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Promoting Successful Aging Through Faith Community Nursing

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doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000548
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Promoting Successful Aging Through Faith Community Nursing


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General Purpose Statement

To provide information about how faith community nurses (FCNs) promote health and prevent disease in older adults.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

After completing this continuing education activity, you should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the role of the FCN for the aging population as described in the literature.
  2. Identify the results of a study analyzing FCN interventions and their implications for the care of aging patients.
  1. According to the American Nurses Association and Health Ministries Association, FCNs offer various health related services with a focus on
    1. promotion of Christian values and conversion.
    2. health promotion and disease prevention.
    3. diagnosing and treating hypertension.
  2. What sites did Rydholm et al. (2008) and Emblen (2016) recognized as ideal for promoting health, especially for older adults?
    1. local senior centers
    2. schools and community colleges
    3. faith communities
  3. The United States Census Bureau projects that by 2030, one in five residents will be
    1. uninsured.
    2. retirement age.
    3. living in an urban setting.
  4. The National Council on Aging (2018) indicates that around 80% of older adults live
    1. alone.
    2. more than 50 miles from a family member.
    3. with a chronic disease.
  5. Rowe and Kahn's (1987) concept of the normal non-pathologic changes that occur with aging involving hearing, vision, renal function, glucose tolerance, systolic blood pressure, bone density, pulmonary, and immune function is termed
    1. usual aging.
    2. successful aging.
    3. intrinsic growth.
  6. Aging that entails good health and an active life with lower risk of disease and disability and high mental and physical functioning is termed
    1. successful aging.
    2. usual aging.
    3. spiritual health.
  7. Katz and Calasanti (2014) observed a shift from viewing aging as unsuccessful due to functional impairment to aging successfully within the same context when
    1. patients and family members worked collaboratively.
    2. professional homecare was provided.
    3. spirituality and social engagement were involved.
  8. The authors argue that FCNs can influence successful aging through promoting activities that
    1. engage a multidisciplinary team of caregivers.
    2. address physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.
    3. reverse normal aging.
  9. The 2008 study by Rydholm et al. found that FCNs working in the community with older adults resulted in
    1. fewer and shorter hospitalizations among the adults in the study.
    2. decreased rates of chronic diseases in the study population.
    3. cost savings for individuals, health insurers, and public healthcare funds.
  10. Ziebarth (2015) found that FCNs promote improved
    1. efficiency.
    2. patient outcomes.
    3. patient and family satisfaction.
  11. King's 2011 study demonstrated that clients perceive that spiritual care
    1. enhances traditional care.
    2. can often replace traditional care.
    3. should be distinct from physical care.
  12. Chase-Ziolek and Gruca found that FCNs' personal level of care provided and the feeling of self-empowerment established resulted in clients
    1. reporting lower levels of stress and anxiety.
    2. communicating better with other healthcare professionals.
    3. non-adherence to traditional healthcare regimens.
  13. One of the seven categories of coping strategies for living with chronic disease described by Loeb and colleagues (2003) was
    1. relying on spirituality or religion.
    2. keeping a positive perspective.
    3. trusting others for assistance.
  14. A goal of the Faith Community Nursing/Health Ministries Documentation and Reporting System is to
    1. help meet professional documentation standards.
    2. promote FCN services on a state and national level.
    3. provide healthcare data to clinicians and researchers.
  15. One of the four forms of the pre-populated categories in the documentation and reporting system is a
    1. Compliance Report.
    2. Cumulative Activity Report.
    3. Cost Analysis Report.
  16. The descriptive term “Diet/Nutrition” is used as part of the Documentation and Reporting System's individual interaction category of
    1. Spiritual/Emotional/Relational (SER).
    2. Health/Wellness.
    3. Interventions.
  17. Results of this study showed that, of the 31 group education/information activities provided to older adults by FCNs, the one most frequently attended was
    1. spiritual development.
    2. safety.
    3. nutrition.
  18. The single highest screening activity by the FCNs was for
    1. flu shots.
    2. safety.
    3. blood pressure.
  19. For adults age 66 years and older, the most frequently reported SER interaction was conversations concerning
    1. spiritual well-being.
    2. grief and loss.
    3. depression.
  20. Within the category of Interventions, the most frequently occurring intervention between FCNs and older adults was
    1. prayer.
    2. promoting understanding.
    3. active listening.
  21. The authors noted that the frequency of blood pressure screenings by FCNs was
    1. comparable to the frequency of flu shots.
    2. encouraging since 94% of older adults have hypertension.
    3. redundant due to primary care providers' assessments.
  22. The results of this study support that FCNs provide
    1. cost effective primary care services to underserved populations.
    2. an alternative to traditional healthcare providers.
    3. vital services to promote health and educate about disease prevention.
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