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Assessment of the older person

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This unit of study takes a case study approach to clinical assessment to promote a better understanding of the ageing process, theories of ageing and changes in physiology. It is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge that will be needed to effectively assess older people. This unit of study includes methods of clinical assessment for older people, evaluation of a variety of assessment tools and the interpretation and integration of assessment findings relevant to care. The unit of study encourages the student to look at older people in their clinical setting by critically examining their practice and the assessment tools they currently use, reflecting on their current knowledge and skills related to the assessment of older people, and referring to current literature and best practice models to critically evaluate current clinical practice.

Assessment of the older person

Unit of study code

054

Availability

Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing 

Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

PG unit of study

Term

JANUARY, JULY

Pre-requisite

N/A

Fee*Tier 2

Prescribed text:

Meiner, SE (ed) 2011, Gerontologic nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier Mosby, Missouri.

Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe MACN

Content

 

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

 

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 

Weighting

(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to clinical assessment

a) Analyse and discuss normal ageing and the associated physiological changes that occur and apply this knowledge to the interpretation of clinical assessment findings

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2

10%

2,4

Theme 2: Case study 1

b) Differentiate normal ageing processes from abnormal pathology in the interpretation of clinical assessment findings

Assessment 2 Reflective essay (2000 words)

40%

6

Theme 3: Case study 2

c) Analyse the current theories of ageing and discuss the implications of each of the major theories for the assessment and management of the older person

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)

50%

10

Theme 4: Case Study 3

d) Describe methods of clinical assessment and apply them to clinical practice

 

 

 

Theme 5: Case study 4

e) Critically analyse the use of clinical assessment tools in gathering data to make informed decision in relation to nursing care

 

 

 

 

f) Critically reflect on EBP in relation to current literature and evidence in assessing and planning care for the older person

 

 

 

 

g) Demonstrate ability to identify and analyse health risks and problems that require ongoing management from a comprehensive clinical assessment of an older person

 

 

 

*Fees

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275 *Fees are are subject to change without notice.