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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 107(10):60-69, October 2007
Depression among older adults is a common, but not a normal or acceptable phenomenon. Untreated depression reduces quality of life and can lead to serious complications when not addressed. To better screen for this problem, this program features the GDS short form--a quick and easy to administer tool that can identify those who are most likely depressed so they can be referred for further evaluation. This video discusses the prevalence of depression; demonstrates the screening process; describes some of the challenges in its administration; and explains how the results can be interpreted and used to adapt the plan of care. Included in this program is an excellent discussion among nursing staff, students and experts about how to assist the depressed patient in structuring daily activities and routines to account for changes in energy and interest in the short term, and plan for a return to normal over the longer term.
Would you believe that it is possible to maintain urinary continence among residents with end-stage dementia? The author of the article on which this program is based can attest to it.
Most practitioners have mistaken ideas about the inevitability of urinary incontinence as we age. That notion extends to the general public and is reinforced by advertisements for incontinence pads. However, research shows that urinary incontinence is treatable, often without pharmacologic intervention, especially if assessments are routinely made by registered nurses and behavioral interventions implemented.
This program outlines the myths and the science related to urinary incontinence, and steps you can take to assess, improve and maintain continence among your client population. The 60 minute program features interviews with Dr. Specht, nurses working in long-term care settings, a physical therapist, and a resident with urinary incontinence.
Staffing is, quite possibly, one of the most talked-about topics in health care. This program will provide you with important advice--whether your concerns revolve around the liabilities of insufficient staffing; steps to reduce these liabilities and improve your staffing sufficiency; or what the research says about the relationship between nurse staffing and the quality and cost of care.
Staffing Matters: Liability, Research, and Patient Outcomes provides further evidence of the critical link between nurse staffing and safety and quality of care and guides viewers in short and long-term strategies to protect patients and caregivers.
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