Alzheimer's Disease: A Complete Guide for Nurses
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Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
With the increased focus on gerontological care, nurses must focus on the disease processes that are specific to this population, including dementia. This course provides a thorough review of the major issues regarding one form of dementia—Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Because health practitioners must understand the differences between expected aging processes and the pathophysiology of AD, this course focuses on identification of underlying conditions and the nurse’s participation in this process. The course presents therapeutic approaches for AD such as reality orientation, reminiscing, validation, and the Need-Driven Dementia-Compromised Behavior Model. New medications for AD are reviewed, and tips are provided for avoiding dosage and administration errors. An appendix provides a review of pharmacology principles, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Considerations of caregiving are discussed, including the financial and legal implications of care, as well as caregiver health. Obstacles to communication, bowel and bladder incontinence, and barriers to meeting nutritional needs are presented along with strategies for dealing with them. Nurses will learn about the many issues a caregiver will likely address, such as pain and hospitalization, as well as less obvious needs of patients, including spiritual, religious, and activity needs.
California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 10 hours through July 19, 2017.
- Discuss the differences between dementia, depression and delirium.
- Identify normal aging vs. Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Discuss physical/chemical restraint use and alternative methods.
- Identify nursing interventions and treatment approaches.
- Discuss medications and non-pharmacological treatments.
- Discuss therapeutic approaches for managing difficult behavior in patients with AD.
- Identify issues facing caregivers.
Patricia N. Allen, MSN, RN, APRN, has been teaching undergraduate nursing courses in the Adult Health Department at Indiana University School of Nursing at Bloomington since 1999. She is the current coordinator of gerontology content for all nursing courses on the Bloomington campus and represents the campus in The John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence group for Indiana University School of Nursing. She is also a gerontology content writer for several grants and projects including a recent Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) awarded to the Indiana University Center on the Aged and Aging. She has codeveloped continuing education courses for care of older adults and a web-based course for multidisciplinary care of older adults through Indiana University at Bloomington.
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