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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Peer Reviewer(s): Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN
Item#: N1853
Contents: 1 Course Book (214 pages)
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Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges, Interventions, and Approaches to Care

Price $33.95
Item # N1853
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 30, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020

This course focuses on the nurse's role in assessing and intervening to address communication challenges, nutrition, incontinence, falls and restraint use, and pain and hospitalization for the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Because it is important to think beyond the physical care of the person with dementia, the course examines spirituality, palliative and end-of-life care for the person with AD. Pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions are also discussed.


This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1846 - Alzheimer's Disease: Definitions, Diagnostics, and Patient-Centered Care.

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

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (12 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss nursing best practices for communicating with older adult patients, including patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
  • Describe how to provide patient-centered care, including the use of touch therapy and humor therapy, to patients who have AD.
  • Discuss nutritional concerns in patients with AD.
  • Discuss the nursing process for incontinence in patients with AD.
  • Discuss falls, fall prevention, and restraint use in patients with AD.
  • Explain the assessment and management of pain in patients with AD and the reasons for hospitalization.
  • 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 AD.
  • Recognize common principles and models for understanding, preventing, and responding to the challenging behaviors of patients with AD.
  • Recognize common nonpharmacologic interventions for managing the behavior of patients with AD and how these interventions can be incorporated into nursing practice.
  • Identify and apply the pharmacologic principles that guide the care of older adults with AD.


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 boardcertified 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.

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  • 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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