Best Practices for Elder Care

Best Practices for Elder Care is a self-paced, online course that weaves together instructional content and interactive, in-depth case studies for an engaging learning experience based on real-life scenarios. This useful critical care nursing resource addresses the complex problems specific to the acutely ill older adult patient.

The course content is provided at no charge to all nurses. Completion of the course is worth four (4) hours of continuing nurse education (CNE) credit. AACN offers this CNE credit at no charge to AACN members; nonmembers shall remit a reduced fee of $12 to receive their CNE certificate.

Upon completing the course, clinicians will be able to:

  • Describe the normal physiologic changes that occur with aging. 
  • Identify the ways in which elders are uniquely affected by illness and hospitalization.
  • Identify and implement strategies for promoting recovery of the acutely ill older adult patient.

The Best Practices for Elder Care program is a collaborative project developed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the Hartford Institute. Read about the course authors and contributors.

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