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This activity was developed for nurses in areas of practice where they might need to perform a thorough assessment of a geriatric patient.


Commercial Support AcknowledgmentNo commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of NeedAdvanced age creates physiological changes in the geriatric patient that need to be identified and considered when performing a physical assessment. Additional factors directly affecting health, such as mental status and medication usage must also be considered.

To more effectively provide care for the geriatric patient, this program provides a comprehensive overview of how to perform a thorough assessment of the geriatric patient. It includes step-by-step guidance on taking a health history, performing a functional assessment, conducting a complete physical exam, assessing mental status, and taking an inventory of medications.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain continuing education credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Post Test with a passing score of 80% or more.
  • Submit the online Activity Evaluation form.

    AccreditationMedcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number 50-1285).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit DesignationMedcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThis course provides a detailed discussion on how to perform a complete physical and mental assessment of the geriatric patient. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
  • History and Functional Assessment
  • The Physical Assessment
  • Assessing Mental Status
  • Medication Inventory
  • Conclusion

    Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of performing an accurate and thorough assessment of the geriatric patient.
  • Take a health history and perform a functional assessment.
  • Perform a comprehensive, "head-to-toe" physical assessment of the patient.
  • Assess the mental status of the geriatric patient.
  • Take an inventory of medications that the patient is currently taking.

    This educational activity was wholly developed, written, and produced by Medcom, Inc., G. Rand Rodriguez, editor. Anna Marie Hefner RN, MSN, CPNP, and Anita Fitzgerald RN, MSN, served as subject matter expert in review of the content, and performed a content validation review. Marguerite Voorhees, RN, MN, CNS, CPHQ, CPHRM, served as nurse planner.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewer(s) involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    A Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Online course
    • Course ID:
      244846
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50