Essentials of Gerontological Nursing by Meredith Wallace

By Meredith Wallace

Necessities of Gerontological Nursing offers the easiest practices had to deal with older adults. Its short, but accomplished, take hold of of matters in elder care is a clean addition to the present literature, that's mostly considering concept than on medical perform. Designed basically for college students in gerontological nursing classes in BSN and graduate courses, the booklet presents: crucial scientific details and "best practices" had to take care of older adults present learn and new sufferer ways in gerontological nursing Overviews of hardly ever mentioned matters, corresponding to elder abuse, cultural concerns, and discretion choices scientific standards and sensible purposes content material designed to slot right into a one-semester path necessities of Gerontological Nursing is every little thing the nursing scholar must recognize whilst taking good care of older adults.

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Moreover, there is currently a nursing shortage that affects all areas of care, including older adults. The overall shortage of nurses along with the increase in older 20 ESSENTIALS OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING adults requiring care has resulted in a critical shortage of nurses prepared to care for older adults. A recent article in the American Journal of Nursing challenges whether or not nurses are prepared to meet the needs of this increased population of older adults (Stotts & Dietrich, 2004). The terms geriatric nursing, gerontological nursing, and gerontic nursing have been used interchangeably to describe the role of nursing care of older adults.

It was thought that at some later point in life, the body just gave out. The growth in scientific medical and gerontological knowledge over the past century has challenged this popular view. In fact, advances in the study of older adults have made society question whether there are more appropriate physiological, social, or psychological reasons why people die. ” Despite the continuing debate, the question remains: in the absence of illness, why do people die? The results of efforts to answer this question are derived from theories of aging.

Clearly, the many changes in the health care delivery system present challenges for older adults in receiving adequate health care. In the affluent United States, it is often assumed that anyone who needs health care can get it. S. citizens. These issues, as well as lack of providers and transportation, may lead to noncompliance 38 ESSENTIALS OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING Cultural Fќcus Older adults with diverse cultural backgrounds may be nonadherent to medication and treatment regimes because such plans conflict with their cultural healing beliefs.

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