Course Title: Apply principles of diabetic nursing care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5303C

Course Title: Apply principles of diabetic nursing care

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

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

Course Contact : Leeanne Mond

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:  Erica O’Donoghue

Ph:  9925 4299


Nominal Hours: 80

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 course is not delivered as part of the Diploma of Nursing (Division 2 - Enrolled nurse) program but can be delivered as a short course if sufficient interest - NIL PRE REQUISITES OR CO REQUISITES

Course Description

This competency unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of diabetic nursing care, building upon existing skills to enable the Enrolled/Division 2 nurse to provide holistic nursing care and maintain optimal health

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:

HLTEN611B Apply principles of diabetic nursing care


1. Provide diabetes care within the context of the Australian health care environment

2. Assess the needs of clients with diabetes

3. Plan diabetes care in consultation/collaboration with the health care team

4. Perform complex nursing interventions to assist clients in achieving and maintaining optimal diabetes health

5. Evaluate the plan of care for clients with acute and/or chronic presentation diabetes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Work with an understanding of levels of diabetes care provided in the Australian health care system
1.2 Apply an awareness of sources of funding for diabetes related services
1.3 Apply an awareness of implications of demographic changes in Australian society as they impact on diabetes related health issues across the lifespan
1.4 Recognise complementary roles of organisations and individuals involved in the support and delivery of diabetes care
1.5 Interact effectively with referring agencies and community organisations in providing diabetes care
1.6 Work with an understanding of the role of specialist services in long-term client care to achieve identified outcomes
1.7 Contribute to the multi-disciplinary health care team in the holistic management of client care
1.8 Work with an understanding of legal, ethical and health policy issues related to diabetes care delivery
2.1 Apply an understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetes
2.2 Address common nursing needs of clients with diabetes
2.3 Use a range of contemporary assessment tools, resources and strategies relevant to client care needs, accurately and in accordance with the health unit policy
2.4 Initiate holistic nursing assessment, incorporating review of previous history, current situation and treatment regimes
2.5 Determine client understanding of their condition, self management and medications
2.6 Identify possible factor/s or significant alterations impacting on client health
2.7 Identify level of knowledge and understanding of identified significant other/s and their involvement in client's diabetes care
3.1 Ensure nursing care plan reflects specific diabetic care requirements in accordance with health unit policy
3.2 Ensure care plan reflects client's current nursing needs and nursing actions designed to maximise client's function and minimise potential complications
3.3 Ensure planned care and therapeutic interventions aim to assist client/s to achieve optimal health outcomes
3.4 Discuss the plan of care with client and/or identified significant other/s, and other members of the health care team
3.5 Identify health promotion and client education sessions on the nursing care plan
3.6 Undertake ongoing case management or discharge planning in accordance with health unit policy and in consultation/collaboration with the health care team
4.1 Prioritise interventions for clients according to their needs
4.2 Reorganise priorities as required to reflect changes in nursing workload
4.3 Promote the partnership between the client and the nurse in implementing health teaching and self management
4.4 Administer medications safely based on sound knowledge of the principles of drug actions and side effects in accordance with health unit policies and procedures
4.5 Evaluate, interpret and communicate the client's blood and urine results relating to diabetes function to the health care team
4.6 Liaise with Registered Nurses and other members of the health care team about alterations in conditions and ongoing client support
5.1 Critically review the care plan and modify according to client progress toward planned outcomes in consultation/collaboration with health care team
5.2 Evaluate client understanding of their condition, ongoing management and therapies either prior to discharge or in accordance with health unit policy depending on the clinical environment responsible for care delivery
5.3 Assess client acceptance of health teaching and management of ongoing care needs
5.4 Assess and review understanding by identified significant other/s of the client's current condition and ongoing management
5.5 Ensure client and identified significant other/s are aware of available community resources and how to access them


Learning Outcomes

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes knowledge of:
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Cultural and spiritual beliefs and practices
• Culturally appropriate health promotion activities for clients with diabetic issues
• Factors influencing growth and development
• Factors influencing self esteem
• Issues relating to diabetes care delivery, including:
• impact of cultural diversity in models of health care in relation to effective diabetes care delivery
• political and economic issues impacting on diabetes care delivery within Australia
• client-specific diabetes issues across the lifespan relating to their individual physical, psychological, social, spiritual and economic needs
• Legislative requirements for practice
• Medical terminology relating to diabetes
• Organisation policy and procedure
• Participating as a member of the health care team
• Principles of health assessment
• Reflective practice
• Specialised in-depth knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology related to diabetes
• Specialised knowledge and execution relating to emergency care of diabetic clients
• Specialised knowledge in the clinical manifestations of diabetes
• Workplace health and safety legislation

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role
This includes the ability to:
• Apply relevant admission and discharge tools according to organisation policy
• Apply relevant health unit assessment tools according to organisation policy
• Apply cognitive processes to reflect problem solving and analysis in the planning implementation and evaluation of care to clients
• Apply organisation policy and procedure relating to diabetes management.
• Apply professional standards of practice:
• ANMC code of conduct
• ANMC code of ethics
• ANMC national Enrolled/Division 2 nurse competency standards
• state/territory Nurse Regulatory Nurses Act
• state/territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authority standards of practice
• scope of nursing practice decision making framework
• Demonstrate accountability for personal outputs and broad client group outcomes
• Undertake nursing interventions which may include:
• administration of I/M or S/C glucagon
• administration of S/C insulin and oral hypoglycaemic agents
• assessment, observation and documentation of clinical actions relating to the nursing management of diabetes interventions and emergencies
• assistance with meeting activities of daily living
• blood glucose monitoring
• client education
• emergency medications
• fundamental nursing interventions
• interpretation of blood and urine results
• medication administration and management
• monitoring of ketone levels
• pre and post procedure care
• venepuncture
• Use language, literacy and numeracy competence required to communicate effectively with client, group, colleagues and to record or report client outcomes
• Use advanced communication skills
• Use education and teaching strategies relating to health promotion and practical task applications for diabetic conditions
• Use information technology systems

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Overview of Assessment

This course is not delivered as part of the Diploma of Nursing (Division 2 - Enrolled nurse) program but can be delivered as a short course if sufficient interest

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Matrix

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Assessment Information

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Re-submission of assessment

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