NMHS42860 Breast Care Nursing

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to provide you with the relevant critical theory underpinning the nursing and medical assessment and management of breast cancer and benign breast conditions. Disease and treatment-related complications pertaining to patients with breast cancer and benign breast disease are also critically examined.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

Critically analyse the most recent evidence related to breast cancer screening.
Critically discuss the clinical presentation of breast cancer and benign breast conditions.
Critically discuss the diagnosis and treatment of malignant and benign breast conditions.
Critically evaluate specific evidence-based assessment and management strategies (nursing and medical) used for the most common disease (breast cancer/benign breast conditions) and treatment-related complications.
Critically appraise the specialist nursing role in relation to the provision of support (physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and informational) for PABC (breast cancer) and benign breast conditions including referral to hospital and credible community based support services in this context.

*PABC: those at high risk of developing cancer, patients, cancer survivors, families/significant others.

Indicative Module Content:

The clinical presentation of breast cancer and benign breast conditions.
The workup and diagnosis of breast cancer and benign breast conditions.
The treatments used for treating early, locally advanced and advanced breast cancers.
Complications of breast cancer (disease and treatment-related).
Assessment and management of the complications of breast cancer and benign breast conditions.
Nursing interventions related to the complications of breast cancer in the context of patient centred care.
Referral to hospital and credible community based support services.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

2

Autonomous Student Learning

154

Lectures

30

Conversation Class

14

Total

200

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Self-directed learning, lectures, peer discussions and shared learning; online examination, case presentations, individual feedback on assessments 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Completion of level 8 (UCD 3) modules or equivalent (Consideration of application for prior experiential learning (RPEL) if no degree)

Prior Learning:
• Registration with NMBI as a Registered General Nurse (RGN)
• Minimum of one year’s experience in breast care nursing
• Must work a minimum of 75 hours per month in a cancer unit or related cancer setting (caring for patients with breast cancer) prior to commencing, and for the duration of the programme.





Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
NMHS42860 and NMHS 42580 should normally be taken together as part of the Breast Care Nursing strand. The only exception is where students have successfully completed one module but need to repeat the other module.

Equivalents:
Breast Care Nursing (NMHS41040), Breast Care Nursing (NURS41040)


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: Short exam post Block week (non-graded, mandatory assessment) Varies over the Trimester n/a Not yet recorded No

0

Yes
Presentation: Case Presentation (March) Varies over the Trimester n/a Not yet recorded Yes

100

Yes

Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedforward and feedback provide you with information regarding the type, breadth and depth of detail that is required to meet the learning outcomes of the module. Feedforward and feedback provide you with information on areas such as knowledge, understanding, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and academic writing.

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Brown, C.G. (2015) A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management (2nd edn.). Pittsburgh: Oncology Nursing Society.

Lister, S., Dougherty, L. and McNamara, L. (Eds.) (2019) The Royal Marsden Manual of Cancer Nursing Procedures. Wiley Blackwell.

Wilkes, G.M. and Barton-Burke, M. (2020) 2020-2021 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.