GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING NOW MORE THAN EVER
GERIATRIC RESOURCE NURSE
Introduction: Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) is a 14 bed unit at Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center (MH TMC) specializing in the care of hospitalized older adults. On ACE a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) is conducted for patients by the interprofessional team. This team focuses on rehabilitative needs, care coordination and the identification of modifiable risk factors for geriatric syndromes (sleep disorders, problems with eating or feeding, incontinence, confusion, falls, and skin breakdown). The ACE physical environment reflects aging sensitive principles. Some of the basic safety provisions for older adults include: non-glare flooring, adequate lighting, grab bars, access to adjustable height beds, raised commodes, call lights and controls, sensor alarms, whiteboards, hourly rounding, and other modalities to support patient orientation and staff observation.
The Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Model fosters professional development and enhances work satisfaction. The GRN Model provides nurses with the skills and support necessary to deliver Quality Geriatric Care. Geriatric specific resources (continuing education, equipment, and speciality services), interprofessional collaboration, and nurse involvement in patient centered treatment-related decision making are the foundation of the GRN training. The GRN role dimensions include: clinical, peer consultant, educator and quality change agent. GRNs response to the specialized needs of older adult patients. Without the focused processes for quality geriatric care found on ACE units, hospitalized older adults experience higher rates of: functional decline, medication errors, readmission, and/or longer lengths of stay (Counsell et al., 2000).
2014 GRN Workshop: start April 23rd (require 10 enrolled minimum 20 maximum). There are 4 in-classroom sessions held at the school of nursing and a two month period to work on projects. The commitment is six months to complete the UT GRN course. After completing the course each GRN will infuse their work site with Geriatric Best Practice and serve as a Geriatric Champion.
Nursing Continuing Education: a total of 28.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded for completing all four workshop days. A total of 7.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded for attending one workshop day.
Audience: Nurses and Case Managers who are working in acute care hospitals, long term care, home health agencies, hospice organizations, or assisted living facilities providing care for older adults. Nurses and Case Managers interested in exploring a career in the field of geriatrics.
- Day One (April 23, 2014): Gerontological Care for the Future
- Day Two (May21, 2014): Chronic Disease Management
- Day Three (June 18, 2014): Geriatric Syndromes
- June and July - Clinical Academic Projects (Memorial Hermann Projects) (part of the CAP project)
- Day Four (September 18, 2014): Caring for the Caregiver
Workshop Registration fees:
- UT GRN with Clinical Academic Project (CAP): $350 per Nurse
- Full Workshop $200 (does not include CAP Project)
- Single Workshop $60
All classes are held at the UTHealth School of Nursing, 6901 Bertner Avenue, Houston, TX 77030. At the corner of Bertner Avenue and Holcombe Boulevard in the Texas Medical Center. Parking is available directly across Holcombe Blvd. or in the underground May’s Clinic (a part of MD Anderson Cancer Center). You may also take the Metro Rail to the Transit Center stop at Fannin Street and Pressler Street and walk one block east to the School of Nursing.
Cancellations and Refunds:
Cancellations and request for refund must be received one week prior to the course day in which you are scheduled to attend. For additional information, questions about registration, or to cancel your enrollment please contact Dr. Vaunette Fay at 713-500-2116 or Vaunette.P.Fay@uth.tmc.edu.