NRS390 Health Challenges 4: Complex Care (8)

This subject supports students to analyse and apply creative scientific problem-solving approaches to nursing care for people with complex health challenges related to stress responses, shock, cancer, ageing, and end of life. Students examine the pathophysiology of these complex health challenges and develop appropriate nursing care to enhance patient outcomes and assure patient safety. 

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Bachelor of Nursing


NRS274 or ( NRS122 and NRS123 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and link the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and nursing interventions for people with complex health challenges;
  • be able to evaluate the impact of multiple comorbidities on complex health challenges;
  • be able to plan, justify, and evaluate the nursing care required for the person who receives pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for complex health challenges; and
  • be able to explain and justify collaborative care for the person experiencing complex health challenges.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Alterations to health, stress responses and shock;
  • Module 2: Alterations to health and cancer;
  • Module 3: Alterations to health and the process of ageing; and
  • Module 4: Alterations to health and the end of life.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.