Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Hours: 5 Contact Hours
    Author(s): Jacqueline Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
    Peer Reviewer(s):Wanda Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, FAAN
    Item#: N1854
    Contents: 1 Course Book (90 pages)
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    Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease: Biological Processes and Behavioral Management



    Price $26.95
    Item # N1854
    New
    When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

    Release Date: October 10, 2017

    Expiration Date: September 30, 2020

    This course provides an overview of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the biological processes related to AD, the criteria for its diagnosis, and key approaches which nurses can adopt in order to better understand, prevent, and effectively respond to the challenging behaviors demonstrated by patients who experience dementia, and specifically AD.

    The role of the registered nurse and the advanced practice nurse in the care of persons with dementia is incorporated throughout the course. In addition to providing information that brings new knowledge to both the experienced and less experienced nurse, the course reinforces key concepts of how to care for the person with AD and other dementias. This knowledge, in turn, will ensure that the care delivered to this group of society’s vulnerable older adults is evidence-based, patient-centered, and individually tailored to meet their changing needs, while optimizing care, maintaining quality of life, and when possible improving health outcomes.

     

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

    Course Objectives
    • Differentiate Alzheimer’s disease from other types of cognitive impairments.
    • Describe the biological processes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Explain how Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed and the impact nurses can have on patient and family outcomes.
    • Discuss common principles and models for understanding, preventing, and responding to the challenging behaviors of 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 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.
    • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
    • 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.