Course Title: Provide nursing care for clients requiring palliative care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Program Coordinator


Ph; +61 03 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

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

Classroom teacher delivery

Group work

Self directed learning


Laboratory work

Completion of workbooks


Clinical Placement (100% compulsory Attendance)

Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1 Effective Communication

Lesson 2 Roles of Healthcare

Lesson 3 Conflict resolution

Lesson 4 Open Disclosure

Lesson 5 Formation of Assessment Questionnaire

Lesson 6 Theory of Ageing

Lesson 7 Disease Process

Lesson 8 Activities of Daily Living

Lesson 9 Older Client

Lesson 10 Class Care Planning

Lesson 11 ACFI

Lesson 12 Complex

Lesson 13 Class discussion Care plan

Lesson 14 Dementia

Lesson 15 Recognise the needs of Palliative client

Lesson 16 Symptoms of palliative care

Lesson 17 Loss and grief

Lesson 18 Last Rites

Lesson 18A Pain and end of life

Lab 1: Computer Lab (Correct nursing uniforms must be worn in all Clinical labs)

Lab 2 : Part A. ADL’s Part 2. Nutrition

Lab 3: Massage

Lab 4: Handover

Lab 5: Pain and Last rite

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kozier and Erb's, Fundamentals of Nursing,(2014) 3rd Ed. Pearson:Australia (3 book set)


Other Resources


Professional Journals

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 in this course include HLTEN502B and HLTEN515B and includes:

Assessment 1: Interview a Resident during Clinical Placement - Written Reflection

Assessment 2:Group work - Video Presentation of Palliative topic

Assessment 3: This course is also assessed through clinical Practice

Each assessment will be deemed Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory

In order to be assessed as Competent in the cluster, you must be assessed as Satisfactory in ALL assessments

You are expected to attend all classes, Compulsory Labs and Compulsory Clinical Placement

Assessment Matrix

See assessment matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available for this course. Refer:

Re submission of Assessment

Re submission of written work for students who have attempted to undertake assessment and attended all lab session may be given a further opportunity to demonstrate competency.

Re submission may be granted on the recommendation of the teacher to the program coordinator.

Practical assessment may have a second attempt only.

Please refer to the RMIT assessment policies for special consideration, extensions of time, equitable assessment arrangements and future assessment adjustments:


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