Health and Illness in the Older Person

Description

This course explores the meaning of ageing, current theories of ageing and related concepts. Using a population health focus, factors that impact on the 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.

Availability

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to professional practice

2. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to critical thinking and analysis

3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to provision and coordination of care and

4. Demonstrated knowledge, skills and understanding integral to collaborative and therapeutic practice

Content

This 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 minimise 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.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of NURS1101 and NURS1201.

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Examination

Participation: Tutorial participation and preparation

Formal Examination: Clinical Scenario (written)

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks

Tutorials and Lectures can be delivered either face to face or online. Tutorials 2 hours face to face and 1 hour online