Clinical Viva
45 minutes 40%

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