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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Fayron Epps, PhD, RN
  • Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Karen Hurka-Richardson, ANP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN
  • Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS
Item#: N1829
Contents: 1 Course Book (42 pages)
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Geriatric Care: An Overview for Texas Nurses

Price $22.95
Item # N1829
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: June 14, 2017

Expiration Date: June 30, 2020


This course addresses some of the more common age-related health concerns, including elder abuse, memory changes, and common chronic conditions associated with aging, and discusses how healthcare professionals can help older adults manage these conditions. It is important for nurses to be aware of the factors that interfere with successful aging and the factors that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Means of coping with loss, disability, and chronic conditions are discussed along with measures that promote a healthy lifestyle. Depression and options for its treatment are described, as well as prevention. Because the incidence of cancer increases with age, information on cancer symptoms and detection is presented. Prevention and treatment of such common problems as hearing loss, hypertension, and incontinence – as well as coping with these conditions – are also discussed. Because stroke, arthritis, and osteoporosis all have the potential to negatively affect functional status, these conditions are also reviewed.

This course also provides an overview of end-of-life issues. Palliative and hospice care can deliver much-needed health care as well as psychological and spiritual support for patients and their caregivers. The goal of hospice and palliative care is to reduce patients’ distressing symptoms (physical, emotional, and spiritual) and improve their quality of life. Making appropriate and timely referrals for hospice and palliative care is one way that nurses can prevent needless suffering for patients with life-threatening conditions and assist their patients in addressing end-of-life issues.

Nurses continue to play an ever-expanding role in educating older adults and their families on daily habits that contribute to healthy aging and encourage healthy behaviors and in offering valuable information and suggestions to address issues related to end-of-life care. 


Texas Nurses - Fulfills geriatric care requirement.


The content in this course was extracted from, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1762 Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition (10 contact hours) and N1655Palliative Care and Hospice Care (1 contact hour). It should also not be taken with N1830 Geriatric Care: An Overview for  Nurses (2 contact hours).


Course Objectives

  • Describe the categories and signs of elder abuse and appropriate nursing responses.
  • Describe age-related memory changes.
  • Identify common chronic health conditions associated with aging and effective ways to prevent or cope with age-related disease processes.
  • Identify end-of-life issues and the role of palliative and hospice care.


Fayron Epps, PhD, RN, is the author of the Western Schools’ course, Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition, she has been a registered nurse for 16 years. She recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. Additionally, Dr. Epps serves as adjunct faculty with the Louisiana State University Life Course and Aging Center. She is an active member with numerous professional organizations, including the Gerontological Society of America, National Gerontological Nurses Association, and International Dementia Scholars Collaborative. Most recently she has been elected to the Board of Directors for Louisiana Enhancing Aging with Dignity through Empowerment and Respect (LEADER).

Dr. Epps’s career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote health across the life span by increasing the quality of life for family caregivers and recognizing the multidimensional complexities of supporting older adults through nursing research, education, and service. Her program of research involves evidence-based practices for promoting quality of life for persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Dr. Epps has presented her research at local, regional, and national conferences. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Research in Gerontological Nursing, and Journal of Research Practice.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is the author of the Western Schools’ course, Palliative Care and Hospice Care, she is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a boardcertified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is



Karen Hurka-Richardson, ANP-BC, MSN, BSN, RN, is a nurse practitioner working in geriatrics at a continuing care retirement community in Chapel Hill, NC. She received a Master of Science in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Johns Hopkins University in 2003. She has experience working in neurosurgery, psychiatry, utilization review, hospice, HIV/AIDS, and intensive care.

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science degrees from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.


  • 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.
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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.