Nursing: Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd edition

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Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 1/31/2019
Course expiration date: 1/31/2022

About the Course
Nursing care of the older adult is a challenging task requiring knowledge, skill, and a desire to work with this population. This course presents the basic principles, knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide nursing care to older adults and their families. The course reviews the major concerns and issues facing older adults, such as chronic conditions, common clinical problems and psychosocial issues, and methods to handle these concerns.  Topics presented include issues affecting older adults and viewing the patient as a holistic individual.  Additionally, the course discusses and dispels some common myths of aging.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify significant factors that can influence the aging process and health of older adults.
  • Discuss theories of aging, including normal age-related changes.
  • Describe basic principles of care for nurses working with older adults.
  • Describe issues associated with drug therapy in older adults and implications for safe medication practices.
  • Describe geriatric syndromes and their impact on the health of the older adult.
  • Identify common cognitive changes of the older adult and strategies for behavioral management.
  • Describe common chronic diseases of older adulthood and their implications for nursing practice.
  • Describe changes that occur to the sensory system due to aging and their implications for nursing care of the older adult.
  • Identify common mental health problems in the aging population and discuss their treatment.
  • Identify how psychosocial factors affect the older adult’s overall well-being and health.
  • Describe the importance of prevention and rehabilitative therapies to achieve and maintain the maximum level of functioning in the older adult.
  • Discuss special issues in the older adult age group.
  • Explore key issues of the older adult in different care settings.
  • Describe legal issues that are pertinent to the older adult.
About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. She is board-certified as a rehabilitation, gerontological, and clinical nurse specialist.  Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and is the author and editor of the ARN Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition textbook.  From 2010 to 2016, she served as chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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