Symptom Management in Clinical Practice

Course code NURS6450Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course examines the role of advanced practice nurses in supporting people and their families in the management of symptoms. Students will explore theoretical perspectives related to symptoms and their management; the patient and family experience of symptoms; the evidence base for nursing responses to the management of symptoms; and, the contribution nursing makes to the interprofessional management of chronic and /or complex conditions.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Appreciate that supporting people to manage acute and chronic symptoms is a central element of nursing practice
2. Differentiate between beginning nurse and advanced practice nurse functions and activities in symptom management
3. Evaluate theoretical perspectives of symptom management
4. Identify the relationship between nursing response to symptom management and client and system outcomes
5. Apply nursing and other frameworks to clinical practice situations
6. Justify nursing responses to selected symptoms/clusters of symptoms
7. Demonstrate academic literacy skills commensurate with post graduate study
ContentAdvanced nursing practice and symptom/symptom cluster management
Nursing responses to acute, short term symptoms and long term conditions
Theoretical frameworks for symptom management
Models of care for effective symptom management
The experience and impact of symptoms on patients, families and communities
Research and evidence based practice related to symptom management
Evaluation of symptom management
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundational nursing knowledge: nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice.

Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues.

Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssays
Other: (please specify)Online Group Discussions
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6450