Nursing: Mental Health and the Older Adult

17.95
Online
Elective
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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 

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 patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as an RN and as a CNS in medical-surgical nursing. She is board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the editor and author of the ARN the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, 7th Edition. She 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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Mental Health and the Older Adult - N48422

17.95
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 

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 patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as an RN and as a CNS in medical-surgical nursing. She is board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the editor and author of the ARN the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, 7th Edition. She 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).