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COVID-19 Disease Prevention and Infection Control

Objectives: Discuss usual symptoms of mild, moderate & severe COVID-19 & the atypical symptoms to watch for in the elderly. Describe why the elderly in nursing homes are the most vulnerable & high-risk group. Describe the disease prevention & infection control measures needed for COVID-19.

Respir. & Skin Infections

Objectives: Discuss the cause, spread, signs & symptoms, diagnostics, treatment, complications and prevention of: ​ Common Cold (upper respiratory infection) ​ Influenza​ Pneumonia​ Cellulitis ​ Scabies ​ Shingles ​ ​

Post-Op Complications

Reviews the most common complications, red flags to monitor with the goal of early intervention & treatment. Objectives: Discuss the cause/risk, signs & symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & interventions for: ​ Deep Vein Thrombus (DVT) ​ Pulmonary Embolism (PE) ​ Wound Complications (seroma, hematoma, dehiscence, evisceration & infection) ​ Constipation, Ileus & Urinary Retention​

Dementia

Review the types, causes & symptoms of dementia, and how to interact effectively to maintain the dignity of persons with dementia. OBJECTIVES​ Identify the types & causes of dementia​ Identify the symptoms of dementia ​ Describe the interventions to consider when caring for persons with dementia

Dysphagia – coming soon

Objectives: Define dysphagia and the two types of dysphagia  Identify the complications of dysphagia Review signs & symptoms associated with dysphagia  Describe aspiration prevention interventions

Bladder & Bowel Mgmt

Reviews changes in elderly, causes of incontinence, management, complications & treatment. ​Course Objectives: Describe the age related changes of urinary system Discuss interventions for bladder management that promote effective elimination & prevent complication​ Describe factors that influence bowel function ​ Discuss the interventions for bowel management that promote effective elimination ​ Describe what to report …

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Bladder & Bowel Infections

Review of UTIs, C-difficile & norovirus Objectives: Discuss the cause, spread, signs & symptoms, diagnostics, treatment, complications and prevention of urinary tract infections. ​ Discuss the cause, spread, signs & symptoms, diagnostics, treatment, complications and prevention of c-difficile infection​ Discuss the cause, spread, signs & symptoms, diagnostics, treatment, complications and prevention of norovirus ​ ​ ​

Behavior Management

Understand triggers to challenging behaviors & how to manage them. Objectives: Identify the unmet physical & emotional needs that may trigger challenging behviors Identify environmental causes & staff approaches that may trigger challenging behaviors Describe a patient’s behavior objectively Describe approaches to manage challenging behaviors

Respiratory Assessment

Objectives: Review anatomy of the respiratory system ​ Discuss six common respiratory diagnoses long term care patients may experience​ Review symptoms, observations & physical exam for a respiratory assessment ​ Differentiate between the three common abnormal lung sounds ​ Describe how to report & document respiratory changes in a patient to an APN or MD​ Describe nursing interventions for a patient …

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Skin Management

Objectives: Identify age related changes of skin and common skin problems ​ Discuss the causes of skin problems in the elderly (pressure, friction, shear and incontinence) ​ Identify the risk factors for skin problems in the elderly (immobility, poor nutrition & hydration, health problems)   ​ Describe the stages of a pressure injury​ Discuss the five principles of wound healing ​ Describe preventive skin …

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Falls and Fall Prevention

Identify the six intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for falls​ Describe three primary interventions that manage, control or remove the risk factors identified​ Describe the four interventions that decrease falls or reduce fall severity​ Describe the post-fall management​

Palliative Care

Objectives:  Describe Palliative care​  Identify the similarities & differences between Hospice and Palliative Care​ Identify who would benefit from Palliative Care in LTC ​ Describe the Palliative Care referral process​ Identify Palliative Care triggers

Congestive Heart Failure

Objectives: Describe heart failure, its causes & consequences ​ Discuss the signs and symptoms of heart failure ​ Identify the components of an assessment for CHF​ Discuss necessary nursing interventions formanagement of CHF​ Identify the symptoms that require an APN orMD’s interventions for possible CHF

Change of Condition

Reviews the most common conditions to assess and red flags to monitor with the goal of decreasing avoidable hospital re-admission. Objectives: Identify the six conditions identified as potentially avoidable hospitalizations​ Describe the changes / symptoms for these six conditions (pneumonia, UTI, CHF, dehydration, COPD & cellulitis) ​ Describe the ten main components of a focused nursing exam for a …

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Abnormal Labs

Review of lab abnormalities in common conditions Objectives:   Using a case study format review various abnormal labs and discuss management​   Identify eight common lab abnormalities in post-acute and long-term care patients ​   Review underlying conditions associated with lab abnormalities​   Describe underlying pathology associated with abnormal labs ​   Review nine common lab ranges ​   …

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Sepsis

Describe the causes, risk factors, complications, treatment & early identification of sepsis. Objectives: Describe sepsis Explain the importance of early identification of sepsis Identify the three components of sepsis screening Discuss the STOP & WATCHE early detection assessment Discuss the SBAR assessment