NUR1099 Professional Nursing for Older People
|Faculty or Section :
||Faculty of Sciences
|School or Department :
||Nursing and Midwifery
|Version produced :
||20 December 2013
Pre-requisite: NUR1140 or NUR2000 and NUR1120 or NUR1200
Only Students in Plan 16768 (External Education) can enrol in the External offer of this course.
This course provides the foundation knowledge for nurses caring for older people in conjunction with providing students' first clinical experience placement. Students will engage in situated learning opportunities for the development and application of practice skills such as observation, assessment, psychomotor skill acquisition and professional communication, documentation and reflection.
The theoretical component of this course emphases 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 Registered Nurses can manage the care continuum will be examined. Underpinning this professional knowledge base will be positive messages related to ageing. Students in this course will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and skills attained in prior and concurrent theory and clinical simulation courses. Students will participate in an 80 hour facilitated clinical placement in either residential, high care or dementia care settings and be assessed at the interim and end stages using an assessment tool consistent with the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse.