NUR 260: Nursing Care of Older Adults
Prerequisite: NUR 242; Corequisite: NUR 235, NUR 250, NUR 251
Theoretical knowledge and skills consistent with the ANA Gerontological Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice (2010) that guide the care of older adults and their families. The outcomes of nursing care are to maximize the health, functional ability and quality of life for older adults. Normal aging changes, risk factors that affect health and functional ability and cultural diversity of the older adult population are studied to determine nursing interventions that improve quality of life. Standardized assessment tools identified as the Best Practices in Care for Older Adults by The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing are introduced for assessing the unique care needs of the older adult population. Common health problems of older adults and end of life care serve as exemplars in planning nursing care. Legal and ethical issues are noted as they impact the health and care of older adults.