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Oncology Nursing 1 CNA511


This unit will examine altered cell biology, epidemiology and the technologies used to detect and treat cancer. Non-evidence based treatments for cancer are also discussed. Interactive case studies across a broad range of specialisations are used to demonstrate understanding of unit content.


Unit name Oncology Nursing 1
Unit code CNA511
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Miss Sharon Murcott
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine applied biological, genetic, pathophysiology and epidemiological theories underpinning cancer risk, prevention, screening, diagnostic classification and staging.
  • Apply advanced clinical assessment and problem-solving skills related to the holistic care of the oncology patient, including evidence-based approaches to cancer nursing care.
  • Describe a variety of treatment modalities including chemotherapy, biotherapy, pharmacogenomics, radiation and surgical strategies used to treat, manage and/or palliate the oncology & haematology patient.
  • Reflect on current practice, identifying areas for development or innovation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060399 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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AssessmentCase Study (50%)|Online discussion, narrated PowerPoint and reflection. (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

  1. E-Book Access - Lawrence, Theodore S., Jr., Vincent T. DeVita, Steven A Rosenberg, and Steven A. Rosenberg. DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg's Cancer, edited by Theodore S. Lawrence, et al., Wolters Kluwer Health, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central
  2. Eggert, J (2017) Cancer Basics. Oncology Nursing Society. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2nd Ed – Best Available ONS
  3. Yarbro, C.H., Wujcik, D & Gobel, B.H (2018) Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice. 8th Ed. Jones Bartlet Publishers. LLC.
  5. Tadman, M; Roberts, D & Foulkes, M, 2019 Oxford Handbook of Cancer Nursing Oxford University Press UK ISBN: 9780198701101
  6. Brown, M & Cutler, T (2012)- Hematology nursing. Wiley-Blackwell, p 3- 50
  7. Walker, S n& Dunphy, E.P (2018) Cancer Immunotherapy. Oncology Nursing Society. Pennsylvania.
  8. Wilkes, G.M. and Barton-Burke, M. (2019) 2020-2021 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook. Jones and Bartlett, Boston.
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