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Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curricula - Resources for Teaching Key Concept IV.B. (Knowledge of Geriatric Mental Health/Illness)

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Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curricula - Resources for Teaching Key Concept IV.B. (Knowledge of Geriatric Mental Health/Illness)

Author(s):  
Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, FAAN, Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Lois Evans, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sponsor: 
Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative (GPNC)
Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)
POGOe Id: 
21131
Date Posted: 
04/03/2012
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
04/03/2012
Abstract: 

Nurses are key in promoting overall health and well being for older adults. In order to provide effective care for this population, nurses must understand the complexity of the interplay between physical and mental health of older adults. Knowledge of late life mental health as well as the common psychiatric problems-- their risk factors, assessment and management-- is imperative to manage plans of care for older adults. Additionally, mental health of caregivers for older adults must also be considered, given the myriad of adverse caregiving outcomes such as depression.

This product contains resources that address the following:

  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Caregivers
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Multi-infarct dementia
  • Binswanger Disease
Educational objectives: 

Increase awareness of knowledge about mental health in late life including common psychiatric problems their risk factors, assessment and management.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Each of the 27 products based on the Key Concepts provides access to curriculum/teaching materials to assist faculty to infuse the geropsychiatric nursing competency enhancements into course objectives, teaching strategies, didactic content, and/or clinical experiences of relevant educational programs. These include entry level and advanced practice nursing programs in psychiatric-mental health, adult/gerontological, family, women’s health or acute care, or stand-alone geropsychiatric nursing or continuing education courses. The resources may be adapted for use with a range of learners, as indicated in each description. Each resource has been identified as appropriate to teaching the Key Concept and is described in detail.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
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Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing into Curricula - Resources for Teaching Key Concept IV.B. (Knowledge of Geriatric Mental Health/Illness). POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21131