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Hours: 24 Contact Hours (2 Pharma Hours)
Item#: NBT24

 

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Geriatric Bundle


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In the United States, there are nearly 50 million people age 65 and older, representing 15% of the population. Nurses caring for older adults in practice and in their personal lives will gain relevant information in this comprehensive 24-hour CE bundle which includes courses on geriatric pharmacology, assessment of the older adult patient, and Alzheimer's disease.

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Geriatric Pharmacology: Essentials for Nurses

Price: $16.95  
Item # N1835  

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, the American population is aging. The older population – persons 65 years or older – numbered 44.7 million in 2013, representing about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2013. People aged 65 and older represented 14.1% of the population in the year 2013 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.

Along with the aging population come several alarming statistics regarding medication use in older adults. Adults older than 65 years are twice as likely to visit the emergency department for adverse drug events (ADEs) and nearly seven times more likely than others to require hospitalization after an emergency visit. The leading causes of ADEs are inappropriate prescribing, inappropriate dosing, and inferior monitoring. Inappropriate monitoring of medication use is accountable for 50% of all drug-related emergency department visits resulting in hospitalization. The vulnerability of older adults is a challenge to the healthcare system, and with respect to medication use, this represents a strong advanced practice registered nurse intervention opportunity.

Any problem, medication or otherwise, experienced by an older adult patient requires a multifactorial assessment. The topics covered in this course include geriatric pharmacological principles and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult. This course is for the advanced practice registered nurse who manages the treatment and care of the older adult in all healthcare settings.

 

 

 

This course is an extract of, and should nat be taken in conjunction with, N1711 - Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology.

 

Disclosures
  • 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.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Identify factors influencing pharmacotherapy outcomes in the older adult patient that typically are not of concern in younger patients.
  • Examine an older adult patient’s medication regimen and address factors commonly overlooked when utilizing the usual approach appropriate for younger patients.
Author Bio(s)

Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific. She completed a geriatric clinical pharmacy residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center – Sepulveda/University of California, Los Angeles. This institution had an innovative geriatric evaluation unit, one of the first in the country, where it developed and tested methods of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. Its faculty, whose energy and passion for quality geriatrics training produced many of the leaders in geriatrics today, mentored her. Dr. Antimisiaris is a Fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and a certified geriatric pharmacist. Her research interests include multi-stakeholder decision making regarding medication use as well as health systems root cause analysis as related to medication use outcomes. At the University of Louisville, Dr. Antimisiaris teaches pharmacology to second-year medical students and dental students as well as instructs interdisciplinary postgraduate training programs on medication management topics.

Dr. Antimisiaris leads an endowed program, the University of Louisville Polypharmacy and Medication Management Program. This program, unique among medical schools in the United States, is dedicated exclusively to improving outcomes related to polypharmacy through education, research, and outreach. Her educational and research efforts extend to peer-reviewed journals, live conference sessions, radio, television, a book chapter, and continuing educational material. She serves on the ASCP education and research committee, leads its preceptor development committee, and advises several organiza­tions on medication use education. Dr. Antimisiaris has a strong interest in working with interdisciplinary professionals and learners to improve mutual understanding and education regarding medication use.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Kirby Lee, PharmD, MA, MAS, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He received his Doctorate of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Residency Training, Health Policy Fellowship, and Masters in Clinical Research Methods from UCSF. He has completed programs in mobile health design from Tufts University and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lee teaches pharmacy, medical, nursing, physical therapy, and dental students as well as residents. His clinical practice focuses on pharmacology, and he also teaches courses on it.

Dr. Lee is the Director of the Medication Management Module for the Care Ecosystem Project, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fund. The module incorporates innovative technology to screen for medication-related problems and provides assistance with medication management for dementia patients and their caregivers in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on improving the quality and safety of medication use for patients with chronic disease. He designs patient-centered health information technology interventions to improve medication safety and health outcomes using dashboards, website portals, and mobile applications.
In 2011, he established and began directing the Patient Health Information Technology Lab, which demonstrates and tests website and mobile applications for medication management. Dr. Lee served on the editorial Advisory Board for PLOS ONE, and regularly reviews articles for The Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, and other journals. He is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and the Mobile Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Karen Hurka-Richardson, ANP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN, is currently a nurse practitioner working in geriatric primary care at a continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC. She received a Master of Science in Nursing in the Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in 2008. She completed her BSN at Johns Hopkins University in 2003. Prior to working in geriatrics, she was a nurse practitioner in the Department of Neurosurgery at UNC Hospitals where her primary focus of care was on spine patients. She has nursing experience in psychiatry, utilization review, hospice, HIV/AIDS, and intensive care.

Alzheimer's Disease: Challenges, Interventions, and Approaches to Care

Price: $32.95  
Item # N1853  

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)

Disclosures
  • 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.
Learning Outcomes

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.
Author Bio(s)

 

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.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

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.

Geriatric Assessment, 2nd Edition

Price: $43.95 
Item # N1789  

Release Date: February 20, 2018

Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

This course is intended for nurses and other health care professionals who work with older adults in a variety of settings, including the community, acute care, psychiatric care, long term care and at various points in transitions of care. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with a solid foundation of assessments for older adults across the healthcare continuum and in the context of health, wellness, and chronic illness. Assessments covered are inclusive of the following domains for the older adult: emotional, physical, cognitive, social, spiritual, economic, family dynamics, caregiving, and safety all impacting their quality of life. Areas of focus in this course also include geriatric syndromes, such as cognitive impairment, delirium, incontinence, malnutrition, falls, gait disorders, pressure ulcers, sleep disorders, sensory deficits, fatigue, and dizziness. These conditions are common in older adults, and they may have a major impact on quality of life and disability.

Through learning varied targeted assessments, nurses will be able to identify areas of vulnerability or early intervention and plans of care can be initiated to improve outcomes in a more comprehensive manner. Through this course, nurses and providers will enhance and sustain their capacity and competency for older adults.

 

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

Disclosures
  • 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.
Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Identify geriatric-specific assessments and methods to assess geriatric patients.
  • Discuss techniques used to assess mental health issues common to older adults.
  • Describe cognitive and physical assessment instruments used to measure function.
  • Discuss the various types of social and lifestyle assessments and their relevance.
  • Discuss the various types of safety and risk assessments and their relevance.
  • Discuss transitions of care for the older adult on the care continuum.
Author Bio(s)

Karen Reynolds, DNP, CNS-BC, FGNLA, is a clinical nurse specialist at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Florida in adult-gerontology acute care. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Andrews University. Her career spans from the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer and nurse to a 25-plusyear nursing career at Sarasota Memorial. In 2012, Dr. Reynolds was selected as one of 11 fellows nationwide to participate in the Sigma Theta Tau Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. She is the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders coordinator at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. She has presented varied topics related to older adults internationally, nationally, and locally. Dr. Reynolds serves older adults in her community as an appointed member of the Sarasota County Commissioners Seniors Advisory Council. She is on the Friendship Centers’ Board of Governors, which serves a multicounty area by providing older adult services and health care. She is an associate professor at the University of South Florida (courtesy appointment) and adjunct professor of geriatrics at State College of Florida.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Cathy R. Kessenich, PhD, ARNP, FAANP, has been an adult/geriatric nurse practitioner for the past 20 years.
During that time she was the director of the Department of Nursing at the University of Tampa and responsible
for establishing the adult/geriatric nurse practitioner program there. She taught Advanced Health Assessment and
Adult Clinical Management in the nurse practitioner program for 20 years. Dr. Kessenich has worked clinically
in internal medicine, urgent care, women’s health, and college health. Currently she works full-time as an adult/
geriatric nurse practitioner for DaVita Medical Group in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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