Nursing of the Geriatric Patient

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This online continuing nurse education course has been designed to promote optimal nursing care for geriatric patients by providing current concepts that uphold safe nursing practice in this patient population. This course is applicable to all nursing practice settings in which elderly patients are served. This course provides 2 contact hours of continuing education and is accredited for nurses in all states.

This CNE course meets the continuing education requirements set forth in the Texas Board of Nursing Rules. These rules state that all nurses whose practice includes older adults or geriatric populations must complete at least two contact hours related to the older adult or geriatric care every licensure renewal cycle. These contact hours are included in the required 20 contact hours per licensure renewal cycle per the Texas Board of Nursing. Other states may or may not have a specific requirement for course content related to geriatric care. 

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Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Recognize at least 3 types of elder abuse.
  2. Identify at least 2 types of age related memory changes.
  3. Distinguish between age related and disease related memory changes.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of age related physiological changes.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of chronic diseases common in the elderly population.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of medication metabolism in the elderly.
  7. Be able to discuss end of life issues.



Chapter 1: Introduction 

  • Elderly patient population demographics

Chapter 2: Age Related Changes/Diseases of the Elderly

  • Cell Regeneration
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Immune System
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Urinary System
  • The Integumentary System
  • Sensory Function
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Nervous System
  • Depression in the Elderly
  • Medication Metabolism

Chapter 3: Health Maintenance and Promotion in the Elderly

  • Screening
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Cognitive Function
  • Other Preventive Therapies
  • Education

Chapter 4: End of Life Issues

  • Advanced Directives
  • Comfort Care
  • Pain
  • Dyspnea
  • Skin Issues
  • Digestive Issues
  • Temperature Sensitivity
  • Fatigue
  • Mental and Emotional Needs of the Dying
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Final Details

Chapter 5: Elder Abuse

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect/Abandonment
  • Exploitation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Self-Neglect
  • Prevention
  • Reporting
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $24.00

Contact Hours: 2

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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