In this unit you will adopt a person-centred focus to explore contemporary and enabling approaches in the care of older people. Skills to work in partnership with older people through geriatric assessment processes, shared-decision making and goal setting will be developed. This unit incorporates specialised knowledge and the principles of interprofessional collaboration to meet the complex care needs of older people through integrated care models across various settings. You will be provided with a range of opportunities, including simulation, to plan and critique evidence-informed nursing interventions with respect to core issues of healthy ageing, personhood and the rights of the older person.
|Unit name||Older Persons and Ageing|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
|Coordinator||Ms Lap-San Howitt|
|Available as an elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Nursing Study Period 1||On-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Hobart||Nursing Study Period 3||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Launceston||Nursing Study Period 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Launceston||Nursing Study Period 3||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Nursing Study Period 1||On-Campus||Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Nursing Study Period 3||On-Campus||Domestic|
|Rozelle - Sydney||Nursing Study Period 1||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Nursing Study Period 1||30/1/2023||22/2/2023||16/3/2023||30/4/2023|
|Nursing Study Period 3||18/9/2023||9/10/2023||30/10/2023||10/12/2023|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- Apply person-centred communication and care planning skills that incorporate shared decision making, using a life-course lens.
- Assess the needs of an older person using evidence-informed tools and skills appropriate to the care context.
- Use clinical reasoning to analyse the complex health care needs of older people and plan person-centred nursing interventions.
- Critically evaluate how nursing interventions, including the use of technology, can protect the rights of older people and enable healthy ageing.
- Communicate older person care clearly and succinctly and use appropriate referencing style for evidence-informed sources.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
Details of teaching arrangements
This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.
Attendance at PEP is mandatory.
In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.
|Assessment||Assessment of an older person. (30%)|Person-centred Narrative (40%)|Case Study (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Vafeas, C and Slatyer, S. (2020) Gerontological Nursing in Australia and New Zealand, 1st Edition ISBN: 9780729543675 https://www.elsevier.com/books/gerontological-nursing/vafeas/978-0-7295-4367-5
Johnson A, Chang E, editors. 2016 Caring for older people in Australia Principles for nursing practice. 2nd ed. Milton, Qld Australia: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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