Gerontological Nursing & Healthy Aging, Fifth Edition

Author: Theris A. Touhy DNP, CNS, DPNAP, et al.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Published: 2018
Pages: 412
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2021

CCRNs: This course is eligible for new synergy model Category B.

Today, the expectation is that all nurses will be prepared to care for the growing number of diverse older adults and have the knowledge and skills to promote healthy aging for people of all ages. Ebersole & Hess' Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging is designed to provide the knowledge nurses need to play a key role in making this happen.

Designed to facilitate healthy aging regardless of the situation or disease process, this text also features information on long-term care, evidence-based practice boxes, safety alerts, and careful attention to age, gender, and cultural differences. 

Table of Contents

Section 1: Foundations of Healthy Aging

1. Introduction to Healthy Aging
2. Cross-Cultural Caring and Aging
3. Biological Theories of Aging and Age-Related Physical Changes 
4. Psychosocial, Spiritual, and Cognitive Aspects of Aging

Section 2: Foundations of Gerontological Nursing

5. Gerontological Nursing and Promotion of Healthy Aging 
6. Gerontological Nursing Across the Continuum of Care 
7. Economic and Legal Issues

Section 3: Fundamentals of Caring

8. Assessment and Documentation for Optimal Care
9. Safe Medication Use 
10. Nutrition
11. Hydration and Oral Care
12. Elimination
13. Rest, Sleep, and Activity
14. Promoting Healthy Skin 
15. Falls and Fall Risk Reduction 
16. Promoting Safety

Section 4: Promoting Health in Chronic Illness

17. Living With Chronic Illness 
18. Pain and Comfort
19. Diseases Affecting Vision and Hearing
20. Metabolic Disorders
21. Bone and Joint Problems
22. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders
23. Neurological Disorders 
24. Mental Health

Section 5: Caring for Elders and Their Caregivers

25. Care of Individuals With Neurocognitive Disorders 
26. Relationships, Roles, and Transitions 
27. Caregiving 
28. Loss, Death, and Palliative Care 

Comments from Pilot Study Nurses:

  • “I found the textbook very good – easy to read and timely/relevant content. I work in geriatric care management and I will recommend this book to my coworkers.”
  • “The chapter on neurocognitive disorders was excellent. I am sharing the book with my staff developer so we can do some additional training (for) our staff.”
  • “I think the book is very comprehensive and thorough. A great resource for nurses as well as ‘regular people.’ As an aging baby-boomer, I was able to apply the information personally, an added bonus.”
  • “I recommend it for any nurse in any setting. There is practically no setting other than peds that would not be able to apply this information."
  • "This course is current and very informative."
  • “Pertinent to current population in health care. Makes some very relevant points.”
  • “Great text, easy to read. I learned some new assessment and interventions in caring for the elderly. They translate well into also caring for my father who is 79 this year!”  

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