For courses in Nursing Older Adults, Gerontological Nursing and Aged Care.
As the current Australian population ages, care of older adults is becoming increasingly important. For nurses, this provides career opportunities that can encompass advanced nursing practice, management, education and policy governance.
This text introduces the many screening, assessment and interventions nurses use on a daily basis in their care delivery to older adults in Australia. Each chapter includes information on data collection and the development of a portfolio to aid a student’s career planning, by demonstrating through reflection and organisation their previous experience and learning opportunities.
Section One: The Big Issues
4. Quality Use of Medicines
Section Two: The Hidden Issues
6. Abuse of Older People
7. Alcohol and Other Drugs
8. Australian Population Mix
Section Three: Wide Ranging Issues
9. Chronic Disease
10. Palliative Care
11. Mental Health
Before arriving in Australia over 10 years ago, Sue Brown practised as a nurse in both the UK and South Africa. Concentrating firmly on the area of wellness in the older adult, Sue completed a Doctor of Nursing (La Trobe University) and went on to take up a position at James Cook University, Cairns. She acts as a consultant to aged care facilities and is a member of the editorial committee of Geriaction and the Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal.
Susan Hunt, contributing author to Chapter 4, is senior lecturer in the School of Nursing at The University of Notre Dame, Sydney. She has worked in the areas of incontinence and Quality Use of Medicines, and is a director of the National Prescribing Service.