presented by Constance Sheets
Financial: Constance Sheets receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course. Non-Financial: Constance Sheets has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Constance Sheets, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC
Dr. Sheets has taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Valparaiso University since 2004. She is certified in gerontology and has an extensive home health background. She has co-authored articles that have been published in Rehabilitation Nursing and Nursing Education Perspectives, and has been a content reviewer for a gerontological nursing textbook. Professor Sheets has…Read full bio
1. Overview of Aging
Nurses need to have an awareness of issues specific to the aging population so they can advocate and provide quality care. An overview of why specialized geriatric care is necessary to improve older adult outcomes will be addressed. Theories of aging, gerontological nursing, and roles of the gerontological nurse will be discussed.
2. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems
Cardiovascular and pulmonary issues are common in the older adult, and the nurse needs to be aware when changes in the system need intervention. Anatomical and physiological changes in aging and their significance in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems will be discussed. Basic assessment parameters relevant to the system will be reviewed.
3. Renal and Genitourinary System
Increasing rates of chronic disease and deterioration with advancing age require greater vigilance by the nurse to differentiate pathology that needs intervention from “normal” aging processes. To discover abnormalities and judge relevance for a patient takes knowledge of the physiology of each body system. Anatomical and physiological changes in the renal and genitourinary system that occur with aging will be discussed along with basic assessment parameters.
4. Oropharyngeal and Gastrointestinal Systems
Problems with eating and with the gastrointestinal tract can affect the older adult’s quality of life. Changes in aging specific to the oropharyngeal and gastrointestinal systems will be discussed along with basic assessment parameters.
5. Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems
Changes in the ability of the older adult to move around can affect the ability to perform the activities of daily living needed for independence. Anatomical and physiological changes in aging and their significance in the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems will be discussed. Basic assessment parameters relevant to the system will be reviewed.
6. Nervous, Endocrine, and Sensory Systems
Being able to adequately sense the world around them is essential to people's safety and well-being. Normal anatomical and physiological changes in aging of the nervous and sensory systems will be discussed, along with an evaluation of the endocrine system. Assessment parameters of these systems will be reviewed.
7. Hematopoietic and Reproductive Systems
Changes to the blood cells and the structure and function of the reproductive tract are issues that can often be overlooked yet are essential aspects to monitor as the individual ages. Changes to the hematopoietic and reproductive systems will be discussed.