Course Title: Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5210C

Course Title: Deliver care services using a palliative approach

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99250886

Course Contact Email:renee.costa@rmit.edu.au


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Nominal Hours: 55

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

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.
You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above.
 

Course Description

In this course you will develop your awareness, knowledge, skills and values in contributing to the care of clients with life-limiting illness and/or normal ageing process within a palliative approach.
You will learn how to apply a palliative approach and respect a client’s preferences for quality of life choices. You will learn how to follow the client’s advanced care directives in the care plan and follow end-of-life care strategies. You will learn how to respond to signs of pain and other symptoms of discomfort, and you will learn how to manage your own emotional responses and ethical issues. 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPA301B Deliver care services using a palliative approach

Element:

1. Apply a palliative approach

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Differentiate between practices applicable in curative and palliative approaches

1.2 Apply the principles and aims of a palliative approach in caring for clients

1.3 Use an approach that reflects an understanding of the client's needs as holistic and extending over time, not just end-of-life
 

Element:

2. Respect client preferences for quality of life choices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Encourage client, carers , family members and/or significant others to share information regarding changing needs and preferences through a supportive environment

2.2 Respect client's lifestyle , social context and spiritual needs and document observations in line with care plan

2.3 Respect cultural choices in line with care plan

2.4. Support the freedom of the client, carer, his/her family and /or significant others to discuss spiritual and cultural issues in an open and non-judgemental way within scope of own responsibilities and skills

2.5 Refer further needs and issues to appropriate member of the care team in line with organisation protocols

2.6 Provide emotional support using effective communication skills

2.7 Demonstrate respect for the relationship between the client and carer
 

Element:

3. Follow the client's advanced care directives in the care plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Work in a manner reflecting understanding and acceptance of the legal and ethical implications of the need to follow advanced care directives

3.2 Consistently follow advanced care directives in the care plan in line with own work role

3.3 Comply with end-of-life decisions as documented in the care plan and in keeping with legal requirements

3.4 Report the client’s needs/issues in relation to end-of-life to the appropriate team member for documentation in the care plan

3.5 Recognise impact of client’s end-of-life needs/ issues on carers and refer to appropriate member of the care team in line with organisation protocols

3.6 Deliver services in a manner that supports the right of clients to choose the location of their end of life care
 

Element:

4. Follow end-of-life care strategies

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Regularly check for any changes on care plan that indicate decisions made by client have been reviewed

4.2 Provide supportive environment to client, families, carers and those involved in their care at end-of-life

4.3 Consider client's preferences and culture when providing end-of-life care according to care plan

4.4 Maintain dignity of the client in undertaking planned end-of-life care and immediately following death

4.5 Recognise any signs of client's imminent death/ deterioration and report to appropriate member of care team in line with organisation requirements

4.6 Recognise emotional needs of other clients, carers and their families affected and provide support when a death has occurred
 

Element:

5. Respond to signs of pain and other symptoms/ discomfort

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Observe client closely and identify pain and other symptoms in line with care plan directives

5.2 Document observations of pain and other symptoms and promptly report to appropriate member of care team

5.3 Implement strategies to promote comfort in line with care plan

5.4 Regularly evaluate and document effectiveness of implemented strategies

5.5 Refer to appropriate member of staff any misconceptions in the workplace surrounding the use of pain relieving medication
 

Element:

6. Manage own emotional responses and ethical issues

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Identify and reflect upon own emotional responses to death and dying and raise and discuss any issues with supervisor or other appropriate person

6.2 Acknowledge potential impact of personal responses on self and others and action appropriately

6.3 Accept need for bereavement care and support of other team members

6.4 Reflect upon ethical issues and discuss with appropriate person if necessary

6.5 Follow organisation policies and procedures in relation to managing emotional responses and ethical issues
 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the required skills and knowledge to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will develop the awareness, knowledge, skills and values required of a worker in contributing to the care of clients with life-limiting illness and/or normal ageing process within a palliative approach. There will be individual and group activities during classes, field visits and guest speakers. The Certificate III Aged Care includes two field placements with a total of 130 hours across the whole program and the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will be developed further through placement.


Teaching Schedule

WeekTopic
1Apply the principles and aims of a palliative approach in caring for clients, Respect of client preferences for quality of life choices
2Advanced care directives in care plans and end-of-life care strategies
3Understanding and responding to client need and responding to emotional responses and ethical issues


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to industry sources of information and provided with a workbook to complete throughout the course. You will also be directed to other learning materials and websites if required.


Overview of Assessment

In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this course. You will complete assessments to determine your knowledge throughout the course which ensures you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this course. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported throughout the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT; others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting.
 


Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks associated with this course, they are:
1: A research project needs to be submitted about a palliative care approach. Further details will be given in class.
2: There will be a number of in class activities that will be completed by you in class from a workbook that you will be given at the commencement of this course.
 


Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the Course Teacher

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet:
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Attendance:
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops and classes in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
Feedback:
You will receive verbal and written feedback from your teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
Student progress:
Monitoring student progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student Progress policy can be found at: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;IDvj2g89cve4uj1
Special Consideration Policy:
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment buy the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity website: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n
 

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