Welcome to the School of Nursing
The School of Nursing, University of Wollongong, is identified as a provider of high quality professional education and contributing to the generation and dissemination of knowledge within a research-intensive university. We enjoy a sound reputation both academically and clinically. The Bachelor of Nursing programme is delivered on five sites (Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Southern Sydney, Batemans Bay and Bega). In addition, we have an expansive post graduate portfolio and research agenda. It is the philosophy of the School of Nursing that everyone participates in quality assurance processes and academic governance.
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A new program to combat delirium among older people will be trialled in two Illawarra hospitals from December.
The program, developed by UOW and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, aims to equip nurses with the skills to better recognise and treat delirium – a condition that affects up to 50 per cent of older Australians admitted to hospital.
Delirium is an acute confusion caused by untreated infection, post-operative complication, medication side effects, dehydration or constipation. Symptoms include disorientation, agitation, hallucinations, lethargy and drowsiness, which commonly go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as dementia or depression.
Aged care specialist Associate Professor Victoria Traynor (pictured), from UOW’s School of Nursing, said delirium in older people leads to increased rates of illness, dementia, re-location into nursing homes and mortality.
Delirium care resources available at smah.uow.edu.au/nursing/adhere/deliriumcare