Feb 08, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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NU 455 - Gerontological Policy, Service, and Social Issues

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course focuses on policy and social issues affecting the care of the older adult. Topics include the legal and ethical considerations in aging, competencies in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), and principles that provide direction to promote, restore, and maintain the health of the older adult patient. Caregiving and social support are areas to be explored. (prereq: NU 3000  or RN license)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Intervene to assist older adults and their support networks to achieve personal goals, based on the analysis of the living environment and availability of community resources (AACN Gerontological Essential VII)
  • Analyze actual or potential mistreatment (physical, mental or financial abuse, and/or self-neglect) in older adults and initiate appropriate referrals (AACN Gerontological Essential V)
  • Recognize and respect the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of health care resources inherent in caring for older adults (AACN Gerontological Essentials IV & IX)
  • Facilitate ethical, non-coercive decision making by older adults and/or families/caregivers for maintaining everyday living, receiving treatment, initiating advance directives, and implementing end-of-life care (AACN Gerontological Essential VIII)
  • Promote evidence-based practice and Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) principles that promote safety in care (AACN Gerontological Essential II)
  • Plan client-centered care with consideration for the caregivers and their mental and physical health (AACN Gerontological Essential IX)
  • Utilize resources and programs to promote functional, physical, and mental wellness in older adults and their caregivers (AACN Gerontological Essential VII)

Course Topics
  • Aging and caregiving
  • Abuse/legal Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Economic resource issues
  • Government/state policy issues on Medicare
  • Health care economics
  • QSEN/AHRQ social policy concerns and EBP
  • Quality and safety initiatives
  • Restraints (chemical and physical)

Dr. Havilah Normington

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