Care of the Older Person Course Outline

by Anna Katharina on October 31, 2012

in Nurse Quad,School

This is the Course Outline of the BSN  Elective subject Care of the Older Person based on BSN Curriculum CMO#14. This subject is taken by fourth year BSN students in their last semester.

A. Factors that affect normal functioning of the older persons

  • Demographics of Aging
  • Theories of Aging
  • Socioeconomic Aspects of Aging
  • The Aging Family The Well Older Person Changes in the Older person and their Implications to Care
  • Physical/ Physiological/Biological
  • Social and Psychological Emotional

B. Cultural factors/ethnicity such as regard for elders, perception of health

C. Risk factors associated with chronic illness

D. Patterns of Illness of the older persons

E. Comprehensive geriatric assessment

F. Nursing Diagnosis related to Wellness, & chronic illness

G. Problems related to the older persons

  • Physiologic functioning
  • Behavioral
  • Safety

H. Needs for Self-care, life support, health maintenance

I. Health problems in chronic illness

J. Levels of care

K. Principles in the care of the older persons

  • Wellness
  • Health promotion
  • Chronic illness
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Quality of Life

L. Nursing Interventions for specific problems of the older persons include care that support:

  •  Wellness
    • Nutrition support
    • Activity and exercise
    • Stress management
  • Physiologic functioning
    • Activity & exercise
    • Nutrition support
    • Respiratory management
    • Tissue perfusion management
    • Electrolyte and acid-base balance management
    • Skin/wound management
    • Physical comfort promotion
  • Behavioral
    • Coping assistance
    • Patient education
    • Spiritual care
  • Safety
    • Risk reduction activities
    • Management of the environment
    • Bioethical components of care

M. Community resources for care of older persons

N. Criteria for evaluation

  • Indicators for wellness
  • Responses to care

O. Gerontological nursing concepts, standards of care

P. Ethical aspects in the care of the older person

Q. Current trends and issues in the care of the older person

R. Evidence based interventions in the care of older persons


Meiner, Sue E. Gerontologic Nursing Third Edition. Mosby, 2006

Smeltzer, Suzanne C. Medical-Surgical Nursing Tenth Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2004

Tabloski, P. (2010). Gerontological Nursing. (2nd ed.) Upper Sadle River, N. J.: Pearson Education

Introductory Gerontological Nursing (2001) Sally Roach. Lippincott Williams


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