NURS 6540 – Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders

NURS 6540 – Advanced Practice Care of Frail Elders 

This class focuses on the special needs of the frail elderly, who are often less active and may lose weight. Students in this course learn how advanced nurse practitioners in community settings take care of the frail elderly. They practice planning, doing, and assessing treatment plans by looking at real-life examples and taking care of frail elderly individuals in different places. Students also study topics related to end-of-life care and the challenges faced by caregivers. This helps them gain the knowledge and understanding needed to make positive changes in the quality of life for this vulnerable group. (Before taking this class, students should finish NURS 6501, NURS 6511, NURS 6521, and NURS 6531. Please note: This course involves at least 144 hours of practical training.)


Please note that the links provided are only accessible through Walden databases. If you need other readings, refer to 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.

This list includes required readings specifically accessible through Walden databases. For other readings, please refer to your course materials.

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