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NU7019 Advancing the Professional Role Nurse Prescriber Certificate (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • Develop sensitivities and skills in the provision of holistic patient care within the social, cultural and institutional context across the lifespan.
  • Discuss the concept of family support and develop and understanding of family systems theory.
  • Evaluate and discuss the importance of interpersonal skills when communicating with patients, families and other team members.
  • Distinguish the factors that influence communication between the person who is dying and other team members.
  • Appreciate disciplinary specific contributions to the collaborative work of the palliative acre team in meeting the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the person who is dying and their families.
  • Identify the spiritual dimensions for the dying person’s experience and the implications of these for an interdisciplinary model of for palliative care practice.
  • Identify the clinical relevance of cultural issues and their implications for Palliative Care provision.
  • Consider the impact of progressive illness, death and bereavement of people who are dying and their significant other(s).
  • Identify strategies for supporting children, adolescents and adults during progressive illness, the dying process, death and bereavement.
  • Reflect critically on the impact of progressive illness, death and bereavement on members of the interdisciplinary team.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Throughout this module and beyond, participants are encouraged to examine and explore psychological, spiritual, emotional, cultural and social factors in caring for individuals who are dying and the bereaved. The psychological well being of a person has considerable impact on their physical functioning and social well-being. In the context of holistic Palliative Care, a direct relationship between pain and symptom management and psychosocial care is essential. Psychosocial Palliative Care is considered in unison with pain and symptom management.

The aims of this module are

  • To enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding of the psychological, social, cultural, spiritual, ethical and legal aspects of care in the care of individuals who are dying and bereaved.
  • To enable the students to develop additional skills and attitudes appropriate to working in partnership with individuals who are dying and are bereaved.
  • To advance the student’s ability to work collaboratively with other members of the inter disciplinary team

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.