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Nursing Specialty 2 (Renal) (NURS90111)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90111
Term 3 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to promote advanced theoretical knowledge to support safe, patient-centred care for nurses practicing in clinical environments specialising in the management of patients with chronic kidney disease. This subject builds upon the knowledge and skills learnt in Nursing Speciality 1 and Nursing Practice 1 to consolidate and extend the integration of theoretical aspects of specialty nursing for advanced patient assessment, health management strategies and evaluation of patient outcomes with chronic kidney disease. It expands the student's knowledge with regard to the high prevalence and high risk conditions contributing to chronic kidney disease, the complexity of disease processes, treatments (including pharmacology), symptoms and symptom management, and subsequent nursing assessments, health management, and supporting technical skills. Students also learn how to anticipate, identify and manage patients with acute alterations in health, including recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient. There is a continued emphasis on scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice and further developing skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to work with people affected by chronic kidney disease to find quality strategies in specialty practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will engage in their field of specialty practice and demonstrate competency in the specialty through the:

  • Applying the core theoretical knowledge covered in this subject and its pre-requisites, Applied Pathophysiology and Nursing Speciality 1 to inform their nursing practice
  • Demonstrating advanced pathophysiology knowledge pertaining to acute and chronic kidney diseases and will be able to apply this knowledge to the assessment and management of a patient with acute illness;
  • Applying knowledge to assess and evaluate evidence-based research and guidelines to select nursing interventions for patients with acute and chronic kidney disease;
  • Applying knowledge and demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning skills to evaluate the effectives of nursing interventions.

Generic skills

  • A capacity to develop problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in verbal and written modes of communication;
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in verbal and written modes of communication;
  • An ability to critically evaluate research and implement evidence-based finding to inform nursing practice.

Last updated: 21 September 2019