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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Ms Merylin Cross


This unit adopts a holistic approach and is designed to expand upon students' existing knowledge of therapeutic nursing care. It aims to enable students to critically reflect upon holism and therapeutic nursing and communication in their practice. Students will be expected to explore influences on health and illness, and healing and to engage in discourse on the value of specific complementary and alternative therapies, within the modern practice domain. It is intended that the students will gain a deeper appreciation of the conceptual basis of communication, and will develop their skills in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and in facilitating optimal client outcomes.


Having completed this unit it is expected that students should be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between holism and therapeutic nursing and communication;

  1. Understand the value of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship in practice;

  1. Apply effective communication skills in interpersonal and group interactions to facilitate quality client care;

  1. Appreciate the different approaches to health and illness and coping and healing;

  1. Appreciate how concepts and strategies of holistic care can be applied to achieve optimal health outcomes;

  1. Explain how holistic healing modalities can enhance therapeutic nursing practice; and

  1. Critically reflect upon aspects of holistic health and healing, therapeutic nursing and communication experienced in practice.


Essay: 30%
Essay: 40%
Examination: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Merylin Cross


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration)