NRS306 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care (8)

This course expands upon students' existing knowledge of adult nursing care with an emphasis on the aging process. It focuses on philosophies, principles and practices within a holistic framework in relation to the older person.  This course is centred on the changing role of the nurse within a society where there is an increased aged care population, living with changes to their daily activities as well as increased health risk factors associated with the ageing process. Both institutional and community perspectives are considered in the context of the health care environment with a focus on principles of health promotion and health teaching and care of the older person.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Assumed Knowledge
NRS303 and NRS304

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse the determinants of health and wellness and relate them to the social, political, cultural and environmental factors that impact on the older person.
  • be able to evaluate and synthesise theories of ageing eg. biological, sociological, psychological, and spiritual.
  • be able to critically analyse how social and carer attitudes affect the person as they grow older including the images of ageing and ageing stereotypes and their effect on nurses/nursing care.
  • be able to evaluate current policies and the global perspectives on ageing and care of the aged in a multicultural society and trends in the future of aged care.
  • be able to competently assess, plan, deliver and evaluate nursing care for people with chronic and complex health problems.
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the application of relevant Canadian Acts, Standards of conduct and ethical practice for aged care facilities and nurses, through their practice and in the application to case scenarios.
  • be able to apply and evaluate critical thinking and reflection in the context of nursing.
  • be able to apply and evaluate planning, problem solving and decision making in the context of nursing.
  • be able to apply and evaluate evidence for best practice in nursing.


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Theories of ageing and the well older adult in primary, secondary and tertiary health care and prevention:

    (a) The social construction of ageing from a community, national and global perspectives

    (b) Health promotion and health education strategies for the older person

    (c) Aspects of ageing: physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the older person

    (d) Family dynamics, carer support, stress and burnout, elderly abuse

    (e) The effect of the ageing process on body systems and functioning to meet activities of daily living

    (f) Needs of older Indigenous, multicultural and rural Canadians

  2. Contemporary approaches to gerontic nursing care:

    (a) Models of gerontic nursing care and transitions of the older person

    (b) The well/independent aged person

    (c) Health promotion and health education strategies for the older person

    (d) Community based care

    (e) High/low residential care

    (f) Acute care

    (g) Respite care

    (h) Rehabilitation nursing and the inter-professional rehabilitation team

  3. Nursing assessment, interventions and care of individuals with selected long term health challenges pertinent to older people:

    (a) Patterns of health and illness in the ageing process and ageing populations

    (b) Risk factors

    (c) Sensory and motor impairments

    (d) Delirium

    (e) Dementia

    (f) Effect of drugs on the older person eg. polypharmacy

    (g) Confusional states

    (h) Diabetes

    (i) Osteoporosis

    (j) Cataracts and other visual challenges

  4. Government policies and legislation related to aged care provision:

    (a) Standards of aged care

    (b) Aged care sector code of conduct and ethical practice

    (c) Implementing appropriate methods of documentation

    (d) Discrimination legislation

    (e) Aged care packages, advance care directives

    (f) Nurses Act 1991

    (g) Regulated Health Professionals Act

    (h) Canadian Health Act

    (i) Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

    (j) Long Term Care Act 1994

    (k) Health Care Consent Act

    (l) Ontario Mental Health Act

    (m) Patient Restraint Minimisation Act

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

For students studyng by distance education there is a compulsory 2 day residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.