Mental Health Nursing of Older People
Mental Health Nursing offers a valuable contribution to the care of older people. The complex interaction of physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioural and social stressors, resources and strengths can affect the older person’s function, health, mental state and quality of life. Fifteen to twenty percent of older people have significant mental health problems. The psychiatric disorders experienced by the elderly are often overlooked, misdiagnosed or mistreated, leading to high co-morbidity and increasing health care costs, but perhaps most importantly leads to unnecessary suffering and compromised ability to lead life to the fullest.
This unique course encompasses knowledge and skills from the disciplines of mental health and aged care nursing, psychiatry, psychology, geriatric medicine and pharmacology. Major diagnostic syndromes, complex clinical assessment and mental health nursing interventions are emphasised as well as an understanding of the psychosocial effects of ageing on mental health.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health and Medicine|
|School||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
Trimester 3 - 2016
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Introduction to Mental Health Nursing of Older People
Psychiatric Disorders and Psychopharmacology
|Assumed Knowledge||Foundations of nursing and or midwifery knowledge, nursing and or midwifery theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies|
|Timetable||2016 Course Timetables for NURS6070|