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NUR3010 Rehabilitation in Community Settings

Semester 3, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Coralie Graham
Moderator: Clint Moloney


Pre-requisite: (CMS1008 and MAT1008 and NUR1140 and NUR1120) or (CMS1000 and NUR1140 and NUR1120) Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Program


The models of health and service delivery are changing to meet the needs of the 21st century. Trends in health include a projected increase in chronic illness and an aging population. Chronic disease is a leading cause of disability in Australia. Disability may be as a consequence of a physical or psychiatric acute or chronic disease process, injury, or impairment present at birth or related to environmental barriers. The role of the Registered nurse in the community rehabilitation field is evolving and may include a generalist, specialist or case management /team leader role within the context of rural, remote or metropolitan based practice. Partnerships are formed with individuals, families and communities to achieve client, family and community centred outcomes. Community rehabilitative approaches provide a framework for registered nurses as they work in partnership with the client, family, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral groups. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides the framework of concepts, terminology and classifications which enable a shared understanding of disability to occur within the disciplines and sectors involved in the rehabilitation process.


Rehabilitation is a process which occurs throughout the entire episode of health service interaction. Rehabilitation nurses partner individuals experiencing disability to achieve their greatest potential, and work toward productive, independent lives. A holistic approach is taken to meeting the client's medical, vocational, educational, environmental, and spiritual needs. Health professionals involved in community rehabilitation seek to equip, empower and provide education and training for rehabilitation clients, carers, family, community members and the community sector to take appropriate roles in the delivery of health and rehabilitation services to achieve enhanced and sustainable client outcomes. Using a situated and transformative learning approach, this course will enable students to explore the complex issues involved in the rehabilitation process through the perspective of people experiencing disability and rehabilitation nurse practitioners. Students will be required to undertake a case study project in which they develop an understanding of the challenges confronting a person and family living with disability and the rehabilitation role of the registered nurse.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, to examine the issues and interaction between health conditions, environmental and personal factors of a person experiencing disability. (ANMC Competency 2.2)
  2. Review current models of rehabilitation service delivery and the role of the nurse in the rehabilitation process.
  3. Analyse the effects of disability on the person experiencing disability, the family disability and the family. (ANMC Competency 2.5; 3.1; 3.2)
  4. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, examine the needs, resources, facilitators and barriers relevant to the person living with a disability. (ANMC Competency 1.1; 2.3)
  5. Apply the rehabilitation process to develop a plan of care for a person experiencing disability within the context of their environment. (ANMC Competency 6.1; 6.2; 6.3; 6.4)
  6. Examine the effects of interactions between the client, carers/family, health professionals and community context in the rehabilitation process (ANMC Competency 2.4).
  7. Demonstrate written communication skills and ethical research and enquiry skills by researching, preparing and submitting written assessment in specified formats (ANMC Competency 3.2; 9.2)
  8. Demonstrate problem-solving skills appropriate to the discipline by identifying potential issues involved in assessment, nursing care etc, for a patient with a disability. (ANMC Competency 3.1; 3.3)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Disability: a state or a trait. Interaction between health conditions, environmental and personal factors in the lives of people experiencing disability 25.00
2. Disability: The lived experience: The effect of the disability experience on the individual, family and community 30.00
3. Rehabilitation: a place, a phase of health care or a process. Service delivery models and nursing roles 20.00
4. Rehabilitation process: Within a community rehabilitation approach for a person 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Kralik, D & van Loon, A (eds) 2011, Community nursing in Australia, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2005, Disability and Disability Services in Australia,
    (AIHW DIS43.Canberra: AIHW.)
  • Davis, S & O'Connor, S (eds) 1999, Rehabilitation nursing: foundation for practice, Balliere-Tindall, London.
  • Griffith University 2006, Competencies for Community Rehabilitation in Queensland,
    <[2006, Jun 07]>.
  • Joint Position Paper, ILO, UNESCO & WHO 2004, CBR A strategy for equalisation of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities,
  • Kearney, PM & Pryor, J 2004, The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 46, pp. 162-70.
  • Kendall, E 2005, Competencies for Community Rehabilitation. An Audit of the Training and Education Needs of Staff Working in Community Rehabilitation in Queensland, Griffith University.
  • National Health Priority Action Council (NHPAC), ILO, UNESCO & WHO, Canberra 2006, National Chronic Disease Strategy,
  • Pryor, J 2008, '(Patient and family coping, pages 448-74 in Hoeman, S (eds)', Rehabilitation nursing: prevention, intervention and outcomes, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis.
  • Schneidert, M, Hurst, R, Miller J & Ustun, B 2003, The role of environment in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 25, pp. 588-95.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 155.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CMA 1 27 0 12 Nov 2012 (see note 1)
CMA 2 27 0 12 Nov 2012 (see note 2)
ONLINE ASSESSMENT 1 100 45 20 Dec 2012 (see note 3)
ONLINE ASSESSMENT 2 100 55 22 Jan 2013

  1. Dates for CMA quiz will be advised by Examiner during the semester.
  2. Dates for CMA quiz will be advised by Examiner during the semester.
  3. Examiner will inform student of due date for all assessments.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the student's responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chances of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Two, 2 hour face-to-face lectures are offered to meet sponsored student requirements. Attendance is mandatory for sponsored students. Other students are welcome to attend these lectures which will be recorded and available on Study Desk.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must dispatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the dispatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  3. Assessment Item 1 must be submitted by electronic submission using EASE . Refer to your Course Study Guide and course website for submission details. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  4. Assessment 2 is an online quiz to be completed by accessing Study Desk on the due date. Times and dates refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  5. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  6. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  7. Where a student has failed to achieve a passing grade by 5% or less of the aggregated weighted marks, or equivalent in the grading scale, the examiner in agreement with the moderator will consider recommending to the Board of Examiners the undertaking of supplementary assessment by the student, if the student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment for the course.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.