NURS 7068 Chronic Conditions and Disability

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Tai Kwok Opens in new window

Description Chronic Conditions and Disability utilises an evidence-based approach to develop an understanding of pathophysiology, pharmacological interventions, and nursing care for people across the lifespan who experience chronic conditions and/or disability.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4785 - Master of Nursing Practice (Graduate Entry).

Assumed Knowledge

Primary health care, foundational knowledge of human biological sciences including human body
systems, basic concepts in pharmacology and pathophysiology and the National Health Priorities and the relationship to nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the causes, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic procedures related to common chronic conditions.
  2. Incorporate the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards to evaluate appropriate, safe, effective, and evidence-based treatments when caring for a person living with a chronic condition or disability.
  3. Analyse the best available evidence related to common chronic conditions, incorporating knowledge of regional, national and global health priorities.
  4. Detail strategies that promote a shared decision-making process in collaboration with carers, families, and individuals living with a chronic condition.
  5. Analyse evidence-based rationales to reflect on safe, person-centred care of a person living with a disability.

Subject Content

Concepts and principles of care related to chronic illness, disability and co-morbidity
- The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the relationship to primary health care
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Knowledge and application of the following concepts to inform professional nursing practice related to chronic conditions and disability affecting the endocrine, neurological and respiratory body systems:
o Genetic disorders
o Pathophysiology
o Pharmacology
o Diagnostic procedures
o Nursing management
- Principles of habilitation and rehabilitation
- Working in multi-disciplinary teams
- Relate the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
- Integrate knowledge of regional, national and global health priorities
- Unpredictable/Non-normative life transitions
- Change: transition and adaptation
- Defence and coping mechanism
o Wellness to illness
o Unexpected loss Sense of self
o Cultural sensitivity, safety and competence
o Diversity in human relationships - LGBTIQF
Indicative Case Histories:
- Disability - Intellectual disability
- Endocrine - Diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders
- Neurological - Epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson?fs disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia ? issues of habilitation and rehabilitation
- Respiratory? aged person with chronic illness- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 50 questions 25 N Individual
Report 1000 words 25 N Group
Case Study 2000 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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