Health and Illness in the Older Person

Course code NURS2203Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course explores the meaning of ageing, current theories of ageing and related concepts. Using a population health focus, factors that impact on health and the delivery of primary, secondary and tertiary health care to older people in Australia are discussed. Evidence-based care and relevant ethico-legal, socio-political, cultural and spiritual issues related to nursing older people across a range of care contexts are integral to this course.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will have demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to:
* Professional practice
* Critical thinking and analysis
* Provision and coordination of care
* Collaborative and therapeutic practice
ContentThis course comprises of four modules. Each has a defined set of learning outcomes as listed below:
Theme 1 - Professional Practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Australian government's policies and the system of health care service delivery for older people in Australia
* demonstrate an understanding of the legal principles relating to relevant aspects of the NSW Guardianship Act (1987) to the care of older people.
* demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legislation related to the use of restraint and mandatory reporting of elder abuse
* demonstrate an understanding relevant common law and legislation relating to the end-of-life care planning including advance care directives and advance care planning.
* explore the ethical concept of decision making capacity using Socratic dialogue

Theme 2- Critical thinking and analysis
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* identify situations where older people are subject to ageist attitudes and behaviours
* demonstrate an understanding of the demographic and epidemiological trends in ageing
* demonstrate an understanding of current theories related to the concepts of ageing, healthy ageing, ageism, illness transitions and frailty
* outline the risk factors and pathophysiology of dementia, delirium, depression, malnutrition, dehydration, incontinence, fractured neck of femur, diabetes type 2, Parkinson's disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and chronic wounds in older people

Theme 3- Provision and coordination of care
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* use the clinical reasoning cycle to explore clinical situations that are focused on caring for older people.
* use a person-centred approach to explore clinical situations that are focused on caring for older people.
* apply the concepts of healthy ageing, illness transitions and frailty in the care of older people and minimize the impact of ageism
* use a structured evidence-based assessment framework in collecting data about the physical, socio-cultural and psychological health of older persons who are experiencing health decline.
* demonstrate skills and knowledge in the education of older persons and their significant others in relation to disease self management and healthy ageing

Theme 4 - Collaborative and therapeutic practice
Successful completion of this module will enable you to:
* demonstrate an understanding of person-centred older person care
* apply a quality use of medicines framework to the care of the older person
* demonstrate therapeutic communication when supporting individuals dealing with grief, loss and bereavement
* identify alternative communication strategies for individuals who are unable to communicate effectively, in particular those who have impaired cognition or dysphasia
* identify therapeutic communication strategies that are appropriate for family or significant others involved in the care of the older person
* identify strategies to maximise continuity of care of the older person across different health care settings.
Replacing Course(s)Nursing Therapeutics and Aged Clients (NURS2193)
TransitionNURS2193 will be offered online in 2012 and 2013 for part time students and those who fail and need to repeat.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsClinical Scenario
Examination: Formal
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Nursing.
Prior succesful completion of NURS1101 and NURS1201.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS2203