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NUR2102 Chronic Care Across the Lifespan B

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Chronic Care Across Lifespan B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060301 - General Nursing
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Barbara Black


Pre-requisite: NUR1299
Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: NUR2101


The management of chronic health conditions is a growing concern in Australia and around the world. The prevalence of chronic conditions in all age groups is increasing, creating a growing burden on individuals, families, communities and health care systems. Registered nurses are employed in a range of health care settings where the provision of care, education, and management of chronic conditions and end-of-life care is provided. This course extends the concepts learned in NUR2101 Chronic Care Across the Lifespan A and prepares students for NUR2299 Chronic Care Practice.


In this course students will identify strategies for caring for individuals with a chronic health condition from prevention, disease management, and subsequent exacerbations from a person centred, community, family and health care service perspective. Students will learn techniques such as behavioural change, psychosocial support and health literacy to effect change and support the individual's self-management of chronic illness. Students will apply theory to simulated practice through assessments, care planning and clinical skills in caring for individuals with a chronic health condition.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply clinical reasoning skills and models of evidence-based care to work collaboratively with individuals with chronic conditions across the lifespan.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts in simulated practice to assess, plan and therapeutically intervene and evaluate care for people with various chronic conditions.
  3. Perform psychomotor clinical skills in relation to caring for individuals with chronic health conditions during health maintenance and times of disease exacerbation from assessment, care planning, support and education.
  4. Apply communication skills required as part of an inter-disciplinary healthcare team to support patient care and self-management across the lifespan


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing chronic conditions in health care and community settings through care planning, intervention and evaluation. 25.00
2. Development and practice of psychomotor clinical skills in managing chronic health conditions in health care and community settings. 30.00
3. Role of the nurse in collaboration with families, and individuals in preventing and managing chronic illness and end-of-life care 10.00
4. Apply in sumulation pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic management of chronic illness focused on individuals, families and communities. 25.00
5. Role of the nurse in applying health literacy concepts to patient education in public health initiatives to reduce the risk of developing chronic disease across the lifespan 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Chang, E & Johnson, A 2018, Living with chronic illness and disability, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
Lemone, P & Burke, K 2016, Medical Surgical Nursing Critical Thinking in Person-Centred Care, 3rd Australian edn, Pearson, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Australian Government 2014 Leading Types of Ill Health

Australian Government (2016) National Disability Insurance Scheme, viewed 15 February 2016: <>

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2013, Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2011-12,
<http://<>>.(AIHW bulletin 118. Cat. no. AUS 173. Canberra: AIHW.)

World Health Organization 2003, ICF checklist version 2.1a, clinician form for International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.
Department of Health (2017). National Strategic Framework for Chronic Conditions.
World Health Organization (2003),. ICF checklist version 2.1a, clinician form for International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 76.00
Laboratory 18.00
Online Lectures 12.00
Online Tutorials 13.00
Practical Classes 6.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Lab Attendance 1 1 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Medication Management Assign 50 25 09 Sep 2019
Lab Partic and Clinical Skills 50 29 25 Oct 2019 (see note 2)
Examination 100 45 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. 80% laboratory attendance is mandatory. External students will undertake this component during the mandatory residential school. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  2. Lab Participation and Clinical Skills consists of attendance and participation in lab learning and completion of defined clinical skills worksheets and psychomotor development activities.
  3. This will be a Closed Examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend 80% the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend 80% of the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Students must attempt all assessment items. To satisfactorily complete the Lab Attendance, Participation and attendance assessment students must attend the mandatory laboratories and achieve 80% (a mark of 1). To satisfactorily complete all other assessment students must attempt these the assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4).

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Proficiency Hurdle with Lab participation and attendance requirements by achieving a mark of (1) for each proficiency hurdle assessment.
    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has satisfied the Proficiency Hurdle but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted marks.
    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    CLOSED: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing and is benchmarked against internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
3. forms part of the professional accreditation standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through an external accreditation process.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. The dates and location of the residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( On-campus students can follow the Class Timetables ( as a guide or enrolled students can refer to their student portal and navigate to Student Centre>Self Service>Timetables>My Weekly Schedule.