The rapidly aging population of industrialized countries will impact or change all aspects of our society over the next 50 years. This course will provide a historical perspective and overview of aging in Canada. A study of theories of gain, demographic trends and current research will lead to an exploration of the implications of aging in our culture.

This course will detail the unique roles and functions of geriatric nursing by exploring historical underpinnings, societal needs, and current issues.  Canadian and international standards for gerontological care will be examined and woven throughout course content.   A conceptual model for nursing acutely ill, chronically ill or frail elders will provide a ground-work for use of best practice assessment tools and critical analysis.  Communication skills for optimal teamwork with enhance the nurse’s interaction with elders, family members and other caregivers.

This class will allow the student opportunities to learn and demonstrate skills in providing personal care and physical assessments.. In addition, classes will focus on learning material that apply skills particular to the Canadian Health care system and care of the older adult with an emphasis on assessment proficiency, psychomotor skills and documentation abilities. The simulation suite will be utilized to help expand the learning experience.

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have the opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

GNUR 399 College Orientation will introduce students to the Selkirk College campus experience and will include orientation to the Canadian life, campus resources, and expectations of the program.

As people age, cognitive and affective function can be impacted by life events, role change, personal choice and behaviour, acute and chronic disease, or environmental stressors. With a view to helping the older individual attain their optimal level of wellness, this course will explore those psychosocial issues through the lens of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Readings and course dialogue will help gerontological nurses develop strategies to assess coping ability, identify risk factors that undermine independence and well-being, and promote psychosocial health.