NURSING 2004 - Nursing Older People

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yvette Salamon

    Course Coordinator: Yvette Salamon
    Phone: +61 8 831 32995
    Location: Adelaide Nursing School, Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Building
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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 age related alterations affecting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, polypharmacy and the administration of medications.
    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 the 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 Aged Care Assesment Team (ACAT) 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 ageing.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 8-10
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 3, 7, 9, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3-5, 9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Prescribed Texts

    Johnson, A & Chang, E 2017, Caring for Older People in Australia, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts

    Crisp, J, Taylor, C, Douglas, C & Rebeiro, G 2017, Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing, 5th edition, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW.

    Nay, R & Garratt, S & Fetherstonhaugh, D 2014, Nursing Older People: Issues and Innovations, 4th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney.
    Online Learning
    Any 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 published on MyUni on a weekly basis so as not to fall behind.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face 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. The Adelaide Nursing School 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 not only focus on the lecture content for the week but also introduce some new content.

    Simulation learning: simulation learning enables students to develop skills in an environment that replicates clinical practice. Actors replace patients. They are powerful learning experiences designed to challenge students and to expand their learning in a safe and supportive way. Students will be guided through realistic patient care situations and it is important that students behave professionally as they would in clinical practice.

    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:

    12 x 1 hour lectures
    6 x 1 hour tutorial per semester
    1 x 1 hour simulation activity near the end of the semester

    Non-contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be 4 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    While every endeavour will be made to teach content in this order change may occur.




    Lecture 1

    The Ageing Population

    The Ageing Population & Theories of Ageing

    Lecture 2


    Inheritance Patterns & Ageing

    Lecture 3

    Health Assessment

    Assessment of the Older Person

    Lecture 4


    Falls & Fractures

    Lecture 5

     Communication & Psychological Care

     Communication & Psychological Issues for the Older person/Culture & Ageing

    Lecture 6

     Elder Abuse

     Elder Abuse

    Lecture 7

    Cognitive Disorders

    Dementia and Other Cognitive Disorders Affecting the Older Person

     Lecture 8

     Continence & Incontinence

    Continence Management

    Lecture 9

     Medicines for Older People

     Quality of Medicines for Older People

    Lecture 10

     Comfort, Pain and Palliative Care

    Comfort, Pain and Palliative Care

    Lecture 11

    Intimacy & Sexuality

     Roles & Relationships with Ageing

    Lecture 12

    ATOD use in the Older Person

    Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug (ATOD) Use 

    Tutorial series
    1. Pathophysiology of ageing

    2. Immune changes in the older person

    3. Comfort rest and activity

    4. Care of the older person in their home

    5. ACAT assessment and nursing home placement

    6. Pressure injury prevention and management
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online Quizzes Formative



    2, 3, 6, 8, 10
    Simulation Participation Summative 10% 4,5,9
    Case Study Preparation Summative 30% 1, 5, 9
    Case Study-Injury Prevention and Management Summative 50% 1-5, 7-10

    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1 (10%): Online Quizzes X 2 (1000 word equivalent)

    Online Quizzes: Multiple choice quizzes will be available via MyUni. The first quiz is formative and the second quiz will be summative. Students will be required to complete the online quizzes, which will test their knowledge on the theory covered within the course.

    ASSESSMENT 2 (30%): 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 after mid-semester break.

    ASSESSMENT 3 (50%): Case study – (2000 words)

    A case study – highlighting one of the significant health-related issues facing the older person. This case study focuses on the "increased risk of falls", in the ageing population.

    ASSESSMENT 4 (10%): Simulated Learning

    Simulated learning attendance & participation - students will need to attend one, 50 minute simulated activity. Students are expected to participate in this activity as it will be a very important aid to understanding the rights of older people.
    Unless otherwise indicated all assignments are to be submitted through MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments.  Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted.

    Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.
    To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form prior to the assessment deadline. You will find this on the School of Nursing Website or use the link provided here.

    Students should review the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    2019 eSELT feedback: comments to course coordinator as main teacher indicated the need to offer increased engagement during tutorials and less lecturing of new content. Positively it was highlighted, topics that were easily relatable, as being very current in healthcare, were most enjoyed, by students.

    New topics will still need to be introduced during tutorial time however this will be done with greater emphasis on student interaction and peer learning, hence a less didactic delivery of new material.

    A strong, identifiable link to current healthcare issues and phases will continue to be made, when teaching each of the course topics. The aim being to highlight relevance and promote student engagement.

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