The program aims to provide essential skills to nurses working with elderly people in a hospital/nursing home environment. The 3-month module will consist of university/hospital based lectures, webinars and individual tutorials with a strong focus on work-based learning
Mode of Delivery
- Skype and on site classes by GHA expert faculty
- On site simulation based practical training
- Clinical postings
- Reading material provided
- Explain the challenges of caring for elderly people
- Manage Commonly obtaing medical conditions in the medical care of elderly patients
- Manage the impact of long term conditions on family and relatives/wider community
- Assess the risk of malnutrition using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST).
- To identify markers of weight loss
- How to use weight charts
- Explain types of enteral and parental nutrition
- How to insert nasogastric tubes (NGS) & NGs with bridle
- Maintain accurate fluid balance and know the importance of accurate fluid balance
- Name the drugs associated with management of long
- Appropriately manage pain in older people
- To communicate with elderly people
- Provide information on other communication aids and strategies that we can utilise with elderly people
- How to maintain skin integrity
- How to manage pressure ulcer
- Grading pressure ulcers
- Wound management, including choice of dressings
- Explain the term dementia & the different types of dementia.
- How to manage patients with distressed patients
- How to manage delirium
- Assess mental capacity in patients with dementia.
- Appropriate use of restraints - physical and pharmacological
- Learning Outcomes - Modules
- Understand the etiology of Parkinson's.
- The impact of Parkinson's on patients (psychosocial)
- To explain medications used in treating Parkinson's
- The importance of correct timing of medications
- Complications of Parkinson's disease
- Role of family/carers in management of Parkinson's
- To outline the risk of falls associated with hospital care
- To use the multi factorial falls assessment tool
- To implement the post falls protocol and procedure
- To analyse and reflect using falls specific case examples
- How to perform lying and standing blood pressure
- To explain medications used to treat syncope
- To safely carry out urethral catheter care protecting the
patient from contamination by pathogenic organisms
- Explain the potential risks associated with poor catheter care.
- Explain the appropriate use of laxatives and enemas.
- How to manage people towards the end of life
- Symptom management in end of life
- Medications used in end of life
- Explain available alternative therapies.
- Be able to use syringe driver during the end of life
- Written Report
- Practice assessment document
Applicants should have a graduate nursing degree (BSc/GNM) with a minimum of two years nursing experience