Courses & Units

Foundations of Renal Nursing CNA562


This theoretical subject addresses the pathogenesis of renal disease and the nursing assessment and management of patients with acute, chronic and end stage renal disease. It includes pathophysiology, pharmacy and nutrition, biochemical pathology and complications arising in the management of renal failure.


Unit name Foundations of Renal Nursing
Unit code CNA562
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mrs Deborah Fortnum
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Relate renal function abnormality to kidney disease and differentiate between the processes that cause acute and chronic kidney failure
  • Plan and evaluate nursing assessment for a person with renal impairment
  • Explain complications that renal patients encounter as their disease progresses from renal insufficiency to end stage renal disease

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060399 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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AssessmentOnline Quizzes (20%)|Online Discussion and Summary Paper (40%)|Essay (40%)
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You will need the following text [Hard copy available from Booktopia]:

  1. Thomas, N (ed.) 2019, Renal Nursing, 5th edn., John Wiley, West Sussex, UK
  2. Field, MJ, Pollock, CA & Harris, DC 2010, The Renal System, 2nd edn., Churchill Livingstone, Sydney

** Please note, both of these books are available via the UTAS Library as E-Books. There is no need to purchase your own hard copy **


Contemporary Nephrology Nursing

Vander’s Renal Physiology

Brenner & Rector’s the Kidney

These materials will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit, but you are not required to purchase them. When seeking sources of evidence to support your assignment work, you will find these a useful starting point. These materials are available for a limited loan period from the University Library collection with some also available as eBooks.

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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