Nursing: Managing Polypharmacy in Older Adults
22.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course:
An astute knowledge of the aging process, with an emphasis on prescription, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements, is essential for nurses in order to safeguard patients and ensure best practice standards.  As the population becomes older, individuals will have increased chronic diseases, as well as comorbid conditions that are managed by medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter. This course presents the concept of polypharmacy, related definitions and concepts, its incidence, predictors of polypharmacy, consequences of polypharmacy, pharmacokinetic principles that relate to the elder population, drug classes and individual medications that cause the most risk, and evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage polypharmacy. Case studies are presented allowing for the application of concepts. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define polypharmacy and related terms.
  • Quantify the prevalence of polypharmacy in the older adult population.
  • Describe the effect of the aging process on pharmacokinetic principles.
  • List predictors of polypharmacy.
  • Describe the consequences resulting from polypharmacy on older adults.
  • Identify therapeutic classes of drugs commonly associated with functional impairment.
  • Discuss the use of evidence-based strategy tools to monitor for confusion and falls.
  • Relate inappropriate and appropriate prescribing to evidence-based tool kits.
  • Provide comprehensive strategies utilized to prevent polypharmacy.
  • Relate polypharmacy to case studies.

About the Author:
Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, is the founding director of nursing at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Vanderbilt University and was formally educated at the University of Michigan (postmaster’s acute care nurse practitioner) and Wayne State University (MSN/BSN). Dr Jamison has been an associate of Ascension Michigan Healthcare System since 1981. She is currently practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in cardiovascular surgery (since 2005) and formerly practiced in the area of cardiology since 1998. She has an extensive history as an educator for undergraduate nurses (BSN) as well as primary and acute care nurse practitioner students since 1994. She has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice with a focus on cardiology, pharmacology, nursing education, and quality improvement initiatives.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

Disclaimer
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
©2020: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Course verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.
 
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Managing Polypharmacy in Older Adults - N29277

22.95
About the Course:
An astute knowledge of the aging process, with an emphasis on prescription, over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements, is essential for nurses in order to safeguard patients and ensure best practice standards.  As the population becomes older, individuals will have increased chronic diseases, as well as comorbid conditions that are managed by medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter. This course presents the concept of polypharmacy, related definitions and concepts, its incidence, predictors of polypharmacy, consequences of polypharmacy, pharmacokinetic principles that relate to the elder population, drug classes and individual medications that cause the most risk, and evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage polypharmacy. Case studies are presented allowing for the application of concepts. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define polypharmacy and related terms.
  • Quantify the prevalence of polypharmacy in the older adult population.
  • Describe the effect of the aging process on pharmacokinetic principles.
  • List predictors of polypharmacy.
  • Describe the consequences resulting from polypharmacy on older adults.
  • Identify therapeutic classes of drugs commonly associated with functional impairment.
  • Discuss the use of evidence-based strategy tools to monitor for confusion and falls.
  • Relate inappropriate and appropriate prescribing to evidence-based tool kits.
  • Provide comprehensive strategies utilized to prevent polypharmacy.
  • Relate polypharmacy to case studies.

About the Author:
Therese Jamison, DNP, ACNP-BC, is the founding director of nursing at Lawrence Technological University. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Vanderbilt University and was formally educated at the University of Michigan (postmaster’s acute care nurse practitioner) and Wayne State University (MSN/BSN). Dr Jamison has been an associate of Ascension Michigan Healthcare System since 1981. She is currently practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) in cardiovascular surgery (since 2005) and formerly practiced in the area of cardiology since 1998. She has an extensive history as an educator for undergraduate nurses (BSN) as well as primary and acute care nurse practitioner students since 1994. She has presented extensively at local, regional, and national forums on topics of nursing practice with a focus on cardiology, pharmacology, nursing education, and quality improvement initiatives.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either:
    • An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 70 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Self-Assessment and Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

Disclaimer
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
©2020: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing, but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.

Course verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.