NURS 6540 – Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders Discussion Essay Assignments and Question and Answer Quizzes

NURS 6540 – Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders Discussion Essay Assignments and Question and Answer Quizzes

The frail elderly are a subpopulation characterized by inactivity and weight loss. In this course, students focus on the complex healthcare and management needs of the frail elderly by advanced nurse practitioners in community settings. Students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate therapeutic regimens through the analysis of case studies and the actual care of frail elderly in various settings. Additionally, students examine content related to end-of-life care and caregiver issues to gain the knowledge and sensibilities needed to implement positive change for the quality of life available to this vulnerable population. (Prerequisite(s): NURS 6501, NURS 6511, NURS 6521, and NURS 6531). Note: This course requires a minimum of 144 practicum hours.


NURS 6540 – Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders Required Course Readings

The links are for required readings found in the Walden databases ONLY. For all other readings, see your course resources.

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  • Alfonso, H. (2009). The importance of living wills and advance directives. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(10), 42–45.
  • Alsop, A. (2010). Collaborative working in end-of-life care: Developing a guide for health and social care professionals. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16(3), 120–125.
  • Arbaje, A., Maron, D., Yu, Q., Wendel, V., Tanner, E., Boult, C., & … Durso, S. (2010). The geriatric floating interdisciplinary transition team. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(2), 364–370.   Not available in the library.
  • Budnitz, D., Lovegrove, M., Shehab, N., & Richards, C. (2011). Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. The New England Journal of Medicine, 365(21), 2002–2012.
  • Burr, S. (2012). Identifying common lesions and rashes in the elderly. Nursing & Residential Care, 14(5), 239–242.
  • Casey, D. A., & Walker, D. M. (2011). The clinical realities of advance directives. Widener Law Review, 17(2), 429–442.
  • Dilworth-Anderson, P., Pierre, G., & Hilliard, T. S. (2012). Social justice, health disparities, and culture in the care of the elderly.Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40(1), 26–32.
  • Don’t miss underlying reason for elder’s fall: Perform a functional assessment. (2010). ED Nursing, 13(5), 58–59.
  • Ehlenbach, W. J., Barnato, A. E., Curtis, J. R., Kreuter, W., Koepsell, T., Deyo, R., & Stapleton, R. (2009). Epidemiologic study of in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the elderly. The New England Journal of Medicine, 361(1), 22–31.
  • Gagan, M. (2009). The SOAP format enhances communication. Nursing New Zealand, 15(5), 15.
  • Hoskins, B. L. (2011). Safe prescribing for the elderly. Nurse Practitioner, 36(12), 47–52.
  • Houde, S., & Melillo, K. (2009). Caring for an aging population. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35(12), 8–13.
  • Kohn, R., & Verhoek-Oftedahl, W. (2011). Caregiving and elder abuse. Medicine & Health Rhode Island, 94(2), 47–49.
  • McGowan, C. M. (2011). Legal Issues. Legal aspects of end-of-life care. Critical Care Nurse, 31(5), 64–69.
  • Panel on Prevention of Falls in Older Persons, American Geriatrics Society, and British Geriatrics Society. (2011). Summary of the updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society clinical practice guideline for prevention of falls in older persons. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(1), 148–157. Not available in the library
  • Rosen, S., & Reuben, D. (2011). Geriatric assessment tools. The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, New York, 78(4), 489–497.
  • Watkins, L., Hall, C., & Kring, D. (2012). Hospital to home: A transition program for frail older adults. Professional Case Management, 17(3), 117–125.
  • Watson, E. (2010). Advance directives: Self-determination, legislation, and litigation issues. Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, 21(1), 9–14.

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