Gerontology

July 2016 Vol. 11 No. 7

Author: Kristi Phillips-Burkhart, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC

Fran Covington, age 82, has a history of cardiovascular disease, chronic diastolic heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She lives at home with her husband and enjoys gardening and visiting with her grandchildren.
Like Mrs. Covington, Myrna Wilson is age 82 with cardiovascular disease and . . .

October 2015 Vol. 10 No. 10

Author: Margaret J. Bull, PhD, RN

Lawrence Jeffries, age 78, is admitted to the hospital for an arthroplasty of the left hip. A retired roofer, he lives with his wife and son in a two-story home. He has a history of arthritis and type 2 diabetes, which has been controlled with tolazamide 100 mg daily . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Author: Janice Foust, PhD, RN, and Gretchen Kilbourne, PhD(c), RN

For chronically ill older adults who take multiple medications, a hospital stay can result in various medication-related changes.

Nurses administer their medications to them.
Their medication schedules may be altered due to hospital policy.
Specific drugs they receive may change depending on the hospital formulary.
Medication dosages and frequencies . . .

March 2015 Vol. 10 No. 3

Author: Mark D. Bigwood, RN, MSNEd, CNOR, CMSRN

Half of Americans older than 65 have some degree of age-related cataract formation, making cataracts the leading cause of vision impairment in the United States. As a nurse, you probably encounter older adults in many healthcare settings. This article expands your knowledge base on the underlying causes, risk factors . . .

January 2015 Vol. 10 No 1

Author: Mark P. Mueller, BSN, RN-BC; Tom Ustruck, BSN, RN; Stephenie Cerns-Rach, MSN, ACNS-BC, RN-BC, CHPN; Linda A. Cayan, MSN Ed, RN-BC, CPN; and Mary E. Hagle, PhD, RN, FAAN

Stool consistency and form are significant aspects of a GI assessment, providing valuable information about the patient’s bowel motility. Properly identifying and describing these components can help prevent adverse outcomes and promote patient comfort and well-being. Historically, though, clinicians’ interpretation of stool consistency has been subjective due to . . .

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Elizabeth Puffenbarger, MSN, RN

What happens to patients once they reach the maximum benefit of traditional curative treatment? For many, hospice should be considered. A point on the healthcare continuum, hospice offers a comfort-focused approach to care when aggressive treatment would create more burden than benefit for the patient. The National Hospice and . . .

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Mark Bauman, MS, RN, CCRN, and Tammy Russo McCourt, BSN, RN, CCRN

Ruby Jacobs, age 84, arrives at the emergency department with a headache, which she says has gotten worse over the past week despite taking acetaminophen. Her past medical history includes atrial fibrillation managed with metoprolol 50 mg b.i.d. and warfarin 5 mg daily. She responds to voice but . . .

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Lora McGuire, MS, RN, and Pam Bolyanatz, MS, APN, FNP-BC

Read up on the latest evidence-based best practices in pain management.

July 2014 Vol. 9 No. 7

Author: Catherine O. Durham, DNP, FNP-BC; Terri Fowler, DNP, FNP-C; and Barbara Edlund, PhD, ANP-BC

A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis (OA) is marked by cartilage erosion, osteophyte formation, joint hypertrophy, and subchondral sclerosis. A leading cause of disability in older adults, it affects more than 30% of American older than age 65. It’s more prevalent in women than men. Overall risk rises with age . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. One of the recommendations is one-time screening by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The task force is an independent panel of nonFederal experts in prevention and . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

Handgrip strength corresponds to other markers of aging such as people’s future mortality, disability, cognitive decline and ability to recover from hospital, according to a study in PLOS ONE. Read more and read the study abstract . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

An international group of scientists performed a comprehensive analysis and found that most genes that increase lifespan when overexpressed or mutated, as well as genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in regulation of longevity, are highly interconnected and related to stress response. Read more and read the abstract in Cell Cycle . . .