Geriatric nursing


Mee, C. L. (2003). Geriatic nursing: What`s old is new. Nursing,33(12), 8. Retrieved from

This source is aresearch about the older people whose population is ever increasingevery day. The author has realized that the older adults are usuallyexcluded from clinical trials. They have limited access to preventivecare, under diagnosis and under treatment of depression that is oneof the major symptoms the elderly develops. This raises a lot ofconcern in this field of nursing and needs immediate intervention.She points out that the education in geriatric health professionalsgets limited hence most are not qualified to provide health care tothe elderly. Other professions such as pediatrics programs are givena lot of considerations while geriatrics is a “passing through”in their education program. The population segment over 65 years isincreasing and 13% of the total population in 2000. There is a needfor the health care to provide age-based care to suit the personalneeds that change with age. In collaboration with other health careprofessional, geriatric nurses have a lot to learn about the elderlycare. Geriatric care can be improved if the nurses have the capacityto address the elderly needs, learn the latest, advocate for therights and needs of the older adults, and innovate.

Phair, L.(2010). Practice question. Nursing Older People, 22(1), 14. Retrievedfrom

Legislation plays an important role in safeguarding the interest ofthe vulnerable adults as well as their health care providers. TheIndependent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) is an organization thatregisters the individuals who engage in regulated activity with thevulnerable adults. Registration has been made a requirement for thehealth care providers and those who work while barred by ISA aresubject to the criminal offense. Employers will also be responsibleif they allow barred health professionals to conduct regulatedactivities such as education, supervision, advice, guidance,treatment, etc. to the vulnerable adults. The employer is recommendedto refer a worker to the ISA if he/she harms a patient and isdetached from regulated activity. The ISA conducts a structureddecision-making the process to decide whether a worker is excludedfrom the regulated activity. ISA assesses the information they areprovided with instead of conducting an investigation in order toarrive at the decision. The investigation is only conducted in casesof the criminal offense. Registration with ISA is £64 for paidworkers and is once for a lifetime. The workers are responsible forpaying the fee.

Joyce, H. D.(2003). Put a realistic spin on geriatric assessment. Nursing,33(12), 52-5. Retrieved from

According to thissource, geriatric health care providers should consider the gradualfunctional, mental and socioeconomic changes affects geriatricassessment. Assessment is affected by reduced reaction time, impairedvision and hearing. Therefore, adequate time should be availed so asto allow the exchange of questions, answers, and explanation.Physical and psychological status and history of the patient shouldbe the basis of the assessment. After collecting the health historyof the patients, the worker should provide appropriate documentationfor future use and for tracking changes, identification of problemsand deployment of appropriate interventions. Assessment involvesobservation of the skin, head-up assessment, heart, respiratory,neurologic status, genitourinary status, psychological status andmedical use. Awareness of the changes due to aging in older adultsenables geriatric professionals predict future changes and developmanagement measures. Understanding of the changes due to agingenables care providers to address the elderly needs effectively.