This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care using a palliative approach in care environments such as hospitals, home and community care, hospices and long-term care facilities. This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines; - analysed health information and clinical presentation of 1 person to reach an accurate conclusion of possible palliative care planning and nursing interventions in consultation with a registered nurse; - provided nursing care using a palliative approach to 1 person in the workplace; - performed nursing interventions through the end-of-life stages to 1 person in the workplace, and; - in both of these cases, performed professional interactions with the family or carer.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - how to identify needs of the person, family or carers during the palliative approach to health care; - State/Territory legislation on advance care planning, advance care directives and notification of a death; - diverse cultural, religious and spiritual factors underpinning the persons choices at end-of-life; - ethical and legal issues related to a palliative care approach; - hydration and nutrition requirements during palliative care and at end-of-life; - pain management; - indications and contraindications for use of syringe drivers in administration of pain medication; - indications for intima sub cut lines for pain relief, anti-nausea and steroid injections; - impact of loss and grief on person, family or carers and staff members; - own role and responsibilities, and those of other team members involved in palliative care; - relevant organisation policies, procedures, protocols and practices in relation to palliative care, and; - relevant resources available to those requiring grief and bereavement support.

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