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This subject provides a foundation for understanding the pathologic basis of disease across the lifespan.
It equips learners with the knowledge and skills required to explain assessment data and prioritise patient care in a specialty area of practice based on scientific principles.
Core pathophysiological concepts covered will include: cellular responses to stress; adaptation, injury and death; acute and chronic inflammation; tissue renewal and repair; infection; neoplasia; haemodynamic, genetic and immune system disorders and genetic predisposition to disease.
Using a case study based approach, learners will be provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge
in one or more of the following specialty areas of nursing practice.
- Paediatric Intensive Care
- Neonatal Intensive Care
- Critical Care
- Emergency Care
- Rural Critical Care
- Oncology and Palliative Care
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- Describe the influence of heredity, environment and age on core pathophysiological concepts and consider implications for assessment and planning patient care;
- Explain the origins of deviations in normal physiological parameters and discuss the evidence regarding their effect on patient outcomes;
- Correctly interpret and understand physiological data in the context of pathophysiology and identify implications for monitoring health status and delivering evidence-based nursing interventions;
- Analyse how different pathophysiological processes evolve with disease progression and contribute to clinical complexity; and
- Apply core pathophysiological concepts to understand assessment data and prioritise care.
- 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 translate new knowledge learned to nursing practice; and
- An ability to critically evaluate research and implement evidence-based finding to inform nursing practice.
Last updated: 11 February 2021