GNUR 508:  Clinical Skills and the Older Adult builds on and consolidates concepts and nursing knowledge from earlier courses in the program.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice relevant psychomotor skills associated with complex episodic and chronic health challenges experienced by older adults.  This course will emphasize participant assessment proficiency, relevant clinical skills, documentation and relational capacity.  The simulation suite will be utilized to help expand the learner’s experience.

GNUR 525: Nursing Practice in Multiple Clinical Settings provides opportunities for participants to experience the RN roles and responsibilities working with older adults.  Participants will experience interdisciplinary team collaboration, and have opportunities to be health educators and mentorship of novice students.  They will work in professional roles with groups, families and individuals, in communities, agencies and care facilities, to consolidate their learning.

This course will look at current theories of causality, presenting behaviours, risk factors and therapies for each of these conditions. The impact on family and professional caregivers will be assessed. Dementia care will focus on methods to enhance and retain patient abilities.

This course will detail the unique roles and functions of geriatric care by exploring historical underpinnings, societal needs, and current issues. Twos conceptual model for care of the acutely ill, chronically ill or frail elders will provide groundwork for use of assessment tools and critical analysis. A focus on health promotion and wellness in later life will guide and direct leadership in the care of older adults. Web, electronic and journal resources that support practice will be identified.

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.

Mental decline is not synonymous with old age. Mental health may be negatively affected by particular mental illnesses, by depression, by stress and poor adaptability, or by medical factors. Mental wellness and brain health can be boosted by timely assessment and diagnosis with appropriate treatment, education or social support. This course will explore vulnerabilities that predispose older adults to mental distress or illness with a focus on stabilizing and improving ability to problem-solve, improving ability to sound personal decisions, and maintaining personal integrity and dignity.