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This subject is designed to promote development of foundational theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient centred practice as a beginning level specialty nurse in the clinical environment of Cancer & Palliative Care. Key content relates to understanding the pathophysiology of cancer and carcinogenesis, and the principles of cure, control, symptom management and palliation. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation will be described as core treatments and elements of a multi-modal approach. The physical and psychosocial impacts of diagnosis and treatment on patients and their family are explored, as are opportunities to develop knowledge and skills to enhance the experience of survivors. Essential skills to support people
affected by a life threatening illness, as well as the ethico-legal aspects of care will be explored. Emphasis is placed on health assessment; implementing and evaluating patient-centred care through the delivery of evidence based nursing interventions across the disease trajectory. Throughout the subject knowledge and skills in therapeutic communication are embedded. Interventions initiated by nurses at a beginning level of specialty practice will be described in terms of evidence available to underpin practice and the pre-requisite technical knowledge to support skill development.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should demonstrate theoretical knowledge in specialist cancer and palliative care nursing by:
- Integrating core principles covered in this subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology, to establish a foundational knowledge of the impact of treatment on the disease trajectory and management of the person affected by cancer.
- Incorporating knowledge learnt in the subject to recognise and plan an evidence based intervention for patients experiencing alterations to health and wellness that occur in the specific context of cancer or palliative care;
- Demonstrating the capacity to problem-solve, think critically and promote rational inquiry when provided with a clinical scenario ;
- Demonstrating skills in communication and reflective practice as it applies to the cancer and/or palliative context.
- Identifying the role of resilience, effective communication and patient and family education on the outcomes of care.
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and graduate coursework student:
- The capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication;
- The capacity to manage competing demands on time.
- The capacity to consider local, national and international community issues as they relate to health professionals;
- Skills to identify and review evidence as it relates to problem solving in clinical practice
Last updated: 18 December 2020