NRS543 Clinical Management in Palliative Care Nursing (16)

Advanced knowledge and skills in cancer and palliative care nursing for patients across the lifespan will be developed in this subject. Comprehensive health assessment and person-centred decision making principles will underpin learning in this subject. Management of symptoms with an emphasis on pain management and identification of oncology and palliative care emergencies will be addressed. Palliative care and clinical issues for the non-cancer patient with a life limiting illness will also be addressed in this 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 (with specialisations)

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Assumed Knowledge

Registered nurse knowledge and experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and appraise assessment and clinical decision making principles in palliative care.
  • be able to competently implement treatment modalities for palliation in the persons chosen care setting.
  • be able to identify oncology and palliative care emergencies and initiate therapeutic interventions.
  • be able to critically examine the palliative care and clinical issues for the non-cancer patient with a life limiting illness.
  • be able to comprehensively analyse the multiple sources of pain assessment and management.
  • be able to identify and analyse the pathophysiology of common symptoms in palliative care.
  • be able to identify, analyse and acknowledge cultural and social factors affecting palliative care.
  • be able to identify and analyse psychological and spiritual aspects of palliative care.
  • be able to implement palliative care management strategies in conjunction with the person and their carers


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Models of care.
  • Comprehensive physical and mental health assessment.
  • Evidence based practice in palliative care.
  • Implementation of treatment modalities in the person's chosen care setting.
  • Oncology and palliative care emergencies.
  • Non-cancer patient with life limiting illness.
  • Support for families and carers.
  • Pain assessment and management.
  • Cultural and social factors affecting care.
  • Psychological and spiritual aspects of care.
  • The role of palliation in the residential aged care and disability sectors
  • The recognition of and interventions for delirium and or dementia

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.