Concepts in Geriatric Care is a series of self-administered online modules designed to expand the knowledge of advanced practice nurses concerning the growing population of "over 65" persons in the U.S and their primary health care needs. The modules focus on the unique characteristics that underlie needs of the elderly, as well as lessons in problem-solving for nurse practitioners and other nurses who provide primary care for our older adults.
The modules present demographic data describing our elderly population, relevant psychosocial and cultural characteristics, financial aspects of health care affecting the aging society, health assessment specific to older adults, ethical issues related to elders, interdisciplinary approaches to the provision of health care for elderly clients, and clinical management of selected common health problems of older adults. In addition to presenting key concepts in these areas, the modules utilize scenarios of elderly clients to illustrate the application of these concepts and engage learners. Online references, periodic self-assessment quizzes, and guided problem-solving are also included to enrich the learning process. Each module concludes with a post-test that may be submitted in order to receive Continuing Education Units for successful completion of that component.
Completion of the modules in the Advanced Geriatric Concepts for Primary Care curriculum will enable the advanced practice nurse to:
Continuing Education (CE) credit will be offered for completion of this self-paced online curriculum.
To be notified when the Concepts in Geriatric Care Advanced Curriculum Modules are ready for use,
Eight modules are included the Advanced Concepts Curriculum:
Growing Needs of the Geriatric Population: See the Module 1 Overview
Provision of effective health care necessarily depends on knowledge about the individual client and his or her relevant needs. Elderly persons in this country have the same basic needs as other members of the populace, but have distinctive requirements for health care which differ in end goals, as well as quantity and type of health problems experienced.
This introductory module provides foundational concepts and information for a broad understanding of the geriatric population:
Short appraisals throughout the module assist the learner with self-evaluation.
Financing Health Care for the Elderly: See the Module 2 Overview
As a nurse, you are expected to help your elderly clients achieve their health care goals through the provision of high quality, cost-effective health care. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of health care economics and health care finance, and more specifically, with the unique health care resources available to and accessible by the elderly in this country.
This module presents a range of information about health care economics and finance in four parts.
A patient scenario is discussed, illustrating common patient financial problems in relation to health care.
Ethical Practice in Eldercare See the Module 3 Overview
All nurses, and particularly those who are advanced practice nurses, are on the frontline of patient care issues. This is especially true when we speak of eldercare. However, one area in which nurses may not be well prepared is how to cope with the ethical concerns that arise as they care for their patients, and special issues and decisions that are imperative for our older clients.
The purpose of this module is to provide the advanced practice nurse, and all professional nurses, with a basic knowledge of ethical theories and principles as well as resources available to assist when ethical concerns arise in their practice with the elder patient. The unit includes:
The Development and Support of Interdisciplinary Teams See the Module 4 Overview
The development and support of interdisciplinary health care teams has received growing attention over the past two decades. It has become increasingly evident that "no one discipline possesses all the skills and knowledge necessary for providing care that patients require in a multifaceted system serving complex health care problems" (Lewis et al., 1998, p. 89). Interdisciplinary teams have been found to be particularly effective in dealing with the management of complex chronic illness, and therefore have become extremely common in geriatric health care (Fulmer & Abraham, 1998; Powers et al, 2000).
This module identifies the following interdisciplinary competencies that are needed for effective interdisciplinary team functioning:
Scenarios of actual team meetings are incorporated into the module to provide role modeling of concepts.
Management of the Elderly Patient, 4 Modules See the Module 5 Overview (Module 5 is the first of the 4 Health Management Modules)
These four modules use a case-based approach to care of older clients with common diagnoses. Each module presents a client problem for student guided problem-solving. The cases integrate and apply the following clinical information to the solution of the geriatric health problems:
Case scenario(s) will guide the learner through the clinical reasoning process, while emphasizing the variances arising from the aging process.