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NURS 114X Gerontology Nursing • 1 Cr.


This course covers the biological, psychosocial, cultural, and environmental challenges associated with aging and the geriatric client. Awareness of these changes and challenges assists the student to effectively plan, negotiate, and implement client-specific strategies of care. Prerequisite: NURS 113X.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe characteristics of today's elderly population with regard to: living arrangements, education, life expectancy, diversity, and other changing demographics.
  • Analyze the effect of changing demographics on the health care system in the U.S.
  • Discuss the importance for nurses to be knowledgeable of housing/health care alternatives in order to provide appropriate teaching and support of older persons (and their families) and to promote effective continuity of care.
  • Identify the importance of making distinctions between confusional states of older persons.
  • Describe social implications associated with cognitive impairment of older adults.
  • Identify culturally-appropriate strategies which may promote cognitive function/prevent cognitive dysfunction of older clients.
  • Establish nursing diagnoses which are relevant to nursing care provided to older adults with cognitive impairments.
  • Provide examples of communication techniques recommended for effective interactions with persons with dementia.
  • Describe the importance of evaluating the effects of and modifying nursing actions relevant to the individualized care of an older adult with cognitive impairment.
  • Identify factors considered in the process of an Environmental Assessment and health screening and promotion and disease prevention for older adult.

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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
Work: (425) 564-1000