NURSING 2004 - Nursing Older People
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 2004 Course Nursing Older People Coordinating Unit School of Nursing 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 Coordinator: Ms Yvette SalamonCourse Coordinator: Sally-Anne Bessell
Phone: +61 8 8313 7301
Location: AHMS Level 4
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 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 5
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
2, 3, 8-10
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
5, 6, 9
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
2, 3, 7, 9, 10
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
3-5, 9, 10
Required ResourcesPrescribed Texts
Johnson, A & Chang, E 2017, Caring for Older People in Australia, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended 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 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 published on MyUni 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. 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 SummaryWhile every endeavour will be made to teach content in this order change may occur.
The Ageing Population
The Ageing Population & Theories of Ageing
Inheritance Patterns & Ageing
Assessment of the Older Person
Falls & Fractures
Communication & Psychological Care
Communication & Psychological Issues for the Older person/Culture & Ageing
Dementia and Other Cognitive Disorders Affecting the Older Person
Continence & Incontinence
Medicines for Older People
Quality of Medicines for Older People
Comfort, Pain and Palliative Care
Comfort, Pain and Palliative Care
Intimacy & Sexuality
Roles & Relationships with Ageing
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 RequirementsThere are no specific course requirements.
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 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 DetailASSESSMENT 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.
SubmissionUnless 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
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.
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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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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