Nursing care of patients with chronic diseases
Module: Nursing care
Contact hours – lectures: 50
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Erika Povšnar, MSc, Lecturer
Marta Kavšek, MSc, Lecturer
Marjana Bernot, Senior Lecturer
Year of study: Second
Palliative care and oncology nursing

Contact hours – lectures: 20
Contact hours – seminar:  
Contact hours – clinical exercises:  
Contact hours – clinical practice:  
Holder of subject: Marjana Bernot, Senior Lecturer
Education providers:
  • Marjana Bernot, Senior Lecturer
Level of study: First Bologna cycle professional education study program
Semester: Winter
Language: Slovene/English
Subject-specific competences:
  • to become familiar with development guidelines and aims of organized palliative care;
  • to apply the palliative approach – basics of PC in the setting with terminally ill patients and their relatives;
  • to manage the integral coordination of care and interdisciplinary team work in all palliative care settings;
  • to develop interpersonal and communication skills appropriate for palliative care;
  • to increase the physical comfort of patients throughout the duration of their illness;
  • to recognize, assess and treat the symptoms of incurable diseases;
  • to recognize patients’ psychological needs;
  • to recognize patients’ social needs;
  • to recognize patients’ spiritual needs;
  • to help meet the needs of family carers regarding short-, middle- and long-term aims in patient care;
  • to react to the challenges of clinical and ethical decision making in PC;
  • to become familiar with the techniques and mechanisms of preventing and decreasing stress and burnout;
  • to become familiar with the development and definition of oncology nursing;
  • to become familiar with nurses’ basic fields of work and roles in cancer patient treatment at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels;
  • to become familiar with and understand the basic principles of treatment and nursing in cancer patients;
  • to learn about interventions in the prevention and management of undesired effects of oncology treatment;
  • to understand the meaning of holistic treatment of cancer patients and the role of health care education. 

The student becomes familiar with, understands, and knows how to apply the ways of thinking and values connected with the implementation of continuous palliative care of patients with terminal illness and oncology patients in most typical situations. Students know the roles of nursing and different members of the interdisciplinary team in applying the key concepts of palliative care in the chronically ill patients and their relatives and in oncology nursing care.
Mandatory references:
  • Onkološki Inštitut, 2009. Kaj mora medicinska sestra vedeti o sistemskem zdravljenju raka in zdravstveni negi?: zbornik predavanj. Ljubljana: Onkološki Inštitut.
  • Onkološki Inštitut, 2013. Ekstravazacija protirakavih zdravil: priročnik. Ljubljana: Onkološki Inštitut.
  • Novaković, S., et al., eds., 2009. Onkologija: raziskovanje, diagnostika in zdravljenje raka. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga.
  • Velepič, M., Skela Savič, B., Lešničar, H. & Čufer, T., 2000. Priročnik iz onkološke zdravstvene nege in onkologije. Ljubljana: Onkološki Inštitut.
  • Benedik, J., Červek, J., Červ, B., Gugić Kevo, J., Mavrič, Z., Serša, G. & Zakotnik, B., eds., 2008. Pogosta vprašanja v paliativni oskrbi. Ljubljana: Onkološki Inštitut.
  • Ministrstvo za zdravje, n.d. Državni program paliativne oskrbe. Ljubljana: Ministrstvo za zdravje. Available at:
  • Rosser, M. & Walsh, H., 2014. Fundamentals of palliative care for student nurses. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Ferrell, B.R. & Coyle, N., eds., 2010. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. 3 rded. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Matzo, M. & Sherman, D.W., eds., 2015. Palliative care nursing: quality care to the end of life. 4th ed. New York: Springer Publihing Company.
Recommended references:
  • Gradiva šole paliativne oskrbe
  • Obzornik zdravstvene nege
  • Cancer Nursing (IONS)
  • Oncology Nursing Form (izdajatelj ONS)
  • European Journal of Oncology Nursing
  • European Journal of Palliative Care
  • Journal of Palliative Care
  • Zborniki predavanj s strokovnih seminarjev, ki jih izdaja Zbornica Zveza, Sekcija medicinskih sester v onkološki zdravstveni negi, Onkološki inštitut Ljubljana, Zborniki kancerološkega združenja Slovenskega zdravniškega društva in Zveze slovenskih društev za boj proti raku (Onkoloških vikendov)
  • Tematska gradiva Društva onkoloških bolnikov Slovenije
Study obligations:
  • 50% obligatory attendance at lectures
Assessment methods:
  • written examination (100%)