University of Technology Sydney

92460 Nursing Care of the Older Person

6cp; 1hpw (lecture, on campus or online), 3hpw (laboratory or online laboratory preparation), 1hpw (online learning module). To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring 2021 has been adjusted. Laboratory classes will now run in an intensive format and not as originally timetabled. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.
Requisite(s): (92455 Family and Children's Nursing AND 92454 Medical Surgical Nursing) OR ((92439 Family and Children's Nursing OR 92438 Medical Surgical Nursing))
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



In this subject students explore the foundation principles and practice of person-centred nursing care of the older person in a variety of health care contexts. Students have the opportunity to explore the normal ageing process and the diseases and dysfunctions that can occur in older age. The provision of quality care to the older person with multiple physical, social and psychological co-morbidities is emphasised. Students gain skills in undertaking comprehensive physical and psychological health assessments of older persons and interprofessional approaches to care. Students continue to develop nursing skills specifically in relation to wound care, continence and bowel management, enteral supports, and end-of-life care. Through the provision of interactive online modules, collaborative tutorials and lectures provided by industry experts, this subject encourages students to engage with this important area of healthcare.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

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