Episode 23: August 15, 2018 - What I Wish You Knew About Me: Nursing the Older Adult, Part 1

Did you know older adults have more exacerbations of chronic conditions when receiving infusion therapy than younger adults? For instance, a simple antibiotic infusion in an older adult may initiate an arthritic flare. Older adults often are unable to distinguish between an acute medication reaction, symptoms of their chronic disease, or conditional effects of aging. Are you prepared to communicate and advocate for your older patients?   

Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatrics

Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC, has been a geriatric clinical nurse specialist for 20 years. She obtained an MSN and a graduate certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University, and a doctor of nursing practice at the University of Minnesota. Her published work has focused on geriatric nursing competency development, the use of electronic health records in geriatrics, and dementia care education. 

Guest: 
Suzanne Purvis, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Geriatrics
Beaumont Health

Did you know older adults have more exacerbations of chronic conditions when receiving infusion therapy than younger adults? For instance, a simple antibiotic infusion in an older adult may initiate an arthritic flare. Older adults often are unable to distinguish between an acute medication reaction, symptoms of their chronic disease, or conditional effects of aging. Are you prepared to communicate and advocate for your older patients?   


Resources:
1. Purvis S. Improving cognitive and functional outcomes in hospitalized older adults with dementia. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2016-2017 webinar series. November 8, 2016.

2. Purvis S, Zupanc T. Improving assessment of pain in the cognitively impaired older adult using a pre- post-quality improvement design. Nurses Improving Care of Health System Elders 2016 Online Connect webinars. October 19, 2016.  

3. Purvis S, Zupanc T, VanDenBergh S, Martin H. Population-based nursing competency development. J Nurs Professional Dev. 2015;31(4): 231-236.

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What I Wish You Knew About Me: Nursing the Older Adult (Part 1)