GNUR 412 Professional Nursing in the Canadian Health Care System will introduce international nurses to the structure of the Canadian health care system, and the roles and scopes of practice of nurses working within it.  Theoretical foundations of professional nursing practice will provide a basis for understanding and examining Standards of Practice and ethical responsibilities within nursing.  The significance of health promotion and holistic health care will underscore how nurses can provide care that strives to help clients gain or retain quality of life and reduce health disparities within diverse populations.

Looks at how 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 and a Successful Aging theory.  Readings and course dialogue help gerontological nurses to develop strategies to assess coping ability, identify risk factors that undermine independence and well-being, and promote psychosocial health.

Physical Aging and Chronic Disease Management (Part One) focuses on the normal changes of aging in all body systems. Select chronic diseases or conditions and their treatment modalities, will be reviewed simultaneously with body system overviews. Using Carol Miller’s (2015) Model for Promoting Wellness in Older Adults, an exploration of potential risk factors, iatrogenic complications, and functional challenge will lead the nurse to critically think about how to enhance physical health function. The compounding effect of acute illness on chronic health problems will also be examined.

This is a continuation of GNUR- I 511 examination normal changes of aging in body systems and introducing further chronic conditions and their treatment modalities.

This is a continuation of GNUR- I 511 examination normal changes of aging in body systems and introducing further chronic conditions and their treatment modalities.

MHAD 500 Mental Health and Addictions is an introduction to the study of Mental Health and Addiction problems from a lifespan perspective, with a special focus on aging populations. The course examines a spectrum of Mental Health and Substance Use problems pertinent to men and women over 50 years of age from a harm reduction perspective.  A case-based approach is used to highlight the biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of Mental Health and Substance Use problems that may occur as people grow older.