School: Nursing and Midwifery

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Older Adult Health
  • Unit Code

    NCS2201
  • Year

    2018
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    5
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Caroline Jane VAFEAS

Description

This unit will enable students to develop their knowledge of normal ageing and the health challenges commonly experienced in older age. An emphasis on promoting health and wellness even in the presence of chronic illness will be prominent in this unit. Global ageing, legal and ethical care and a palliative approach will also be considered in relation to the older adult. Care provided across a variety of settings including hospital, home and residential will also be explored.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass NSC2103.

Only students studying courses C33, Y61, Y76, Y19 or Y79 can enrol in this unit.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded NNI1101, NNI1102, NNS1201

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Promote wellness and quality of life in old age by integrating an understanding of traditional and complementary nursing interventions.
  2. Explain the value of a palliative approach for aspects of elder care, including end of life care.
  3. Prepare nursing plans of care for persons experiencing chronic illness and co-morbidities, including alterations to respiratory, cardiac, renal orthopaedic, diabetes (type II), cognitive and sensory function.
  4. Explain the impact of the ageing, multicultural population on healthcare resources.
  5. Justify a position on legal and ethical issues that have particular relevance to the nursing care of older adults.
  6. Recommend appropriate ways of caring for older adults across a variety of settings.
  7. Examine the issue of global ageing and the impact of the ageing population in the local context.

Unit Content

  1. Common health challenges faced in old age including frailty, degenerative disease, acute and chronic illness, co-morbidity, polypharmacy and cognitive impairment.
  2. Nursing interventions including health education and promotion for the elderly, fostering independence and rehabilitation in preparation for clinical experience.
  3. Creating elder friendly environments including falls risk assessment, prevention and management.
  4. Nursing care of the client experiencing: common nervous system dysfunctions related to ageing, sensory impairment, Type II Diabetes Mellitus, common alterations in renal function including continence management. Chronic respiratory disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and chronic wounds.
  5. A palliative approach for care of the elderly, including the philosophical underpinnings of palliative care and the use of this approach to promote quality of life for the older person including end of life care for the elderly and bereavement care for the family.
  6. Ethical and legal issues that are of particular relevance to the care of older people, including nurses responsibilities associated with advanced directives in reporting abuse and neglect.

Learning Experience

ON-CAMPUS

Students will attend on campus classes as well as engage in learning activities through ECU Blackboard.

JoondalupMount LawleySouth West (Bunbury)
Semester 113 x 1.5 hour lectureNot OfferedNot Offered
Semester 113 x 2 hour tutorialNot OfferedNot Offered
Semester 213 x 2 hour lectureNot Offered13 x .5 hour lecture
Semester 213 x 2 hour tutorialNot Offered13 x 2 hour tutorial

For more information see the Semester Timetable

ONLINE

Students will engage in learning experiences through ECU Blackboard as well as additional ECU learning technologies.

Additional Learning Experience Information

Students use a variety of digital learning materials to prepare for and engage in online and in-class discussions. Group discussion and analysis of case scenarios allow development of analytical and decision making skills and provide opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of the unique concepts associated with older adults.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ParticipationDiscussion Board Summary40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination60%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
ParticipationDiscussion Board Summary40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination60%

Core Reading(s)

  • Hunter, S., & Miller, C. A. (2016). Miller's Nursing for wellness in older adults (2nd ed.). Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Nursing and Midwifery

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Older Adult Health
  • Unit Code

    NCS2201
  • Year

    2018
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    5
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Caroline Jane VAFEAS

Description

This unit will enable students to develop their knowledge of normal ageing and the health challenges commonly experienced in older age. An emphasis on promoting health and wellness even in the presence of chronic illness will be prominent in this unit. Global ageing, legal and ethical care and a palliative approach will also be considered in relation to the older adult. Care provided across a variety of settings including hospital, home and residential will also be explored.

Prerequisite Rule

Students must pass NSC2103.

Only students studying courses C33, Y61, Y76, Y19 or Y79 can enrol in this unit.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded NNI1101, NNI1102, NNS1201

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Promote wellness and quality of life in old age by integrating an understanding of traditional and complementary nursing interventions.
  2. Explain the value of a palliative approach for aspects of elder care, including end of life care.
  3. Prepare nursing plans of care for persons experiencing chronic illness and co-morbidities, including alterations to respiratory, cardiac, renal orthopaedic, diabetes (type II), cognitive and sensory function.
  4. Explain the impact of the ageing, multicultural population on healthcare resources.
  5. Justify a position on legal and ethical issues that have particular relevance to the nursing care of older adults.
  6. Recommend appropriate ways of caring for older adults across a variety of settings.
  7. Examine the issue of global ageing and the impact of the ageing population in the local context.

Unit Content

  1. Common health challenges faced in old age including frailty, degenerative disease, acute and chronic illness, co-morbidity, polypharmacy and cognitive impairment.
  2. Nursing interventions including health education and promotion for the elderly, fostering independence and rehabilitation in preparation for clinical experience.
  3. Creating elder friendly environments including falls risk assessment, prevention and management.
  4. Nursing care of the client experiencing: common nervous system dysfunctions related to ageing, sensory impairment, Type II Diabetes Mellitus, common alterations in renal function including continence management. Chronic respiratory disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and chronic wounds.
  5. A palliative approach for care of the elderly, including the philosophical underpinnings of palliative care and the use of this approach to promote quality of life for the older person including end of life care for the elderly and bereavement care for the family.
  6. Ethical and legal issues that are of particular relevance to the care of older people, including nurses responsibilities associated with advanced directives in reporting abuse and neglect.

Learning Experience

ON-CAMPUS

Students will attend on campus classes as well as engage in learning activities through ECU Blackboard.

JoondalupMount LawleySouth West (Bunbury)
Semester 113 x 1.5 hour lectureNot OfferedNot Offered
Semester 113 x 2 hour tutorialNot OfferedNot Offered
Semester 213 x 2 hour lectureNot Offered13 x .5 hour lecture
Semester 213 x 2 hour tutorialNot Offered13 x 2 hour tutorial

For more information see the Semester Timetable

ONLINE

Students will engage in learning experiences through ECU Blackboard as well as additional ECU learning technologies.

Additional Learning Experience Information

Students use a variety of digital learning materials to prepare for and engage in online and in-class discussions. Group discussion and analysis of case scenarios allow development of analytical and decision making skills and provide opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of the unique concepts associated with older adults.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ParticipationDiscussion Board Summary40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination60%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
ParticipationDiscussion Board Summary40%
ExaminationEnd of semester examination60%

Core Reading(s)

  • Hunter, S., & Miller, C. A. (2016). Miller's Nursing for wellness in older adults (2nd ed.). Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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