NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16)

This subject will examine the complexity of chronic conditions, rehabilitation, habilitation, disability and palliative care. Integrating student learning, it will focus on the development of an holistic approach in the provision of safe and compassionate care to children, adolescents, adults and families across the lifespan who are living with a range of chronic and complex conditions and disabilities (for distance education students this will involve a 4 day residential school). This subject builds on previous subjects to build a body of knowledge which informs critical thinking, skill development and an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team.  Students will undertake an 80 hour workplace learning experience in this subject, which may be undertaken overseas.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS223. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course and Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).


( BMS291 and NRS122 ) or NRS293

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan nursing care for patients with complex co-mordities demonstrating rationale for how one affects the other (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 2.6, 4.1, 5.1, 9.4).
  • be able to conduct a comprehensive and systematic nursing assessment of a patient with a co-morbidity (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 8.1).
  • be able to plan nursing care in consultation with individuals/groups, significant others and the interdisciplinary health care team in the clinical setting (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 8.2, 9.4).
  • be able to use clinical data to provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based nursing care to achieve identified individual/group health outcomes (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 7.1, 7.4, 7.7, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3).
  • be able to evaluate effectiveness of care provided to individuals/groups and/or significant others (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 4.1, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2).
  • be able to explain and describe common physiological, mental health and developmental chronic conditions (NMBA 2.3, 2.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.7, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5).
  • be able to collaborate with the interdisciplinary health care team to provide comprehensive nursing care in the clinical setting (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3).
  • be able to evaluate and reflect on their own ability to implement strategies to lead teams and care coordination (NMBA 2.5. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Background to chronic conditions and health promotion
  • Module 2: Common Symptoms
  • Module 3: Wound Management
  • Module 4: Legal, ethical and cultural issues
  • Module 5: Rehabilitation
  • Module 6: Disability
  • Module 7: Health education for self management
  • Module 8: Palliation

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete a workplace learning component in a setting focussing on chronic and complex nursing care to ensure that they have relevant skills and experience in this area.

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

Tutorials and assessment of students through Clinical Skills Labs/Simulation.

Special Resources

Distance Education students will be required to travel to a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.