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					Geriatric Nursing
Course objectives
The objectives of the course are for students to acquire the advanced skills needed to
independently identify and assess a patient’s need of support and to evaluate nursing from a
resource and holistic perspective towards the patient. Students will be further trained in
keeping nursing records etc. based on a nursing theory approach. Additionally, the course
will enable students to reflect more deeply over issues related to ethics and life philosophy
during the care of the elderly and develop their nursing skills for dying patients and their
families. Moreover, students will learn to independently administer health promotion and
prevention care at a community level from a cultural, socioeconomic, gender and age
perspective. The course also includes advanced training in family-oriented nursing designed
to encourage the involvement of family and friends and their influence over the nursing
programme provided, as well as training in the administrative and pedagogical leadership
skills a nurse requires. Finally, students will also be trained on the basis of clinical healthcare
and rehabilitation activities to work alongside other caring professions in order to acquire an
understanding of their competence areas.



    -   understanding the application of the nursing process in geriatric care
    -   identifying and noting ageing-related health resources and learning more about
        what it is like to live with physical, mental and intellectual disabilities
    -   learning to plan a care programme with the patient, his/her family and friends
        and other professional groups, and learning about the responsibility of
        multiprofessional teams as regards the communication of information between
        in-patient and out-patient care
    -   developing an awareness of the function of pensioner, disabled and patient
        organisations as support resources
    -   developing an awareness of the role played by different service functions in
        geriatric nursing and homecare
    -   developing an understanding of the life conditions of the long-term sick and of
        society’s support resources as regards care policy goals
    -   increasing awareness of the importance of different caring environments for
        encouraging an active and meaningful life for geriatric and homecare patients
    -   understanding the content and implications of laws and statutes of relevance to
        geriatric nursing in relation to the nurse’s own areas of responsibility
    -   developing insight into health economics as related to geriatric nursing and
        homecare
    -   analysing and evaluating different quality systems within geriatric nursing and
        homecare
    -   developing greater competence as regards good nursing practice for dying
        patients
    -   analysing healthcare ethical problems related to ageing and death
-   improving their awareness of prioritisations made within geriatric nursing and
    homecare.


-   administering personal nursing intervention independently on the basis of
    nursing diagnostics from a holistic and resource perspective towards the
    elderly patient
-   helping to create positive social environments for daily life, activities and
    socialising
-   developing and applying nursing methods with a focus on ADL activities,
    movement techniques and tools useful for self-care rehabilitation, as well as
    creative activities, such as drama, role-play, art, music and humour
-   nursing dying patients and helping to develop good a relationship with and
    support for family and friends
-   gaining insight into geriatric nursing quality systems and identifying and
    formulating quality standards for nursing
-   identifying, developing and preserving personal qualities and the awareness of
    value conflicts in geriatric nursing
-   independently informing and providing health information and education to
    patients and their families and friends, as well as teaching and supervising
    students and staff
-   independently developing their leadership role, administratively as well as
    pedagogically, at nursing planning meetings in conjunction with other
    professions
-   training leadership skills in terms of being a mentor and nursing supervisor as
    intervention for good nursing practice
-   independently presenting patient situations, and initiating and taking part in
    clinical seminars
-   applying nursing informatics: includes training in digital nursing
    documentation and evidence based geriatric nursing and homecare, as well as
    the use of nursing evaluation instruments.


-   understanding the application of the nursing process in homecare
-   administering personal nursing intervention independently on the basis of
    nursing diagnostics from a holistic and resource perspective towards the
    homecare patient
-   independently training nursing methods with a focus on pedagogical and
    development activities
-   identifying and supporting the health resources of homecare patients
-   analysing healthcare ethical problems related to homecare
-   identifying and formulating quality standards for homecare nursing
-   identifying and observing the gender and cultural aspects of homecare
-   understanding the content and implications of laws and statutes of relevance to
    homecare/nursing in relation to the nurse’s own areas of responsibility
-   acting independently in complex nursing situations in the home environment
    in relation to health risks to the carer and patient
-   independently informing and providing health information and self-care
    advice to patients and their family and friends, as well as teaching and
    supervising students and staff
   -   independently developing their leadership role in different home environments
       with respect to ethical considerations and interdisciplinary cooperation
   -   training leadership skills in terms of being a mentor and nursing supervisor as
       intervention for supporting solitary work, intimate nursing relations and
       dependency situations.


   -   satisfy the patients need of medical care, nursing and rehabilitation with a high
       degree of independence
   -   develop their own professional competence and to acquire a perspective on
       their own professional role in the team
   -   develop an understanding of the competence and roles of other professions, as
       well as of the patient as a healthcare resource
   -   acquire greater insight into the meaning and implications of professional ethics
   -   develop a greater understanding of communication and teamwork.

Course content
From a self-care rehabilitative perspective and using nursing methods: to apply ADL,
pedagogical and creative activities, as well as development activities as a framework
for helping patients handle their own life situations as independently as possible
without their lives losing a sense of pleasure and purpose. A particular focus is placed
on opportunities and limitations in relation to healthcare environments,
multiprofessional teams and information communication between in-patient and out-
patient care and nursing.

The clinical education comprises two continual periods in geriatric care/rehabilitation
and homecare, in which the students are to develop their ability to reflect over their
own values towards ageing and elderly people’s nursing needs, as well as their own
attitudes towards death so as to make them aware of their personal and professional
competence in supporting the individual patient. As regards homecare, the students
are to develop their own ability to reflect on their own thoughts about being treated in
a home environment. One common theme in the clinical education is administrative
and pedagogical leadership competence based on the students’ personal abilities to
lead, organise and cooperate, and to inspire, encourage and support the resources
possessed by others.


   -   planning, administering, evaluating. and documenting nursing intervention in
       consultation with the patient
   -   leading work teams and being able to independently prioritise and delegate
       nursing work and providing medical prescriptions and treatments
   -   being able to plan, carry out and evaluate teaching activities and satisfy the
       patient’s need of information and health advice, all in consultation with the
       patient and his/her family and friends
   -   being able to contribute from her/her own professional role to ethical
       discussions and to collaborate on, identify and carry out interventions as
       regards the patient’s need of care, respectfully and sensitively.

Teaching methods
The teaching methods aim to integrate the course’s knowledge fields (nursing science,
medical science, social and behavioural science) and to apply theoretical knowledge to
clinical practice and vice versa. They also aim to develop a scientific approach through active
information searching, problem solving, and critical reflection and analysis. The course uses
the following teaching methods: basic group work, lectures, seminars, literature study,
discussion forums, proficiency training and clinical education. The clinical education includes
supervision and reflection, individually and in groups.




Content Out Line Of Geriatric


 Week         Hours                                Subjects                                Methods
                                                                                              of
                                                                                           teaching

1st week 4hours -Over view of Geriatric (Mr. Mohammad Marie)
                                                                                          - Lectures

  2nd        4hours       -INTRODUCTION TO GERIATRIC MEDICINE(Mr. Mohammad                - Lectures -
                          Marie)                                                          groups work
 week


3rd          4hours -Aging & the Musculoskeletal System(Mr.                               - Lectures
                          Mohammad Marie)
week                                                                                      -groups work


4th          4hours       -Aging and the Elderly                                          -Lectures

week                                                                                      -groups work

5th          4hours           First Exam (1hour)                                          -Lectures

week                                                                                      -groups work
                          -Discussions Up to date articles about Geriatrics

                          (Mr. Mohammad Marie)


  6th        4hours       - Mental Disorders and Aging                                    -Lectures

 week                     -Ethical/Legal Issues in Care of Geriatric Patients
                                                                                          -groups work
                          (Mr. Mohammad Marie)
                      Second Exam (1hour)                                   Lectures

                                                                            -groups work
 7th   4hours   -Geriatric Giants: Challenging/Difficult Behaviors in the
week            Acutely Ill Older Adult (Mr. Mohammad Marie)

 8th   4hours   -Caring When We Cannot Cure:
                Research in Geriatric Palliative Care (Mr. Mohammad
week
                Marie)                                                      Lectures

                                                                            -groups work

                Final Exam

				
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