Approach to the Geriatric Patient - Nursing

Audience: All healthcare professionals.
Prerequisites: None


As medicine makes rapid advances in both acute and preventive healthcare, one finds that the aging population is growing at a commensurate pace. It may not be surprising that the fastest cohort of the population, the geriatric population (65 and older), utilizes the greatest portion of health care services. In contrast, however, a striking minority (approximately 5%) of older people live in chronic health facilities; rather, most live in their own home or apartment and continue to function as a vital part of society. Thus it is critical among the health care community and others, to be acutely aware of the unique considerations in caring for the geriatric patient, given the impact that this special cohort is exerting on the health care system, both in inpatient and ambulatory settings.


Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:


The Philips Healthcare Learning Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15050, for 1.75 Contact Hours.


This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider 50-11991) for 1.5 Contact Hours. CE Broker Course Tracking No. 20-275663

Note: Approved provider of continuing education for LCSW licensure requirements in California.

Note: This program is not accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association due to their policies.

Note: As of 7/31/10 nursing CE's will not be available for nurses licensed in DE, RI, and UT.

This course is accessible on the Philips Lifeline Learning Center website at http://Lifeline.theonlinelearningcenter.com.

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