Nursing for Chronic Illness and Continuing Care

Unit code: HNB3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
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 people living with chronic disease and its impact for the individual families and the health system. 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 online quizzes enable students to evaluate their understanding of the unit content. In the case study written assessment, students will draw on the knowledge gained in the unit. Group presentation assessment will enable students to collaborate with their peers, share the knowledge they learned in class and present the groupwork in class.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online quizzes (3)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 50%
Case study based written assessment (2,000 Words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Oral Group Presentation (20 minutes)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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