Undergraduate Course: Care of older people: relating theory and policy to practice (NUST10033)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Nursing Studies
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This honours option course aims to explore theory and policy surrounding the care of older people in Scottish society and to relate these theoretical understandings to the nursing care of older people.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|The learning outcomes are designed to provide students with learning opportunities such that on completion of the course and associated self directed study they will be able to:
- demonstrate a thorough and critical theoretical understanding of ageing from a range of perspectives.
- explore the ways in which theoretical understandings relate to policy and the organisation of health services for older people in Scotland.
- examine theories of autonomy and inclusion as they relate to older people.
- evaluate of nursing practice and identify areas for development.
- understand the concept of dignity from a range of perspectives.
- understand the complexity of nursing older people in ways which preserve and enhance dignity.
- consider ways in which health services can be improved in light of theoretical understandings.
- demonstrate understanding of the challenges faced by nurses discussing sensitive topics.
- recognise the importance of communication and the social constraints on communication between nurses, patients and families.
- consider links between nurses' conceptualisation of ill health and the care given by nurses to older people.
- evaluate the importance of personal biography in the care of older people.
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of the nurse in providing good quality care to older people.
-have developed confidence in evaluating theory and relating theory and policy to practice.
|This proposed honours option is offered at level 10 of the Scottish Credit Qualification framework (SCQF). The web site for further details as to what this means in terms of assessment expectations and requirements is at: |
The formal assessment of the option will be a single course paper, confined within 4000-4500 words. Examination by course paper is suggested as the most appropriate means of assessment in order to allow students to fully demonstrate their theoretical understandings and their ability to relate theory and policy to the practice of nursing older people.
Assessments will be marked according to School/College policy and made available for moderation by the External Examiner.
||1. Introduction to theories of ageing, social and political context.
2. Autonomy and independence
3. Autonomy and nursing care
5. Long term care
6. Death and dying
7. Person centred dementia care
8. Models of understanding dementia care
9. Family nursing and older people
10. Quality in care of older people
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|Keywords||nursing; older people; theory in nursing; nursing policy
|Course organiser||Mrs Sarah Rhynas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3882
|Course secretary||Miss Kirsty Gardner
Tel: (0131 6)50 3889