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This subject is designed to build on the knowledge and skills learnt in Foundations in Cancer & Pall. Care 1 to consolidate and extend the integration of theoretical and practical aspects of specialty nursing for the beginning specialty Cancer & Palliative Care nurse.
It expands the student's knowledge with regard to the range of patient's encountered in cancer and palliative care practice settings, the complexity of disease processes, treatments (including pharmacology), symptoms and symptom management, and subsequent nursing assessments, interventions and supporting technical skills. Students also learn how to anticipate, identify and manage oncology and palliative care emergencies.
There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing beginning skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to solve patient management problems in specialty practice.
Students engage in field practice to address learning objectives focusing on relating the underlying physiological and pathophysiological processes to assessment data; differentiating the intended and unintended outcomes of therapeutic interventions in specialty practice; applying theoretical knowledge to technical skill development and evaluating the practice of caring for patients in the Cancer and Palliative Care practice settings.
Intended learning outcomes
Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their beginning specialty nursing practice through:
- the ability to integrate theoretical content covered within the subject to develop new knowledge that supports safe practice as a beginning specialty nurse in Cancer and Palliative Care settings;
- the ability to integrate knowledge and skills learnt in the subject to recognise and plan a response to patients experiencing alterations to health and wellness that occur in the specific context of Cancer and Palliative Care settings;
- the ability to understand and evaluate specialised interventions as described in the subject content to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care at the beginning level of Cancer and Palliative Care nursing practice;
- the capacity to use skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to apply knowledge learnt in the theoretical component of the subject to beginning level Cancer and Palliative Care nursing clinical practice;
- an understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;
- the ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand skills and techniques applicable to the specialist area.
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:
- a capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written modes of communication;
- a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
Last updated: 29 October 2019