Available On-Demand (A: General Assessment)
Available On-Demand (B: Neuro & Endocrine)
Available On-Demand (C: CV, Respiratory, & GI)
3 webinars x 120 minutes including a Q&A
Includes (for each webinar):
• A certificate of completion
• The on-demand recording to watch at your convenience, for at least one year
• A handout in PDF format for viewing or self-printing
Objectives for Part A: General Assessment
• Review aging (just getting older) vs. senescence (the rate of deterioration of structure and function of body parts—examples—cognitive function, renal function, reproductive function, and he consequences of the loss of water, collagen and elastic tissue as a function of senescence); the 1% rule and senescence
• Review Vital signs and how drugs and clinical conditions play a big role in how we interpret vital signs in the elderly.
• Why checking for postural hypotension can indicate a high risk for falls
• Why weight is also considered a vital sign in the elderly and numerous drugs cause either weight gain or weight loss.
• Discuss the signs and symptoms of dehydration in the elderly and why they are different than in younger patients; drugs that contribute to dehydration
• Discuss osteoporosis, osteopenia, sarcopenia—diagnosis, clinical presentation and treatment
• Discuss exceptions to the 1% rule – increase in coagulation factors and the clinical consequences with a discussion of anticoagulants
• Discuss increase in the size of the prostate gland and the risk of BPH and prostate cancer
• Discuss increase in total body fat tissue and the consequences—especially related to polypharmacy and drug retention.
Objectives for Part B: Neuro & Endocrine
• “Did I forget my keys because I’m old or did I forget my keys because I have dementia?” Barb will explain the difference
• What are the differences between the 3 D’s? Depression, delirium, and dementia?
• Review the differences in how to treat each of the D’s in the elderly.
• Review reversible causes and conditions associated with mild cognitive impairment
• Review the top 3 causes of peripheral neuropathy in the geriatric population?
• Review how to protect the nervous system from inevitable deterioration – things to help slow down the “aging process”
• Discuss Parkinson’s disease—causes, clinical manifestations, and current treatment
• Brief review of diabetes in the Elderly – with recommendations for treatment in a 70-year-old vs. a 99-year-old.
• Brief review of thyroid disorders in the elderly – specifically as they relate to the nervous system and the heart.
Objectives for Part C: CV, Respiratory, & GI
• Discuss the major causes of heart failure—all of which are more common in the aging population: hypertension, atherosclerosis, valvular heart disease as well as COPD and pneumonia
• Review the drugs used for cardiac conditions (at least 5 classes for heart failure)
• Review Issues related to polypharmacy with multiple drug-drug interactions
• Review the numerous conditions of the GI tract observed in this population—from vitamin deficiencies to motility issues.
• Review “the bane of their existence”—constipation – discuss cause, treatment and prevention
This three-part webinar is designed for nurses who provide care to older adults in acute care settings, long-term care, and in the home. Barb will assist nurses in developing skills in assessment and care of urgent problems that commonly occur in older patients/clients.Specifically, normal and healthy aging will be reviewed along with refining assessment skills in the elderly; and a review of the major issues encountered in the neuro/endocrine, cardiorespiratory and GI systems in the elderly.
Who Should Attend?:
• Nurses and HCP Who Work With Geriatric Clients in Acute, Long Term, Ambulatory, & Community Settings
• Home Health Care Staff, Geriatric Day Staff
• Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Recreational Therapists
• Social Workers, Dieticians, Pharmacists
Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP
Barb Bancroft is a widely acclaimed nursing teacher who has taught courses on Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment to both graduate and undergraduate students. Also certified as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, she has held faculty positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Arkansas, Loyola University of Chicago, and St. Xavier University of Chicago. Barb is known for her extensive knowledge of pathophysiology and as one of the most dynamic nursing speakers in North America today. Delivering her material with equal parts of evidence based practise, practical application, and humour, she has taught numerous seminars on clinical and health maintenance topics to healthcare professionals, including the Association for Practitioners for Infection Control, The Emergency Nurses’ Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and more.