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GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING SPECIALTY PRACTICE

The ACE unit stresses the provision of expert, geriatric-specific care. Our nurses can learn how to deliver this care in a number of ways. This section contains educational resources, references, and self study modules for your education.

Geriatric Websites:
There are a number of excellent websites for geriatric nursing education. Here are a few:

Geriatric Nursing Websites:
www.hartfordign.org This site contains many resources for the practicing nurse. Be sure to check out the online gerontological nursing review course, the TRY THIS series of assessment guidelines, Clinical Vignette-Geriatric Syndromes - Falls and Nutrition/Fluids, and the NICHE website.

www.consultgerirn.org This is the geriatric clinical nursing website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. New York University College of Nursing. ConsultGeriRN.org is an evidence-based online resource for nurses in clinical and educational settings.

www.utmb.edu/geriatric-ed/ The aim of this online program is to educate nurses about common health problems faced by older adults and to improve the leadership skills of nurses working in geriatrics. Additionally, educational efforts target issues of health disparities faced by older populations including those in medically underserved areas, older minorities, elderly in rural communities, and nursing home residents. All modules are offered free of charge and there is not registration! Continuing Education Units are available for each module. Modules are completely web-based.

Cognitive Impairment
End of Life Care
Illness in Older Adults
Introduction to Geriatrics
Oral Care
The Three D's

The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.

Currently available protocols are:
  • CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
  • General Medicine Admission
  • Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
  • MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
  • Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
  • Parenteral Opioids
  • Sepsis, Adult ICU
  • 111 - Stroke Alert
  • 112 - Stroke Activation
  • 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
  • 3000000001 -  Stroke Critical care without tPA
  • 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
  • 3004002 - Stroke Discharge

All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.

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