Gerontological Education Toolkit
Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors
How to use ACES Unfolding Cases
All of the cases are designed to meet the general objectives listed below, but each case also has its own specific objectives.
Upon completion of each unfolding case, the learner will be able to:
The cases were written so that they can be modified to meet the needs of diverse curricula. Since preparation is key to a successful simulation experience, faculty should plan to read through each unfolding case before using it.
- Assess the function and expectations of older adults using valid and reliable assessment tools.
- Recognize atypical presentations in older adults.
- Identify geriatric syndromes evident in the unfolding case.
- Use emerging evidence and best practices to develop and implement plans of care.
- Make appropriate judgments regarding the risks and benefits of care decisions in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, older adults, and
These cases were designed so that students can use the ACES Essential Knowledge Domains and Nursing Actions as a framework for thinking about the care and planning of their nursing interventions. Students should be introduced to these concepts before implementing the cases. They will be more successful in the simulation scenarios if they review the introductory monologues and the recommended resources and tools prior to the simulation.
We have included best practices but realize that treatments vary by region. Faculty may wish to include medications, treatments, and standards of care that are current practice in their areas.
- No intentional errors were included in these cases, such as incorrect treatments or medication doses.
- Faculty may wish to increase or decrease the complexity of the scenario depending on the level of students participating.
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