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Aged Care Nursing

The sciences of medicine, nursing, nutrition and environmental studies, among others, have brought about a significant prolongation of life, especially in the past hundred years. Because people are living longer, the aged population has grown remarkably and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Along with a decrease in mortality (and an increase in the aged population), there has been a significant increase in morbidity. This means that there is a greater number of frail and ill elderly people than ever before, and specialist aged-care nurses are in high demand. This chapter reviews the specialty of aged care nursing, with particular emphasis on the skills of assessment and care planning.

Contents include

  • Knowledge base
  • Skills needed by nurses
  • Assessment
  • Analysis
  • Planning and provision of care
  • Models of care
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Sue is a Nurse Consultant and Educator. She has substantial experience working as a clinical, manager and teacher in both the private and public health care sectors. As well, she has worked as Director of Nursing of a residential aged care facility, clinical nursing in corrections health and regular night nursing shifts. She is well known as an informed, humourous and interesting teacher on a range of professional topics relevant to all levels of nursing.

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