Primary Care of Older Adults

Course Number: NURS 646
Credit(s): 3
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing

The focus of this course is on the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner role in primary care as well as the clinical management of geriatric syndromes and complex chronic illnesses commonly seen in older adults. Unique dimensions of geriatric care are explored within the context of normal aging in culturally diverse populations. The students will focus on content necessary for the comprehensive management and evaluation of the older adult in primary care, including such issues as normal changes in aging and decision making. The course provides a foundation in gerontological nursing and the applications of evidence-based practice to promote wellness, maximize function and enhance self-care. Relevant genetic concepts and principles in common geriatric medical conditions will be integrated.