This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to perform nursing interventions to support the social and emotional wellbeing and nursing care needs of the older person in both acute care settings and residential care environments.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses, and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines; - analysed health information and the clinical presentation of 2 older people to reach an accurate conclusion on possible nursing interventions related to their care, in consultation with a registered nurse, and; - performed nursing interventions and monitored nursing care for 1 older person with dementia and 1 older person with a physical disability.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the potential impacts of dual or multiple diagnoses on identification and prioritisation of the older person's needs; - chronic age-related health problems; - continence care; - how to care for a deceased person; - oral hygiene for a partial or fully edentulous person; - counselling and support services and resources in the aged care environment and wider community; - difference between end-of-life care and palliative care; - functional assessment tools for assessing older people; - limitations and legal ramifications of physical, chemical and psychological restraint; - legal and ethical issues and considerations, and assessment tools relevant to the older person; - nature of dementia as a progressive neurological condition, and strategies and nursing interventions that can be used with people with dementia; - primary health care and services for the older person; - stereotypes and influences on ageing; - strategies to respond to challenging behavior; - physical triggers for behaviour including pain and not wearing the prescribed hearing aids or alternative listening devices; - complementary therapies; - the importance of a safe, physical, social and emotional environment for all older people, and particularly for people with dementia; - theories of ageing, and; - physiology of the ageing process as it relates to disease processes.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.