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NRS375 Health Optimisation 1: Gerontic Nursing Care (8)


This subject expands upon students' existing knowledge of adult nursing care with an emphasis on the ageing process. It focuses on philosophies, principles and practices within a holistic framework in relation to the older person. This subject 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.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Nursing
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
(NRS291 and NRS293) or NRS240NRS353 NRS385

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
1. 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.
2. be able to evaluate and synthesise theories of ageing eg. biological, sociological, psychological, and spiritual.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. be able to competently assess, plan, deliver and evaluate nursing care for people with chronic and complex health problems.
6. be able to demonstrate knowledge of the application of the Aged Care Act, Privacy Act, Guardianship Act, and the Codes of Conduct and ethical practice for aged care facilities and nurses, through their practice and in the application to case scenarios.
7. be able to apply and evaluate critical thinking and reflection in the context of nursing.
8. be able to apply and evaluate planning, problem solving and decision making in the context of nursing.
9. be able to apply and evaluate evidence for best practice in nursing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. Theories of aging 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
(a) Aspects of ageing: physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the older person
(b) Family dynamics, carer support, stress and burnout, elderly abuse
(c) The effect of the ageing process on body systems and functioning to meet activities of daily living
(d) Needs of older Indigenous, multicultural and rural Australians

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 interprofessional 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) Aged Care Act
(b) Standards of aged care
(c) Aged care sector code of conduct and ethical practice
(d) Implementing appropriate methods of documentation
(e) Guardianship Act
(f) Discrimination legislation
(g) Aged care packages, advance care directives

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 1 day residential school. Relevant lectures, tutorials, practical classes and/or assessment activities.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 October 2015. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.