Nursing: Geriatric Care: An Overview for Nurses

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About Course #N1830

Release Date: June 14, 2017

Expiration Date: June 30, 2020

2 Contact hours 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. 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. 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.

This course is a combined version of, and should not be taken with, course #N1829 - Geriatric Care: An Overview for Texas Nurses.

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

About the Authors

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.

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 board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor.

Course 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.

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