Course Title: Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: NURS5292C

Course Title: Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact: Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Pam Maher

+61 3 9925 4299

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


This unit is delivered with HLTEN515B AND HLTEN502B

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required in providing palliative care to clients with life-limiting illness and their family

The knowledge and skills described in this competency unit are to be applied within jurisdictional nursing and midwifery regulatory authority legislative requirements. Enrolled/Division 2 nursing work is to be carried out in consultation/collaboration with registered nurses
and under direct or indirect supervisory arrangements in line with jurisdictional regulatory requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN511B Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care


1. Recognise the special needs of clients requiring a palliative approach to care
2. Contribute to the care plan for the client at end-of-life
3. Implement nursing interventions for clients with life-limiting illness
4. Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of planned interventions
5. Provide support and services to client and family at end-of-life and after death

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Undertake a holistic assessment of the client in consultation/collaboration with a registered nurse
1.2 Apply the principles of palliative care and the palliative approach
1.3 Work with knowledge of pathophysiological changes associated with a life-limiting illness and an understanding of the needs of clients with such an illness
1.4 Discuss with the client/family/carer the impact of life-limiting illness on their activities of daily living
1.5 Use an understanding of the physiology of dying to support clients and family as they experience the dying process
1.6 Ascertain and respect client needs in relation to lifestyle, social context, emotional and spiritual choices and document these in line with care plan
1.7 Support the client, carer, his/her family and/or significant other to ensure their freedom to discuss spiritual and cultural issues in an open and non-judgmental way within scope of own practice and responsibilities
1.8 Work with an awareness of psychosocial impact of palliative care on a client’s family and significant others
2.1 Develop an individualised care plan in consultation/collaboration with a registered nurse
2.2 Work in consultation/collaboration with other members of the health care team in providing care
2.3 Provide emotional support to client and family through effective communication
2.4 Address the legal and ethical implications of implementing advanced care directives
2.5 Monitor changes to advanced care directives as they are reviewed regularly by appropriate staff member and support implementation of these changes
3.1 Provide care according to the developed care plan, documenting and reporting any changes
3.2 Perform nursing interventions to manage activities of daily living or complications of life-limiting illness in consultation/collaboration with a registered nurse
3.3 Provide a supportive environment to the client, family, carer and those involved in end-of-life care
3.4 Ensure that information provided to client, family and/or carer is accurate, timely and respects the wishes of client and/or family
3.5 Document and promptly report observations of pain and other discomforts to appropriate member of staff
3.6 Support the dignity of the client in undertaking all activities at end-of-life as well as after death
3.7 Identify and report to appropriate member of staff any signs of deterioration or imminent death in line with health care guidelines
4.1 Modify nursing interventions to suit client responses in consultation/collaboration with registered nurse
4.2 Monitor and document client responses to nursing interventions
4.3 Evaluate, document and report effectiveness of implemented strategies that address client needs
4.4 Reflect on any ethical issues or concerns and discuss with appropriate person if necessary
5.1 Identify, access and/or discuss resources available for self, client, family requiring bereavement care
5.2 Refer grieving family to appropriate counselling resources as required
5.3 Undertake care of the body with dignity and respect taking into account the individual customs, culture, religion, spiritual practices and choices of clients

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

• Describe the skills and knowledge required in providing palliative care to clients with life-limiting illness and their family
• Contribute to care planning and implement interventions for those with life limiting illness

Details of Learning Activities



Power points

Group Work

Class discussions

Teaching Schedule

As per Student Timetable Matrix located on blackboard           

Lesson 1   Effective Communication

Lesson 2   Roles of Healthcare

Lesson 3   Conflict Resolution

Lesson 4   Open Disclosure

Lesson 5   Assessment Questionnaire

Lesson 6   Ageing Process

Lesson 9   Care plan Assessment

Lesson 10   Scenario

Lesson 11  ACFI

Lesson 12   Older Client - Complex

Lesson 13   Myotherapy massage lecture

Lesson 14   Dementia

Lesson 15   Recognise needs

Lesson 16   Symptoms of Palliative care

Lesson 17   Loss & Grief

Lesson 18   Last Rites.

Lab 1   Computer lab

Lab 2   ADL’s

Lab 3   Massage

Lab 4   Handover

Lab 5   Last Rites


Conducted in conjunction with HLTEN502B & HLTEN515B

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

                    Kozier & Erb's (2014)  Fundamentals of Nursing. Vols. 1,2,3.  Pearson: Australia     Tollefson ‘Clinical Psychomotor skills: assessment tools for nursing students’ textbook


Other Resources




Power Points



Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge for this unit of competency will be assessed via the following methods:


  • Class group presentation / Debate
  • Written Assessment
  • Clinical Placement

Assessment Tasks

            Assessment 1 Interview

Part A: Develop a tool for interview during class time
Part B: Interview a client during Clinical Placement
Part C: Undertake a peer evaluation via Turnitin following the marking guide provided
Assessment 2 Development of Care Plan

In groups of 3-4 as allocated by teacher, develop a care plan related to a scenario provided
Submit the completed care plan via Turnitin (Blackboard)

Assessment 3 Develop a Group DVD

In groups of 2-3 as allocated by teacher, you will be provided with a topic to discuss
The group topic discussion is to focus on ‘cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs of the dying and death process’.
The discussion is to be video recorded as a MP4 file and submitted via Turnitin (Blackboard).
Submission of references is to be included in the Turnitin submission. 

Assessment 4 Computer Skills Lab

Students are to undertake 2 tasks to demonstrate how technology is used to enhance nursing communication. This task will be undertaken in class (Computer Lab/Library) or off campus.

Assessment 5 Clinical Placement

Attendance of Clinical LABS & WARD DAYS for skills practice and/or assessment
Satisfactory completion of Clinical Placement as determined by the Clinical Coordinator


 Assessments undertaken with HLTEN502B & HLTEN515B



Assessment Matrix

  See assessment schedule matrix on Blackboard         

Other Information


Assessment Information

Please refer to RMIT assessment policy for, Special Consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments. (unresolved)

Additional Information

 Re-submission of written work, or other assessments, (once only, Excluding exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval coordinator


Plagiarism is a form of cheating in assessment and may occur in oral, written or visual presentations. It is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person, without appropriate referencing, as though it is your own:http://rmit.edy\


Is an online service, in to which teachers and students submit student assignments into a large database, via Blackboard, refer Turnitin website.

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