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Assessment of Older Adults in Long-Term Care


Assessment of Older Adults in Long-Term Care Settings

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Overview of Teaching Strategy

Through planned, intentional encounters with older adults, nursing students learn to promote human flourishing and to provide competent, individualized, and humanistic care. This teaching strategy focuses on assessment in long-term care clinical settings, and can be used with students in both beginning and advanced nursing courses. Since it is beneficial for learning to assign students to long-term care settings for several weeks, the teaching strategy provides learning activities for a six-week experience. While this teaching strategy focuses on assessment, concurrent learning activities might include coordinating and managing care and making situational decisions. 

Learning Objectives
Students will: 

  • Assess older adults’ individual aging patterns and functional statuses using standardized assessment tools such as the How to Try This series.
  • Use effective communication techniques to recognize, respond to, and respect older adults’ strengths, wishes, and expectations.
  • Include findings or assessment of older adults’ cognitions, moods, physical functions, and comfort to fully assess the individuals’ aging patterns. 

ACE.S Essential Nursing Actions 

  • Assess Function and Expectations
  • Use Evolving Knowledge

NLN Competencies for Graduates of Nursing Programs

  • Human Flourishing
  • Spirit of Inquiry

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