This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide nursing care to a person with diabetes including assessing needs, planning and implementing complex nursing interventions, evaluating outcomes, and educating the person on his/her condition and available resources.  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; - provided nursing care and management of 2 people with diabetes in the workplace including: - a person who has become hypoglycaemic; - a person who has become hyperglycaemic; - a person who is demonstrating signs of ketoacidosis.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to diabetes and diabetic conditions; - potential problems related to care of a person with diabetes and the following conditions - with the knowledge sufficiently in-depth and specialised to make considered judgements; - health promotion goals and their expected outcomes; - factors influencing self esteem of the person with diabetes; - issues related to diabetes care delivery and diabetes-related services, and; - underlying environmental and social factors contributing to diabetes in the Australian general population, including the factors involved with higher rates experienced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

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