nsg4chi chronic illness narratives




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will examine the illness experiences of people diagnosed with a chronic illness. Specifically, you will recognise the language of chronic illness and take account of individual's and family's personal meanings of health, illness and coping with chronic illness. Concepts such as hope, loss and powerlessness, as they are experienced by the person and family, are explored. You will also critically explore the role health professionals play in shaping the patient experience.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLiz Pascoe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in the following course: HMNSCO


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically reflect on current health care practice and recognise the language used to communicate with people with chronic illness.

Break down the language health professionals use to communicate with people with chronic illness by examining stories that people have written online. Illustrate, with examples from practice, the language health professionals use to communicate with people with chronic illness.

02. Interpret some of the ways that individual and family values, attitudes and beliefs impact on their adjustment to chronic illness.

Outline the illness journey that people experience from diagnosis of illness, ongoing care and survival or death, using relevant literature. Using relevant literature and practice experiences, recognise some of the common concepts that shape individual and family values, attitudes and beliefs about chronic illness.

03. Appraise the narratives used to communicate with individuals and families with chronic illness.

Focus on one concept such as hope, loss, powerlessness or resilience to explore chronic illness narratives. Illustrate one concept such as hope, loss, powerlessness or resilience, that draws on practice experiences and patients' written accounts of their illness journey, as well as from relevant literature.

04. Reconstruct how you may communicate better with individuals and families during their illness journey.

Reframes an episode of practice to consider how it may be improved and assist the person in their illness journey. Appraises your plans for changing practice and judging appropriateness.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Teaching Session 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLiz Pascoe

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning
One 150.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via online.
"150 hours of directed and self-directed online learning."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1,000-word written assessment plus one 500-word peer assessment task (or equivalent).1004
One 1,500-word examination (or equivalent).4501
One multimedia and digital presentation using specified media (equiv to 1,500 words) or equivalent.4502, 03