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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 20 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Peer Reviewer(s): Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN
Item#: N1846
Contents: 1 Course Book (374 pages)
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Alzheimer's Disease: Definitions, Diagnostics, and Patient-Centered Care

Price $64.95
Item # N1846
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Release Date: September 12, 2017

Expiration Date: September 30, 2020 

This course provides a comprehensive guide to Alzheimer’s disease and its pathology, and presents the most up-to-date criteria and guidelines for its diagnosis. Communication challenges, nutrition, incontinence, falls and restraint use, and pain and hospitalization for the person with Alzheimer’s disease are thoroughly discussed in separate chapters. Because patient-centered nursing care reaches beyond the physical care of the person, spirituality, palliative care and end-of-life issues are examined in the context of the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions are covered extensively as well as all aspects of caregiving and caregiver planning. 


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

This should not be taken in conjunction with N1854 - Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Biological Processes and Behavioral Management, N1853 - Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges, Interventions, and Approaches to Care, or N1855 - The Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver: Nursing Interventions and Support.

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (24 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Differentiate the characteristics and biological processes of Alzheimer’s disease from those in other types of cognitive impairments.
  • Compare the normal changes of an aging brain with the changes that occur in the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and the impact nurses can have on patient and family outcomes.
  • Identify nursing best practices for communicating, providing patient-centered care, and using touch therapy and humor therapy with patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe nutritional concerns and incontinence in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Discuss falls, fall prevention, and restraint use in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain the assessment and management of pain in patients with Alzheimer’s disease as well as reasons for hospitalization.
  • Describe holistic nursing care, concepts of spirituality, and special palliative care and end-of-life needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Recognize common principles and models for understanding, preventing, and responding to the challenging behaviors of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Recognize common nonpharmacologic interventions for managing the behavior of patients with Alzheimer’s disease as well as pharmacologic principles that guide their care.
  • Recognize the challenges and issues that caregivers face in providing long-term care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.


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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