Health Across the Lifespan: Chronic and Complex Care (10199.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| Bruce, Canberra
UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Nursing||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Increasing numbers of people being cared for in the community, acute and sub-acute settings are identified as having complex health needs. Complex care requires an interprofessional team approach to care and support people across the lifespan who need multifaceted long term or ongoing health and social support. The nurses' role as advocate, educator and leader in collaborative practice is critical. Understanding the narrative and perspective of people with complex needs and their families, is best situated in a partnership model approach. Awareness of intersectionality is also fundamental to promote and develop health and wellbeing for this population.
This unit of study explores holistic nursing care for people and families living with multidimensional stressors related to multimorbidity and or a spectrum of disadvantage. Nurse led, trauma informed conversations which support healthcare decision making inclusive of individual beliefs, priorities and preferences for care is critical for positive outcomes. Wellbeing, illness and dying are considered from multiple perspectives. Students are introduced to multimodal interventions to support people with complex health needs at different life stages, including applying palliative care principles and providing end of life care.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Examine the role of nurse as leader and partner in care to ensure a partnership model that meets the persons information needs and enables shared decision making;
2. Examine the relationship between political, socioeconomic and cultural factors and intergenerational experience of disadvantage and health outcomes;
3. Critically appraise comprehensive care approaches for people and their families that ensures safe, high quality end of life care;
4. Apply knowledge of pharmacology, polypharmacy and medication safety for people with complex care needs;
5. Critically discuss trauma informed care approaches for those impacted by multimorbid illness and complex biopsychosocial factors; and
6. Integrate primary health care principles into the care of people living with complex health needs in the community.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites10202 Concepts in Pharmacology OR 11964 Concepts in Pharmacology AND
11858 Comprehensive Health Assessment and Learning for Nursing Practice OR 10191 Foundations for Professional Practice 2 AND
10201 Concepts in Pathophysiology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Ms Sharon Stanton|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Flexible||Ms Amanda Mckie|
|2024||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Flexible||Ms Amanda Mckie|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Flexible||Ms Amanda Mckie|
American Psychological Association (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.). USA: Authors.
Chang, E & Johnson, A. (Eds) (2017). Living with Chronic Illness and Disability. Principles of Nursing Practice (3rd Ed) Elsevier
Harris, P,. Nagy, S., & Vardaxis, N. (2018). Mosby's medical dictionary of medicine, nursing and health professions. (3rd ANZ Ed). Elsevier
McCormack, B., McCance, T., Bulley, C., Brown, D., McMillan, A., & Martin, S. (Eds.). (2021). Fundamentals of Person-centred Healthcare Practice. John Wiley & Sons.
Pintz, C., Posey, L., Farmer, P., & Zhou, Q. P. (2021). Interprofessional care of people with multiple chronic conditions: An open-access resource for nursing educators. Nurse Education in Practice, 51, 102990.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items will be submitted online via the Canvas teaching site, unless specifically instructed by the unit convenor.
The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
- Student ID number
- Assessment Name
- Word Count
Student's names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submissions. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their assessment during business hours to ensure access to Student Support Services including IT Service Desk and the Library. It is important to note that personal network/computer/technical problems are generally not considered acceptable grounds or reasons for an extension to the due date. Students who are experiencing difficulty uploading a submission are strongly encouraged to take a screenshot of any error messages, including the date and time, and contact Service Desk for technical support.
Students must submit their own original work that has not been previously submitted for assessment at the University of Canberra. Self plagiarism is grounds for referral for academic misconduct. In this context the student is being assessed as an individual.
Students can apply for one (1) extension, to the submission due date for an assessment item, if the student experiences extenuating circumstances and are able to provide documented evidence. Additional extensions will not be approved. If the student experiences ongoing extenuating circumstances the student is encouraged to meet with the unit convenor to discuss their enrolment in the unit.
Students must ensure that when applying for an extension to the due date their application meets the requirements as per the University of Canberra Assessment Procedures. This means that students must ensure that when applying for an extension all required components are submitted to the assessment extension application prior to the assessment due date. It is the student's individual responsibility to ensure that applications are completed in full and in a timely manner.
In the event that a student experiences significant extenuating circumstances the unit convenor may seek guidance from the BN Convenor to support the student's progression and participation across enrolled units of study within the same teaching period. Please see the extension section of this unit outline and the dedicated page on the BN Canvas site for more information.
To pass this unit, students must:
- Submit all assessment items as instructed, and
- Attend 80% of scheduled workshops/tutorials, and
- Achieve 50% overall.
Special assessment requirements
Moderation will be undertaken for assessment items to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. Moderation processes are in line with the Faculty of Health guidelines and the University Assessment Procedures
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
It is strongly advised that students do not submit an assessment or sit an exam if they are ill or hold a current medical certificate. No consideration will be given for illness when the assessment or examination is marked.
In the event students are ill they are strongly advised to apply for an extension to the due date of an assessment, as outlined on the unit Canvas site and/or contact their unit convenor to arrange a deferred exam, prior to the due date of the assessment/exam.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level, and learning style.
Please note that as per UC guidelines, for each 3 Credit Point unit of study students should expect to spend approximately 150 hours per teaching period on both directed and self-directed activities in order to engage meaningfully in the unit content and to develop assessments for learning.
All Bachelor of Nursing students are expected to undertake a minimum of five (5) hours per week per unit of directed/self-directed learning (SDL), related to content engagement, assessment preparation, clinical learning, or revision, in addition to their timetabled unit contact (i.e., lectures, workshops, tutorials).
In nursing where PEP is a requirement for professional registration, hours expected for engagement and to meet the unit requirements are necessarily adjusted and may fluctuate during the teaching period.
Inclusion and engagement
Inclusion and Engagement
Any student with a reasonable adjustment plan (RAP) is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be required for PEP.
Students within 364JA Bachelor of Nursing must ensure that they meet the Inherent Requirements relevant to the profession of nursing – it is each students responsibility to read and understand these UC Nursing Inherent Requirements statements. For support in meeting the inherent requirements, please make a time with Inclusion and your Course Convenor
It is expected that students will participate in all learning opportunities in this unit. This is inclusive of all timetabled activities. Assessment items are linked to the unit learning outcomes, the NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and professional codes. Therefore, all students are required to attend and actively participate in all learning activities scheduled for this unit. Student can self-select their preferred classes via the Allocate+ system. All students are reminded that it is an ANMAC requirement that students complete their studies onshore, in Australia. This applies to both domestic and international students. If you are scheduled to undertake a unit of study in the upcoming teaching period and are experiencing extenuating circumstances preventing you from remaining on shore, please contact the International Nursing Student Convenor or the Bachelor of Nursing Course Convenor to discuss your ongoing course progression.
Students are expected to attend their allocated weekly workshop/tutorial (and seminar in INC units). It is the student's own responsibility to ensure they have read and understood the attendance requirements for this unit of study. Failure to meet the attendance requirements of this unit will result in a NN grade. In the event that a student experiences extenuating circumstances impacting on their ability to attend their allocated workshop the student must notify the unit convenor via the unit email and provide documentary evidence to support their absence.
Approved absences, opportunity to clarify learning and make up requirements – All units
Approved absences, supported by documentary evidence, will be determined at the discretion of the unit convenor, in line with the information available on the individual unit Canvas site.
It is the responsibility of the individual student to seek clarification if they have questions related to the content missed. In the first instance students are expected to post their question on the available discussion boards and await a response from the teaching/convening team or their peers.
Ongoing points requiring clarification are to be addressed in the available drop-in and/or make-up sessions. Students are also afforded the opportunity to contact the convening team via email@example.com as required.
Approved absences are not considered grounds for appeal.
As stipulated in this unit outline students are required to attend 80% of the scheduled timetable activities for this unit.
Where an approved absence is granted, the student will be expected to:
- revise any content missed, inclusive of:
- workshop/tutorial/seminar activities
- required readings
- Canvas activities
- attend available drop-in session/s scheduled in weeks 8 and/or week 12 or 13 in the semester.
- Students will be advised of the available session/s via the unit Canvas site.
If students identify further clarification is required, it is expected that they will attend a drop-in session/s available within the individual unit.
The theoretical underpinning of caring science is fundamental to ensure safe nursing practice. Completion of all learning modules, including directed and self-directed study, and active participation in workshops is expected. Participating in workshop discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and also supports the learning of student peers (see NMBA RN standards for practice 2016 Standard 2 and related criterion https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards/registered-nurse-standards-for-practice.aspx)
The following costs are expected with this unit:
- Self-printing of any electronic material provided.
- Potential costs associated with remote learning activities and/or assessments (e.g., reliable computer and internet connection).
Required IT skills
Please note the materials required for this unit section. You will require computer skills to access the internet upload to the Canvas university site submissions in various formats. This unit may involve online meetings in real time using a virtual room. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the UCLearn Student Help link.
Students undertaking units where there are assessment items conducted online are strongly encouraged to test their setup during the semester. Where support for troubleshooting technical issues is identified by students, students are encouraged to seek support from Service Desk.
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