Nursing CEU Course

Care Considerations for Older Adults: Management of Common Geriatric Syndromes for APRNs Part 1

Price: Varies5.0 Hours

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the learner with some of the most common geriatric syndromes, outlining their diagnosis and evidence-based management.

At the conclusion of this course, the APRN will be prepared to:

discuss the risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment guidelines for pressure injuries in older adult patientsdescribe the evaluation, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment guidelines for incontinence in older adult patientsreview the evidence-based guidelines for the prevention of falls and management of syncope and vertigo in older adult patientsidentify the evidence-based guidelines regarding the evaluation and management of functional decline, failure to thrive, and frailty in older adult patientsrecognize the diagnosis of, prevention of, and evidence-based treatment guidelines for acute delirium, as differentiated from chronic dementia in older adult patients

When caring for older adults (65+), the healthcare professional should account for various unique considerations. The healthcare team must be prepared to care for these patients, as the population of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to more than double between 2000 and 2030, increasing from 34.8 million to more than 70.3 million. Best-practice and evidence-based geriatric protocols should be developed and utilized in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care (LTC) facilities, home-care agencies, and community clinics; these same protocols should be introduced in nursing education programs to enhance familiarity. Advanced practice nurses (APRNs) must function in tandem with the rest of the interdisciplinary team. In fact, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) highlighted collaboration as a vital component of care in their Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce report in 2008. The primary goals of geriatric care should be to promote well-being and optimize the patient’s quality of life (QOL) through continued maintenance of function, dignity, and self-determination (Brown-O’Hara, 2013; Ward & Reuben, 2020).

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