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.

Contemporary Issues in Gerontology will provide students with an understanding of how the process of aging affects individuals and how an aging population affects and influences Canadian society. Aging will be examined within historical, contemporary and culture contexts. Topics will include aging and health, aging demographics, the psychology and sociology of aging, finances and economics, retirement, leisure, housing and transportation, and family social supports. Participants will have the opportunity to identify and examine their personal beliefs and values about the aging process throughout the course.

GNUR 411 Introduction to Nursing Leadership is a dynamic course for new and aspiring leaders. Learners will develop strong interpersonal and team building skills while exploring their own personal philosophy of leadership. Students will focus on and develop skills to manage conflict in the workplace, build team performance, collaborate effectively with others, problem solve, and manage change while pursuing personal improvement and development as future leaders in the health care system.

Provides an overview of drugs used in the Canadian context and relevant lab values related to drug therapy. An understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to the aging body will assist the gerontological nurse in understanding drug reactions. The nursing role in medication management with aging clients will be defined.  Reasons for drug misuse and abuse will be explored, and principles and strategies developed to improve drug regime compliance.  The role of nurses and their practice in culturally diverse contexts is considered. This course is a hybrid of classroom and online learning.

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.

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.