• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Hours: 16 Contact Hours
    Author(s): Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
    Peer Reviewer(s):Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN
    Item#: N1750
    Contents: 1 Course Book (346 pages)
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    Alzheimer's Disease: A Complete Guide to Patient-Centered Nursing

    Price $54.95
    Item # N1750
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    Release Date: May 17, 2017

    Expiration Date: May 31, 2020

    This course covers an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and the updated criteria and guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Communication challenges, nutrition, incontinence, falls and restraint use, and pain and hospitalization for the person with Alzheimer’s disease are thoroughly covered in separate chapters. It is important to think beyond the physical care of the person with dementia, therefore, spirituality, palliative and end-of-life care are presented in the context of the person with AD. Pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions are covered extensively   as well as a chapter on caregiving. 

    Texas Nurses  - This course fulfills 2-hour Older Adult/Geriatric Care requirement.

    Course Objectives
    • Differentiate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) from other types of cognitive impairments.
    • Explain the normal changes of an aging brain as well as the changes that occur in the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Explain the differentials/diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and how nurses can have an impact on eventual outcomes for the patient and family.
    • Discuss the nursing process and best practice interventions in treating communication concerns of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Discuss the nursing process for incontinence and nutritional concerns in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Discuss falls, fall prevention, and restraint use in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Explain the assessment, interventions, and outcomes of pain in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The learner will also be able to identify reasons for hospitalization of people with AD and nursing considerations.
    • Recognize the need to incorporate holistic nursing care into practice, discuss the concepts of spirituality, and formulate the special palliative care and end-of-life needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Recognize common therapeutic approaches for managing the behavior of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and identify how these approaches can be incorporated into their nursing practice.
    • Identify and apply the pharmacologic principles that guide the care of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
    • Recognize the many challenges Alzheimer’s disease (AD) caregivers face through the course of the illness and the role of the professional nurse through the progressive caregiving journey.

    Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, a master of science in nursing from Point Loma Nazarene University, and a doctor of philosophy 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 select antipsychotic medications. Currently a clinical associate professor in the Master’s Entry Program in nursing and the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of San Diego, Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for over 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, fall prevention, and end-of-life care. Dr. Close serves on the board and is very active in the National Gerontological Nursing Association and served as a member of the American Nurses Association Gerontological Nursing Scope & Standards of Practice revision and update in 2010. 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.

    Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN, received her diploma in nursing from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing, a bachelor of science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and master of nursing and doctor of nursing science degrees from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Currently a professor in the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University and A&M College, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Spurlock teaches across the graduate and doctoral programs in nursing. She is recognized nationally as an expert in the care of older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. In addition to holding board certifications in psychiatric, mental health, and gerontological nursing, she is also a National League of Nurses-certified academic nurse educator. Her experiences in dementia care range from direct nursing care and executive-level nursing positions in acute psychiatric facilities to management of a restraint-free geriatric behavioral center, located within an acute care, regional medical facility. As a member of the Louisiana Dementia Partnership, Dr. Spurlock has played an active role in the reduction in use of antipsychotic medications in dementia residents in nursing homes across the state. Recognized by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as a Certified Dementia Care Partner, in addition to many of her accomplishments, Dr. Spurlock has an extensive history of volunteerism with organizations serving the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

    • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
    • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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    • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.