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Undergraduate Course: Management of Transitions - The Care of the Older Person (NUST10039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the theories of transition and successful ageing provide the backdrop to this varied course. Management of Transitions covers theoretical and ethical issues as well as a wide range of topics relevant to practice to reflect the complexity of the nursing care of older people.

Issues relating to the autonomy of older people are covered and include protection of vulnerable adults, advocacy, end of life issues, dementia, elder abuse, and managing challenging behaviour.

Clinical issues focus upon managing depression in older people, management of medication, promoting nutrition, wound management, moving and handling training and continence care.

Throughout the course there are opportunities to reflect on practice placement experiences and to discuss practice issues with the help of outside speakers from a range of workplaces.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One course paper of 4000-4500 words
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
THEORETICAL: On completion of the course students will:
Apply the concepts and skills developed in previous years of the programme to the care of older people with respect to changes in health status and the physical, mental and emotional aspects of care required
Be able to identify needs and desires of older people for health promotion and the education and support required for independent living
Be able to understand issues of safeguarding older people and identify the nurse's role in supporting and protecting vulnerable older adults
Define and demonstrate the principles of advocacy for older people
Have an understanding of the partnership agenda with older people, their carers, advocates and other health and social care partners
Explore the principles of equity and fairness in care delivery for older people

Create and maintain a safe environment of care through risk management strategies
Demonstrate critical thinking, problem-solving and reflective capacities essential for professional knowledge and practice
Recognise the physical, mental and emotional aspects of care required to support changes in the health status of older people
Deliver appropriate health promotion, support and education of older people for independent living
Demonstrate safe, effective and evidence-based practice responsive to the needs of the older person
Ensure that older people have the opportunity to maximise their potential
Demonstrate an ability to manage nursing care of older people across boundaries and contexts in conjunction with carers and members of the health and social care team
Demonstrate a critically appreciation of the partnership agenda with older people, their carers / advocates and other health and social care partners
Demonstrate an ability to manage the complexities arising from ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the care of older people including issues surrounding guardianship and the protection of vulnerable older people
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Course organiserProf Pam Smith
Course secretaryMiss Kirsty Gardner
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