Nursing Therapeutics & Health Breakdown

Course code NURS1291Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Develops students' understanding of the factors that alter peoples' health and introduces the concept of nursing therapeutics. These concepts are examined in relation to infective and inflammatory health problems. Nursing tools for assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation of client care are used in simulated and real clinical settings.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Discuss the factors that lead to physiological and mental health changes;
2. Understand the dimensions of acute and chronic health breakdown and disability.
3. Apply the understanding of organisms and their culture to the collection, storage and handling of specimens;
4. Complete a comprehensive nursing assessment for a client with an inflammatory or infective process;
5. Analyse nursing assessment data to identify risks of health breakdown;
6. Use nursing tools to plan and evaluate care for clients ;
7. Implement preventive nursing activities;
8. Develop specified nursing skills and use these to provide care in the clinical setting;
9. Discuss continuity of care and the relationships between institutional and community health services for clients;
10. Apply an evidenced base approach to the assessment and nursing care of clients experiencing illness; and
11. Plan and implement care that reflects understanding of the impact of health breakdown, including psychosocial dimensions of the illness experience on the client and significant others.
ContentIntroduction: the nature of health breakdown, causes, consequences and outcomes;
Health assessment: history taking and evaluating health breakdown from presented scenarios;
Analysis of health breakdown: factors that lead to health changes including inflammation, infection, degeneration, congenital and genetic factors, neoplasia, malignant and non malignant, trauma.
Analysis of factors that lead to mental health changes: adaptive, maladaptive and pathological.
Care planning and evaluation of the effectiveness of nursing care; and
Environments of care such as clinics and hospitals, and continuity of care including home, community and health centres.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNURS1181 Foundations of Nursing
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsHealth assessment of a client and identification of health breakdown factors.
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Clinical portfolio
Note: Satisfactory clinical performance and mastery of specified core skills is essential to achieve a pass or higher grade in this course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Clinical: for 32 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Laboratory: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentNURS1171 Introduction to Health Clinical Practice
Immunisation record card that meets the NSW Department of Health Guidelines
Signed confidentiality undertaking