Nursing: Mental Health and the Older Adult
18.95
Online
Elective
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2 Contact Hours

Course release date: 2/28/2019


About the Course:
Aspects of interpersonal and social interaction, as well as common life events, can affect mental illness as adults age. Treating mental and emotional health in older adults can be complex work for nurses. This course examines the elements that make-up the mental and emotional functioning of the older adult. The course helps nurses to identify and recognize signs and symptoms to properly assess and treat the older adult population. Mental and emotional health issues and chronic health disorders that
exacerbate mental health issues are presented and covered in detail, specifically delirium, sleep disturbances, depression,
coping, anxiety disorders, psychotic disturbances, and substance use.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Compare two assessment strategies nurses use to evaluate the mental and emotional health of older adults.
  • Understand causes of delirium in the older adult. 
  • Describe the physiological symptoms that affect older adults with depression.
  • Distinguish three types of anxiety disorders experienced by older adults.
  • Identify three life-changing events that may lead to excessive alcohol use by older adults.

About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing; she is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, as a gerontological nurse, and as a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is editor and author of the ARN seventh edition of the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

 
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Mental Health and the Older Adult

18.95
2 Contact Hours

Course release date: 2/28/2019


About the Course:
Aspects of interpersonal and social interaction, as well as common life events, can affect mental illness as adults age. Treating mental and emotional health in older adults can be complex work for nurses. This course examines the elements that make-up the mental and emotional functioning of the older adult. The course helps nurses to identify and recognize signs and symptoms to properly assess and treat the older adult population. Mental and emotional health issues and chronic health disorders that
exacerbate mental health issues are presented and covered in detail, specifically delirium, sleep disturbances, depression,
coping, anxiety disorders, psychotic disturbances, and substance use.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Compare two assessment strategies nurses use to evaluate the mental and emotional health of older adults.
  • Understand causes of delirium in the older adult. 
  • Describe the physiological symptoms that affect older adults with depression.
  • Distinguish three types of anxiety disorders experienced by older adults.
  • Identify three life-changing events that may lead to excessive alcohol use by older adults.

About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing; she is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, as a gerontological nurse, and as a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is editor and author of the ARN seventh edition of the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Elite implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Elite not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.