Symptom Management in Clinical Practice


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.


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  • Trimester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion 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


  • Advanced 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

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational 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.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Introduce yourself blog

Online Learning Activity: Contribution to a ¿community of practice¿ (participation in the 5 blogs)

Written Assignment: Review of literature

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study

Contact Hours

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Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term