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Course Description

Credit Units: 2
Lecturer: Mrs Comfort Stephen Aguiyi ( Rn,Rm,Phns,Bns,Msn), Email Id:, College of Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences

Course description:

This course is designed to enable the student acquire knowledge and skills needed to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the elderly. The course will also equip the student with the knowledge on how to use the nursing process to manage and teach clients at home using available resources. 

This course includes the following lecture themes: 

  • Theories of ageing 
  • Changes associated with ageing: physical, emotional and psycho-social 
  • Problems of the aged: Physical, emotional and psycho-social 
  • Management and care of the aged 
  • Physical care: movement, feeding and nutrition, personal hygiene, safety and protection, medication 
  • Emotional care: group therapy, role-play and recreation, privacy, counseling 
  • Social care: NGO’s, government and family system 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Financial support 
  • Home Nursing 
  • Types of patients to be nursed at home 
  • Importance of home nursing 
  • Resources needed for home nursing and their importance
  • Human Resources: nurse, relatives, friends 
  • Material resources: equipment, facilities for sterilization, dressing, drugs/disinfectants, bedding and finances 
  • Duties of the home nurse: physical and emotional care, administration of drugs, care of family, with emphasis on the aged, collection of specimen, management of emergencies, recording and reporting on the care given,
  • Collaborating with other community and health agencies. 
  • The nurse’s role when death occurs in the home 

Methods of Instruction:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Discussions groups
  • Quest lectures
  • Reading of articles from relevant scientific journals
  • Projects ( e.g. case studies, poster presentation, seminar presentation)

Methods of Course Assessment:

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the university policy. The lecturer will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Criteria                                     Marks

Individual Works/Tasks                         10

Class Tests                                            10

Class Assignments                                10

Final Examination                                 70

TOTAL                                           100

Pre-requisite courses:


Co-requisite course(s):


Recommended Reference Materials:

  1. Restorative Care Nursing for Older Adults: A Guide for All Care Settings, 2nd edition.  

Springer Publishing Company, New York,  216pp., $55.00 (paper).

Debra J. Sheets, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, CNE, Frank J. Whittington, PhD 

  1. The Gerontologist, Volume 52, Issue 6, December 2012, Pages 876–879,

Retrieved 2017-04-29. 

  1. World Health Organization (WHO). “Interesting facts about aging”. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  1. “Specialty nursing association global vision statement on care of older adults” (PDF).
  1. “Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA)”. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2017-11-24. 

Ebersole, Priscilla (1997). “Doris Schwartz: A living legend”. Geriatric Nursing. 18 (6): 277–279. doi:10.1016/S0197-4572(97)90363-3

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