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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA
  • Tennyson Dodd, BS, MTHS
  • Marcie Scott, MSN, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Michelle Doran, RN, MS
Item#: N1934
Contents: 1 Course Book (62 pages)
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Ethical Practices With Older Adults, 2nd Edition

Price $22.95
Item # N1934
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Release Date: March 29, 2018

Expiration Date: March 31, 2021

By the year 2040, approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. Nurses are increasingly called upon to care for older adults and address their complex health issues. This course highlights the ethical issues that older adults and their families face as these individuals near the end of life, particularly in light of advances in medical technologies. The course presents the ethical frameworks and principles used to resolve ethical problems, identifies major ethical issues nurses face as their older adult patients make healthcare decisions, and provides a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.

Course Objectives

  • Identify frameworks and principles commonly used in healthcare settings for resolving ethical problems that nurses may encounter in caring for older adult patients.
  • Recognize the steps used by nurses and other healthcare professionals to resolve ethical dilemmas that may arise in caring for older adult patients.
  • Distinguish between assessment of an older adult patient’s mental capacity and legal competence.
  • Describe how advance care planning can be discussed with older adult patients.
  • Identify the hierarchy commonly used in surrogate decision making for older adult patients.
  • Recognize ethical concerns that can arise related to the use of medical technologies for older adults with chronic, debilitating disease.

Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is an associate dean and professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work in Nashville, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Cummings holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, Athens; a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University, Philadelphia. She has written and published extensively, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and government reports, and has presented papers nationally on the mental health needs of older adults, the impact of those needs on caregivers, and the ethical dilemmas in working with older clients. Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in the development of curriculum materials for gerontological training in graduate social work education and has worked closely with government agencies to promote programs addressing the mental health needs of older adults.

Tennyson Dodd, BS, MTHS, is a graduate of Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, both in Nashville. At Vanderbilt, he earned a master’s degree in theological studies. He is currently pursuing his master of science degree in social work at the University of Tennessee in Nashville. During his time at the University of Tennessee, Mr. Dodd has provided psychotherapy services to children in Nashville’s public school system and to students, faculty, and staff at a local university. Mr. Dodd also serves as a research assistant on issues of aging and mental health, housing, and refugees/immigrants.

Marcie Scott, MSN, RN, is a nurse planner at Western Schools. She has over 25 years of professional nursing experience, with a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing. Ms. Scott most recently worked as the Co-Director of Certification and Education at the International Association of Forensic Nurses, where she assessed member continuing education needs and developed online activities. She also served as a senior editor with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). At the ANCC, some of her responsibilities included developing and conducting item-writing workshops for nursing content experts and editing items for the ANCC credentialing examinations, such as the gerontological nursing certification examination. As a program manager with a health maintenance organization, Ms. Scott conducted health education seminars and developed disease management and health promotion materials for older adult members with chronic disease.

Michelle Doran, RN, MS, is the lead nurse planner with Western Schools and has 20 years of clinical and administrative practice in nursing. Her clinical background is in pediatrics and maternal child health, and she has held several leadership roles in academic medical centers, postacute care settings, and in the health plan industry. Throughout her leadership roles, Ms. Doran has served on the Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board, helped facilitate ethical consults in various clinical settings, and served on the ethics advisory board at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital when she directed the hospital’s pediatric program.`

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.