NUR2500 Nursing Older People
Pre-requisite: NUR2100 or (NUR2020 and NUR2030)
Recommended Prior Study: NUR1020, (NSC2000 or NSC2180)
This course provides the theoretical basis for nurses caring for older people. The emphasis will be on the core values underpinning nursing older people which are - to respect personhood at all times and to support the rights of older people to quality care in all settings. After a foundation of understanding global ageing and the ageing process, the students will be expected to critically reflect upon ageism and how this may potentially impact on one's behaviour. -Challenges common to old age and the specific nursing care interventions in relation to the challenges will be explored. Contemporary care structures and how to manage the care continuum will be examined. Students will apply the knowledge gained from NUR2100 and other prior courses to the physical and mental disorders and diseases which commonly manifest in the older person. Added to this professional knowledge base will be the positive messages related to ageing as part of the normal life cycle and an exploration of legal, professional and ethical issues. Nurses with an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of old age, in different nursing care contexts, establish and build a solid foundation for enhancing their capacity to effectively provide care for older people.