NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1 (8)

This subject addresses the context and management of chronic and complex conditions from a nursing perspective with an emphasis on supporting the patient/client across the lifespan to engage with self-care management. It will examine the common features of chronic conditions to enhance the practice of registered nurses to support people. An appreciation of the social determinants of health and illness and how lifestyle choices relate to the persons ability to attempt to live with chronic conditions is essential for nursing practice.  The complexity of co-morbid chronic conditions and the impact of living with multiple chronic conditions will be explored.  Students undertaking this subject will negotiate mentoring from a suitably qualified health professional to practice advanced nursing competencies and if necessary negotiate with their employer to work in the specialty area for a certain time to meet their learning objectives in the subject.

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

Master of Nursing

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and experience as a registered nurse.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically discuss current and future roles and functions of nurses in chronic condition health care.
  • be able to analyse the impact of chronic condition/s on a person's sense of self, the family, carers and the community.
  • be able to apply and critically evaluate the concepts of self-care management.
  • be able to implement and critically evaluate nursing practice to support people with chronic conditions.
  • be able to explore and critically discuss the interrelationship between chronic conditions and the impact of co-morbidity on health.
  • be able to explore common symptoms associated with chronic conditions.
  • be able to explore the existence, appropriateness and availability of services to support the person who has a chronic condition.
  • be able to assess, plan, provide and evaluate advanced nursing interventions in the management of patients/clients in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Exploring the Contexts of Chronic Care Nursing Practice
  • Module 2: Common Symptoms in Chronic Conditions
  • Module 3: Supporting Chronic Self-care Management
  • Module 4: Co-morbidity of Chronic Conditions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS421 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Chronic conditions & nursing practice: case study
Wpl learning contract
Co-morbidities and enabling self-care management

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

A collaborative competency based learning contract will assist students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing practice.  Students undertaking this subject will be working in a clinical practice area where they will negotiate 40 hours (5 days) of supervised mentoring from a suitably qualified advanced practice nurse or general practitioner/physician.

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.