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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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NU 450 - Gerontological Management of Care

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on the health and care of older adults with an emphasis on acute care and chronic care of the older adult. This course includes identification of disease risk factors associated with aging and reasons elderly are not able to remain in their homes. Students will develop respect and an appreciation for the older adult in disease management and advanced pharmacology. Analysis will be conducted on internal and external stressors that influence developmental tasks and activities of daily living encompassing the physiological, psychological, and sociological health dimensions. (prereq: NU 350 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Implement strategies through use of evidence-based practice guidelines to prevent and/or identify and manage geriatric syndromes (AACN Gerontological Essentials IV & IX)
  • Analyze the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid physical and mental conditions and associated treatments common to older adults (AACN Gerontological Essential IX)
  • Apply advanced pharmacological concepts in the management of acute and chronic illness of older adults
  • Compare models of care that promote safe, quality physical and mental health care for older adults such as PACE, NICHE, Guided Care, Culture Change, and Transitional Care Models (AACN Gerontological Essential II)
  • Integrate evidence-based research and relevant theories into the delivery of client-centered care for older adults (AACN Gerontological Essential I)
  • Integrate leadership and communication techniques that foster discussion and reflection on the extent to which diversity (among nurses, ancillary personnel, therapists, physicians, and patients) has the potential to impact the care of older adults (AACN Gerontological Essential VI)
  • Facilitate safe and effective transitions across levels of care that include acute, community-based and long-term care for older adults and their families (AACN Gerontological Essentials IV & IX)
  • Assess and develop plan of care for older adults with complex chronic illness and their caregivers (AACN Gerontological Essentials IX)

Course Topics
  • Acute and chronic care of gerontological mental health care
  • Pharmacology for acute and chronic illness
  • Chronic illness and disease management and care
  • Special populations

Dr. Havilah Normington

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