Page 65 Complete Your CE Test Online - Click Here The Older Adult: Challenges for Nursing Assessment and Care 9 Contact Hours Release Date: March 20, 2016 Expiration Date: March 20, 2019 Faculty Adrianne E. Avillion, D.Ed., RN Adrianne E. Avillion is an accomplished nurse educator and published healthcare education author. Dr. Avillion earned her doctoral degree in Adult Education and her M. S. from Penn State University, along with a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Adrianne has served in various nursing roles over her career in both leadership roles and as a bedside clinical nurse. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. She currently owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Content reviewer Nancy Denke, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAEN Audience The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to increase their knowledge and strategies for the assessment and care of older adults. Purpose statement The age of the population in the United States is continuing to inch upward. As the density of the aging population increases, there are increased demands on the health care system and increased challenges for nursing. Nurses have a unique opportunity to assess, care for, teach, and promote the health of older adults. This course provides a wide variety of health challenges for the older adult. Topics in this course include assessment, cultural sensitivities, nutrition, the importance of medications and possible interactions, sleep challenges, sexual interests of the older adult, pain assessment, mental health, abuse assessment, sensory and integumentary concerns, and select other topics. Learning objectives Š Š Discuss demographics related to the older adult population. Š Š Perform a “first glance” assessment. Š Š Review the importance of providing culturally appropriate care. Š Š Assess the nutritional status of an older adult. Š Š Discuss practical suggestions for maintaining a healthy diet. Š Š Describe the important components of pharmacology assessment in the older adult. Š Š Describe the components of a sexual assessment of the older adult. Š Š Assess the sleep patterns of the older adult. Š Š Identify strategies for pain assessment in the older adult. Š Š Assess the mental health of the older adult. Š Š Recognize signs and symptoms of abuse of the older adult. Š Š Describe changes in vision, hearing, and sensation that affect the older adult. Š Š Identify common health problems related to the integumentary system in the older adult. Š Š Assess the older adult for potential problems related to cardiovascular functioning. Š Š Identify lung disorders commonly found in older adults. Š Š Identify important aspects of endocrine system assessment. Š Š Explain the ways age influences hematologic function. Š Š Recognize common health problems of the nervous system in the older adult. Š Š Review age-related issues of the genitourinary system. Š Š Discuss common age-related conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Š Š Recognize age-related immune system deficiencies related to the aging process. How to receive credit ● ● Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 9-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. Accreditations and approvals Elite is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Individual state nursing approvals In addition to states that accept ANCC, Elite is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP1418 (valid through March 1, 2021); California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP15022; District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-4007; Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider #50-4007; and Kentucky Board of Nursing, Provider #7-0076 (valid through December 31, 2019).