NURSING 2004 - Nursing Older People
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 2004 Course Nursing Older People Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Restrictions Available to B.Nurs students only Course Description Nursing older people is a course that recognises the specialty of caring for the elderly. The course content identifies and provides nursing oriented solutions to the management of falls, incontinence and dementia amongst others. The impact of ageing on nutrition, sleep, sexuality and mental well being are considered using cases taken from clinical practice. The identification of contemporary skills such as conducting ACAT assessments will enable the student to interact with the aged care system in Australia as both student and registered nurse.
Course Coordinator: Dr David FoleyCourse Coordinator: Ryan Clarke
Phone: +61 8 8313 6285
Location: Room E3-H66, Eleanor Harrald Building, Frome Road.
Tutor: Christine Susanne Pryor
Phone: +61 8 8313 1008
Location: Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
Location: Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Recognise the nature of aged care allocation and the future challenges for Australia’s ageing population based on current trends and predictions identified in current literature 2 Examine & Discuss the issues relating to management of medications in the older population, in particular patient altered+ pharmacokinetics, polypharmacy, management and administration of medication. 3 Investigate and Describe the health risks related to ageing, in particular risk of injury, risk of infection and altered nutritional status based on current best practice guidelines 4 Distinguish and Demonstrate an understanding about the challenges and differences in care for the older adult coming from varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds 5 Summarise and Explore key concepts relating to mental wellness, wellbeing and ageing considering current recommendations. 6 Examine and Recognise process and importance of the ACAT assessment tool used in Australia 7 Demonstrate and Recommend nursing interventions to manage continence in the older adult 8 Recognise issues and stereotypes related to sleep, sexuality and exercise in regards to the ageing process in older adult 9 Investigate and Devise a plan of care to accommodate older adults in a variety of settings and explore how nurses can help facilitate safe environments for the older adult using a client centred approach 10 Explore the pathophysiology, diagnosis, management and nursing care required for cognitive disorders of aging.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 2-5, 7, 9-10 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2-10 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-4, 7, 9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 7, 9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5, 8
Required ResourcesPrescribed Texts
Hunter, S 2012, Miller’s Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney, NSW.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended Texts
Brown, D & Edwards, H 2012, Lewis’s medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems, 3rd edition, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
Brown, P 2010, Health Care of the Older Adult: An Australian and New Zealand nursing perspective, Woodslane Press, Warriewood, NSW.
Bullock, S & Hales, M 2013, Principles of Pathophysiology, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
Chang, E & Johnson, A 2014, Chronic Illness & Disability: Principles for nursing practice, 2nd edition, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW
Crisp, J, Taylor, C, Douglas, C & Rebeiro, G 2013, Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing, 4th edition, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.
Eliopoulos, C 2010, Gerontological Nursing, 7th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
Nay, R & Garratt, S & Fetherstonhaugh, D 2013, Nursing Older People: Issues and Innovations, 4th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney.
Online LearningAny online delivery mode of the course offers flexibility and enables students to study at their own pace. However, it is recommended that students ensure that they keep up to date with course content on a weekly basis so as not to fall behind.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace to face lectures – Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Much of the content for this course is supported by textbooks with web page and e-learning supports (e.g. flash cards for revision). The School of Nursing supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
Tutorial sessions – tutorial sessions enable small group discussion and peer interaction around the content. Each tutorial session will focus on the lecture content for the week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The workload for this course requires attendance at:
• 1-2 x 1 hour lecture / week
• 7 x 2 hour tutorial / semester
• 2 x 3 hour SLE / semester
Non-contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be 4 hours per week.
Learning Activities Summary
The Ageing Population
The Ageing Population & Theories of Ageing
Inheritance Patterns & Ageing
Assessment of the Older Person
Falls & Fractures
Continence & Incontinence
Continence Management 1: Urinary
Continence & Incontinence>
Continence Management 2: Faecal>
Communication & Psychological care>
Communication and Psychological Issues for the Older Person/Culture & Ageing
Intimacy & Sexuality; Roles & Relationships with Ageing
Dementia & Other Cognitive Disorders Affecting the Older Patient
Medicines for Older People
Quality of Medicines for Older People
Comfort, Pain & Palliative Care>
Comfort, Pain & Palliative Care
ATOD use in the Older person
ATOD use in the Older Person
Tutorial series 1. Ageing and diversity
2. Pathophysiology of ageing
3. Immune changes in the older person
4. Comfort rest and activity
5. Care of the older person in their home
6. ACAT assessment and nursing home placement
7. Pressure injury prevention and management
SLE 1. Caring for a person with dementia
2. Assessment of the older person
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Online Quiz Formative N/A 2, 3, 6, 8, 10 Case Study Preparation Summative 30% 1, 5, 9 Case Study-Injury Prevention and Management Summative 70% 1-5, 7-10
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1: Formative Online Quiz
Formative Online Quiz-The quiz will be multiple choice made available via My Uni. Students will be required to complete the online quiz which will test their knowledge on the theory covered within the course.
ASSESSMENT 2: Case study preparation
Case study preparation: students will submit an outline of their case study (500 words) for review and comment before commencing the case study proper. A rubric will be supplied to students outlining feedback for consideration in the final case study. Feedback will be returned to students prior to mid semester.
ASSESSMENT 3: Case study – injury prevention and management (2500 words)
Case study – injury prevention and management (2500 words): a case study highlighting one of the significant health related issues facing the older person. This case study could include falls, incontinence, pressure sore, dementia amongst other contemporary topics in health and ageing.
SubmissionUnless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of 1 week for submission of assignments can automatically be granted when an online request is submitted. (Please see Study Guide for details) Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
The policy for applying for extensions is outlined in the School Manual and the Study Guides.
Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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