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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2006 - 2007

Module Title Contexts & Concepts people with cancer
Module Code NS517
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Eileen CourtneyOffice NumberH233
Level 5 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
This specialist theoretical module provides an opportunity to broaden students' knowledge of the context in which oncology nursing practice happens. It also introduces key concepts in oncology, drawing on the wide range of issues that are pertinent to oncology nurses. Module Aims: 7To critically evaluate biological/psychological/sociological models of health, illness and health care in relation to people with cancer. 7To critically evaluate cancer pathophysiology and epidemiology 7To critically evaluate the role of the nurse in the care of people with cancer in a variety of settings

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module and following a period of personal study students will be able to: 7Critically discuss the biological basis of cancer (including explanations of carcinogenesis, neoplastic classification systems, cell cycle properties the metastatic process, hereditary and genetic issues) 7Evaluate the use of appropriate terminology and classification 7Critically evaluate psychological and sociological perspectives in caring for people with cancer and the implications for nursing practice 7Critically review health and social policy, including implementation strategies, in respect of cancer services 7Critically analyse statutory and voluntary service provision for people with cancer, from macro-level health/social policy influences through to the local point of patient contact 7Critically analyse the appropriate settings for the delivery of cancer care, e.g., institutional, primary care, home-based care 7Critically analyse the interface between people with cancer and their carers and service providers, including the role of voluntary organisations

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 150

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
·Implications and examination of international and national health strategies (e.g. National Cancer Strategy) and cancer prevention strategies, (e.g. revised European Code against Cancer). ·Examination of the role of agencies such as National Cancer Forum, World Health Organisation, and National Cancer Institute. ·Health promotion, cancer prevention in primary care, secondary and tertiary care. ·Cancer epidemiology and screening- incidence prevalence of specific cancers ·Sociological perspectives on health inequalities, particularly the relationship between socio-economic factors and health related to cancer risks. ·Cancer pathophysiology, carcinogenesis, manifestations of cancer (signs & symptoms) interpreting theoretical knowledge and clinical data. ·Heriditary, genetic and other risk factors for cancer. ·Issues around screening for cancers ·Diagnosis and staging of cancer. ·The impact of a cancer diagnosis on patient, family and wider community-exploring the emerging chronicity of cancer and survivorship. ·Patients' and carers' experience of cancer care, models of patient/carer advocacy, including voluntary sector initiatives such as the hospice movement. ·The concept of partnership amongst service users, carers and health professionals including frameworks and models of service delivery in cancer care. ·Philosophical and ethical issues in providing health care to people with cancer.
Continuous Assessment60% Examination Weight40%
Indicative Reading List
Essential: Corner, J & Bailey, C (2001) Cancer nursing: care in context. Oxford : Blackwell Science Department of Health (1996) Cancer Services in Ireland: A National Strategy, Dublin, Government Publications. Kearney, N., Richardson, A., Giuilio, P., (2000). Cancer Nursing Practice. Churchill Livingstone. King R (2000) Cancer Biology 2nd edition, Harlow, England, Prentice Hall National Cancer Registry (2003) Cancer in Ireland 1994-2002, Incidence, Mortality, Treatment & Survival, National Cancer Registry, Cork. Otto S (2001) Oncology Nursing (4th Ed) Missouri, Mosby Stewart BW & Kleihues P (eds) (2003) World Cancer Report Lyon., IARC Press Supplementary: Adami, H.-O., Hunter, D., & Trichopoulos, D. (eds) (2002) Textbook of cancer epidemiology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Department of Health & Children (2002) The National Health Promotion Strategy 2000 - 2005, Dublin, DoHC. Department of Health (2000) The National Health Service Cancer Plan, London, Department of Health. Department of Health and Children (2001) Primary Care: A New Direction, Dublin, Government Publications. Department of Health and Children (2001) Quality and Fairness: A Health System for You, Dublin, DoHC. De Vita, V., Hellman, S., Rosenberg, S., (2001) Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. U.S.A. Lippincott. Hughes, J (1999) Cancer and Emotion: Practical Guide to Psycho-oncology. Wiley and Sons. Kelleher C, Nic Gabhann S & Friel S (2003) The National Health & Lifestyle Surveys (Phase 2) Dublin, Health Promotion Unit, DoHC, CHPS, NUI, Galway, & DPHME, University College Dublin. Redmond HP (2002) Preparation of National Cancer Strategy 2003, Dublin, National Cancer Forum. Rhatigan A Dr (2002) International Review of Cancer Strategies and Services, Dublin, CMO's Office, DoHC. Stewart B & Kleihues P (2003) World Cancer Report, Lyon, IARC Press. Waugh, A., Grant, A., Ross & Wilson, (2001). Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. U.K. Churchill Livingstone Useful Journals: British Journal Cancer British Journal of Nursing Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention Cancer Nursing CancerWise European Journal Cancer European Journal Cancer Care European Journal Oncology Nursing European Journal of Cancer Care European Journal of Oncology Nursing Journal of Advanced Nursing Journal of Clinical Nursing Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Lancet Oncology Oncology Nursing Forum
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