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Basics of Elderly Nursing

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SHA0301
Type: Compulsory / Professional Studies
Curriculum: S-SH 2008H
Level: Bachelor of Health Care
Year of Study: 1 (2008-2009)
Credits: 4 cr
Responsible Teacher: Nurmi, Regina
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2008-2009

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
17S-SH-1B2008-08-25 – 2008-12-20Marita SalmuFinnish2008-08-15 – 2008-09-07
18S-SH-1A2008-08-25 – 2008-12-20Sinikka MäkynenFinnish2008-08-15 – 2008-09-07
19S-TH-1A2008-08-25 – 2008-12-20Sinikka MäkynenFinnish2008-08-15 – 2008-09-07
20S-SH-1CK2009-01-05 – 2009-05-02Sinikka MäkynenFinnish2008-12-08 – 2009-01-30

Learning Outcomes

The student will understand the structural, functional and psychological changes related to ageing. The student knows the most common illnesses related to old age and learns about the treatments and examination methods. The student will learn to help senior people to maintain their ability to act and be active. The student knows how to appreciate life history and experience of an aging person. The student learns how to implement and plan care and nursing that will maintain the ability to manage everyday routines and promote rehabilitation.


Gerontology and geriatrics as a branch of science with research methods.The structural, functional and psychological changes related to ageing. The most common illnesses related to old age treatments and examination methods. Encountering an elderly person and nursing him/her. Service systems and networks. Principles of nursing for elderly. Nursing of ill and demented elderly persons.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

- Lyyra T-M, Pikkarainen A. & Tiikkainen P. 2007. Vanheneminen ja terveys. Hoitotieto. Edita.

- Tilvis, R. et al. (ed.) 2001. Geriatria. Helsinki. Duodecim. Specified pages.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises , independent study.

Assessment Methods

Participation in exercises and examination or assignment. Numeric assessment.