Discussion Board 1.2 Standards of Gerontologic Nursing and the Aging Population

For the initial post, please address the following* (and number the parts of your discussion):

  1. Why is it important to have a scope and standards of practice for gerontological nursing?
  2. How do the scope and standards improve patient outcomes and nursing awareness to this population of patients?
  3. Discuss the significance of global trends in aging populations as it relates to health care for the older adult client.
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Initial Post 1.2

  1. Gerontological patients have unique needs. As people get older, the needs and definition of health changes.  Trying to keep the same standards for a 20-year-old and a 70-year-old would result in gaps in care for the older adult.  Specific standards of care need to be established for the older adult.
  2. The process of normal aging results in many changes in the body systems, even when there is no disease present. Age-associated changes can predispose a person for certain diseases (Botlz, et. al. 2016).  Because of this, nurses must develop appropriate interventions to increase the quality of life for older patients. Changes in cardiac function can cause fatigue and shortness of breath when engaging in activities that the person may have participated in for years.  Nurses should be aware that these changes can cause distress to the patient and educate them appropriately on how to handle these changes.  Being aware of the changes that older adults experience can help nurses protect, promote, restore, and optimize the health and function of the patient (Bickford, 2018).
  3. The population of the United States is getting older. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2030, the number of adults aged 65 or older will more than double to about 71million (2015).   That is staggering!  The workforce will lose a huge chunk of employees as these ones retire, and the healthcare system will be impacted as they start drawing on their social security benefits.  There will need to be more long-term living facilities staffed with nurses and healthcare aides.  Nurses will need to be trained on how to care for the unique needs of this population.

References

Bickford (2018, June).  A contemporary look at gerontological nursing.  Retrieved from https://www.myamericannurse.com/gerontological-nursing/ (Links to an external site.)

Boltz, Capezuti, Fulmer, Zwicker (2016, March).  Evidence-based geriatric nursing protocols for best practice, 5th Ed.  Springer Publishing Company.  Retrieved from https://0x20d2v5h-mp01-y-https-ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.lirn.net/lib/ameritechcollege-healthcare/reader.action?docID=4454388 (Links to an external site.)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2015, March).  General information about the older adult population.  Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/aging/emergency/general.htm (Links to an external site.)

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Initial_ResponseWk1.2

1). It is important to have the scope and standard of practice in gerontological nursing because it serves as a guide on how to care for older adults.

2). The scope and standards provide information to better grasp gerontological nursing; this document helps bring nursing awareness to this population. The document improves patient outcomes because it focuses on a holistic person-centered approach. This approach focuses on meeting people’s needs in a manner that is best for them thus leading to better patient outcomes.

3). The global population is aging because the life expectancy is increasing. “For the first time in history, people age 65 and over will outnumber children under age 5” (Dobriansky, 2007). We now have medicines and technology that have improved immensely to help people live a longer life, whereas years ago, people died at a younger age because of diseases or because they needed surgery that was not possible. Since people are living longer, they require more healthcare services because they will have an increased risk for developing health-related conditions.

Dobriansky, P., Suzman, R., & Hodes, R. (2007). Why population aging matters a global perspective. U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from: https://www.nia.nih.gov/sites/default/files/2017-06/WPAM.pdf