• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Nursing Home Administration

12 Contact Hours

(1 pharm hour)

Author(s): Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP
Peer Reviewer(s): Kelly Briggs, MBA, BSN, RN, CNA-BC
Item#: N1601
Contents: 1 Course Book (116 pages)
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Geriatric Assessment, Updated 1st Edition

Price $43.95
Item # N1601
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 12/31/2017.

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

This course for nurses provides practical guidance for using standard methods of evaluating older adults, with consideration given to a racially and culturally diverse population. The course explains the value of interdisciplinary assessments, the importance of using valid standard assessment instruments, selection of an assessment tool, and cultural considerations in assessment. Nurses will learn about assessments for emotional and mental issues, such as delirium, depression, anxiety, neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia, grief, coping, and burden. The descriptions of functional assessments include cognitive function, activities of daily living, and physical performance. Assessments of social functioning cover areas such as social support, social isolation, living alone, leisure activities, sexual assessment, assessment of spiritual needs. Special attention is given to the important topic of elder abuse, and nurses will learn about assessment for physical abuse, neglect, emotional and psychological abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse. Other assessments are provided regarding financial status, environmental support and safety (including fall risk), transportation and driving, medication management, sleep, nutrition, pain, and alcohol use. Useful assessment tools are included for application in a geriatric setting. This course is intended for nurses who work with older adults in a variety of settings, including community, acute care, psychiatric, long-term care, and others.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 10 hours through April 10, 2019.

Course Objectives

  • Describe factors related to selecting and using an assessment instrument.
  • Discuss techniques used to assess mental health issues common to older adults.
  • Describe cognitive and physical assessment instruments used to measure function.
  • Explain the various types of social assessments and their relevance.
  • Identify other assessments important for maintaining health, safety, and quality of life in older adults.

Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP, is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Health and Human Performance, and is an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University in Miami. She is also a geriatric nurse practitioner and a recreational therapist. Ms. Fitzsimmons is currently involved in numerous dementia-care research projects and also consults with and educates healthcare professionals who work with older adults throughout the United States and Canada. She has authored and published many articles and books on various topics in gerontological nursing. Ms. Fitzsimmons has been a speaker at several national conferences presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Geriatrics Society of America, American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and Pioneer Network. She is also a member of the “Dementia Day Camp,” a work group of internationally recognized dementia researchers. On a local level, Ms. Fitzsimmons serves on the boards of several organizations that provide services to older adults, provides training for professional and family caregivers, and conducts workshops for community-dwelling older adults.

Kelly Briggs, MBA, BSN, RN, CNA-BC, is the administrative director of service excellence at the Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. Previously she served for 12 years as the nurse-manager of a 33-bed acute care elder unit at the same institution nurse-manager of a 33-bed acute care elder unit. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in gerontology and nursing administration. Ms. Briggs has expertise in fall prevention and reduction as well as more than 12 years of experience in the field of geriatric nursing.

  • 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.