Nursing: Common Chronic Conditions in the Older Adult

22.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course

Older adults experience an increased prevalence of chronic illness as they age. It is highly common for older adults to have one or several chronic diseases. There are eight major chronic illnesses that affect older adults and four chronic diseases cause nearly two thirds of all deaths in this population – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Nursing interventions in chronic disease are aimed at managing these conditions while maintaining quality of life for the patient. This course discusses the risks, symptoms, treatments, and nursing interventions for older adults with chronic illness. The course examines the eight major chronic illnesses - cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic respiratory conditions, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal problems, endocrinological problems, skin problems, and kidney disease - and the methods used for assisting the older patient to manage their illness.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Identify cardiovascular conditions that are common in the older adult population.
  • Define considerations to maintain optimal mobility for older adults with chronic illness. 
  • Describe the effects of chronic conditions on quality of life.
  • Apply  appropriate nursing interventions to various chronic conditions. 

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

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. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, 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 the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016). 
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Common Chronic Conditions in the Older Adult - N48420

22.95
About the Course

Older adults experience an increased prevalence of chronic illness as they age. It is highly common for older adults to have one or several chronic diseases. There are eight major chronic illnesses that affect older adults and four chronic diseases cause nearly two thirds of all deaths in this population – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Nursing interventions in chronic disease are aimed at managing these conditions while maintaining quality of life for the patient. This course discusses the risks, symptoms, treatments, and nursing interventions for older adults with chronic illness. The course examines the eight major chronic illnesses - cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic respiratory conditions, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal problems, endocrinological problems, skin problems, and kidney disease - and the methods used for assisting the older patient to manage their illness.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Identify cardiovascular conditions that are common in the older adult population.
  • Define considerations to maintain optimal mobility for older adults with chronic illness. 
  • Describe the effects of chronic conditions on quality of life.
  • Apply  appropriate nursing interventions to various chronic conditions. 

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

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. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, 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 the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).