Nursing for Chronic Illness and Continuing Care

Unit code: HNB3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Real Time
HNB2008 - Contemporary Nursing C
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this unit students will gain knowledge about the experience of living with chronicity and requiring long term care. Students will employ models of care management for the individual across the lifespan, family and community. Students will actively engage with the professional and healthcare standards that guide the provision of safe person-centred practice consistent with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity. The principles of care for individuals across the lifespan will address habilitation, rehabilitation, supportive and palliation phases in chronicity. Advanced care planning, medical treatment, voluntary assisted dying and legislative requirements and legal and ethical dilemmas in continuing care and palliation are reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critique the evidence and models of chronic care informing nursing care and intraprofessional and interprofessional collaboration for individuals, family and communities;
  2. Appraise the person-centred approach in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of habilitation, rehabilitation, supportive and palliation phases, in individuals with long term or chronic illness across the lifespan;
  3. Exemplify the importance of engaging in culturally appropriate, safe and sensitive communication that facilitates trust and building of respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, other cultures and people of diversity and their families who are confronted with chronic illness;
  4. Appraise the pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines in management of persons with chronicity and justify decision-making and nursing management in the safe use of medications; and
  5. Critically review the core values and principles of continuing and palliative care, including therapeutic and intraprofessional and interprofessional communication, digital health approaches, legal and ethical dilemmas, and legislative requirements for end of life care.


For Melbourne campuses

The assessment tasks link to the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities for this unit. The four online weekly quizzes enable students to evaluate their understanding of the unit content. In the second assessment task students will work in a small group on a case study and present this as information to the class and then summarise their own contribution in writing. In the third assessment task students individually work on a case study with a care plan, drawing on much of the knowledge gained in the unit. The case study will focus on a different scenario to that of their group work.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online weekly quizzes (4)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 25%
Oral Group Case Study Presentation (10%) and Individual Written Work (750 words, 15%)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 55%
Case study with Care Plan (equivalent 2,000 Words)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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