Caring for the Older Adult Module

The older adult population is growing quickly in the United States. In addition to understanding the physiological changes, communication difficulties, and greater numbers of complications associated with older patients, perioperative nurses must possess knowledge of how these, and other age-related factors, affect the care and treatment of the older adult in the perioperative setting.


The goal of this module is to provide information regarding the physiological changes of aging and guidelines for nurses caring for the older adult in the perioperative setting.


  • Recall the various physiological changes that take place in the older adult.
  • Translate the knowledge of these physiological changes into ideas for perioperative practice.
  • Discuss the different communication skills necessary for working with the older adult in the perioperative setting.
  • Verbalize intraoperative concerns with transferring and positioning the older adult.
  • Distinguish the differences in sensation of pain and pain management in the older adult.
  • Identify postoperative and discharge priorities after surgery.


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Learners receive 1.8 Contact Hours after passing the Post Test with a score of at least 80% and completing the Course Evaluation. Contact hours expire 1/9/18.

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This program is approved for 1.7 hours of AEU credit by BASC Provider #0102.

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This course is accessible for 3 months from the date of enrollment. If an extension is needed, there is a $50 fee per month, with a maximum extension of 3 months. Extension months must be consecutive. Please call Experience Services at 800-755-2676 to request an extension.

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