Navigating the Cancer Experience (NURS5058)


This unit of study will examine the diagnoses and treatment of cancer as experienced by the patient and their family. Students will examine how culture, age, socio-political situations and health beliefs can influence the cancer experience. This unit of study will draw on a range of media (narrative, film, audio, images) that inform the understanding of cancer and haematological illness experiences. Interpersonal communication as an integral component of the therapeutic work of nursing will be interactively explored. Students will examine how our understanding impacts clinical practice and health care delivery, and will explore the interface between the social context of the lived experience of illness and that experienced within the context provided by current approaches to health care service delivery. Approaches to patient management within the total patient experience will focus on collaborative decision-making and the ways in which synthesised evidence informs patient care.

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four intensive, on-campus study days


2000 word essay (35%), online presentation (25%) and 2500 word essay (40%)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.