Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, a master of science degree in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing from the University of San Diego. Her dissertation research examined the documentation of a systematic assessment for delirium in hospitalized older adult patients who had been medicated with selected antipsychotic medications.
Currently director of the Master’s Entry Program in nursing and teaching in the Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of San Diego’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for more than 30 years. A board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist since 2008, her experience spans a number of nursing practice areas, including medical, surgical, orthopedic, critical care, gastroenterology, psychiatry, and gerontology. Areas of professional interest include delirium, dementia, palliative care, fall prevention, and end-of-life care.
Dr. Close serves on the board and is very active in the National Gerontological Nursing Association and, in 2010, served as a member of the American Nurses Association Gerontological Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice Revision work group. She is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the California Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, Zeta Mu At-Large Chapter, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Jacqueline Close has disclosed that she has no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course book.