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NURS 280 Chronic and Palliative Care

This course focuses on the nursing care of clients experiencing chronic illness and/or end of life. Emphasis is placed on understanding the lived experience of clients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Evidence-based practice is used to support appropriate focused assessments and management of care of clients experiencing concurrent illnesses/co-morbidities.


Special information

Corequisite: NURS 282 AND NURS 285.
7 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 17, 2014 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Incorporate the knowledge and methods of a variety of disciplines to inform decision-making in the care of the chronically ill client.
  • Promote achievement of safe and quality outcomes of care for individuals and families experiencing chronic illness and end of life issues.
  • Utilize evidence, clinical judgment, inter-professional perspectives and client preferences in planning, implementing and evaluating outcomes of care.
  • Recognize the role of information technology in improving client care outcomes and creating a safe care environment.
  • Discuss trends in healthcare as they relate to issues of access, equity, affordability and social justice.
  • Provide quality and safe client care as a member of the inter-professional team.
  • Utilize clinical judgment and decision making skills while providing care to promote optimal health for clients experiencing chronic illness.
  • Explore one's own beliefs and values as they relate to caring for clients experiencing chronic illness and end of life issues.