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TITLE Individualised Nursing Care 1

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides an introduction to anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, nutrition and nursing care in relation to disorders of the endocrine system including diabetes, blood disorders including anaemia and HIV/AIDs, and cerebrovascular disorders including CVA, epilepsy and meningitis.

It introduces students to pathophysiology of cancer, its treatment and psychosocial and spiritual impact on those affected by cancer and to the assessment and management of persons requiring palliative care.

It introduces students to wound care and the general peri-operative care of persons undergoing thyroidectomy, Whipple's procedure, mastectomy and prostatectomy.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study unit is:
- To provide students with an introduction to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and nursing care in relation to disorders of the endocrine, central nervous system, blood and reproductive system;
- To ensure an understanding of the care of persons with cancer including the physical, psychosocial and spiritual care provided;
- To provide students with an understanding of the specific peri-operative care of persons undergoing mastectomy, prostatectomy, hysterectomy and Whipple's procedure;
- To provide students with an understanding of wound healing and care of wounds; and
- To ensure an understanding of the elements of palliative care including symptom assessment and management and the ethical and legal issues surrounding palliative care.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to show an understanding of:

- the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and holistic care of persons suffering from disorders including diabetes, cancer, and neurological conditions such as CVA;
- the care of patients in the pre, intra and post-operative period in relation to the identified surgical procedures above and wound healing and wound care;
- symptom assessment and management in palliative care, including the management of chronic pain; and
- the legal and ethical issues surrounding palliative care.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- provide holistic care to patients with identified disorders, including cancer, hyper/hypothyroidism, CVA, epilepsy, meningitis;
- take appropriate infection control measures in relation to meningitis;
- provide holistic care to patients undergoing surgery over the continuum of the peri-operative period for persons undergoing thyroidectomy, mastectomy, prostatectomy;
- assess and manage symptoms in relation to palliative care; and
- provide evidence based wound care.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Barnoski S. and Ayello A. (2008) Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles Springhouse U.S.A.
Kirkhorn, L.E. and Banasik J.L. (2009) Pathophysiology, 4th Edition Saunders U.S.A.
Lewis, Hetikemper, Dirksen, O'Brien and Bucher (2007) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems. 7th ed. Mosby U.S.A.
Mathers D. (2007) Virtual Clinical Excursions Interactive software for Lewis et al Medical and Surgical Nursing. 7th Ed. Mosby U.S.A. (Workbook with interactive software - each student requires copy)
Skidmore-Roth L. (latest edition) Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference.
McKenny, L.M. and Hogan, M.A. (2006) Mosby's Pharmacology in Nursing, 22nd Edition Mosby U.S.A.
Pagana K.D. and Pagana T.J. (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 3rd Edition Mosby USA.
Payne S., Seymour J and Igleton A (2008) Palliative Care Nursing: principles and evidence for practice McGraw Hill U.S.A.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Please note that a pass in the Examination components is obligatory for an overall pass mark to be awarded.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Online Learning, Lectures and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination [See Additional Notes] (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) Yes 30%
Examination [See Additional Notes] (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) Yes 30%
Assignment Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Orella Muscat Simitciu
Maria Theresa Aquilina
Manuel Attard
Ermira Tartari Bonnici
Roderick Bugeja
Patricia Degabriele
Moira Grixti
Kevin Holmes
Maria Pisani
Roberta Sammut
Claire Sillato Copperstone
Rowena Sultana
Elisabeth Vella
Miriam Wubbels Cassar

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
CPD Study-Unit - MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

During Semester 2 of Academic Year 2017/8, the Department of Mental Health shall be offering the study-unit MNH4001 Child and Adolescent Mental Health to registered professionals in possession of a first degree, currently working with children or adolescents.

Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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