Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice

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Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice

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Fourth Edition


  • Marie Boltz PhD, RN
  • Elizabeth Capezuti PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Terry T. Fulmer PhD, RN, FAAN
  • DeAnne Zwicker DrNP, APRN, BC
  • Ardis O'Meara MA

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

"The evidence-based protocols are designed as a primary reference and are useful, substantive, and timely...The broader contributions of useful format and succinct review of the evidence make it likely that this text will continue to be the leading resource in nursing education and practice."--The Gerontologist

"Now more than ever, nurses are called upon to lead efforts to embed evidence-based practice in daily operations. As the IOM report states, 'nurses have key roles to play as team members and leaders for a reformed and better-integrated, patient-centered health care system.' The process of implementing sweeping change in health care will likely take years; however, nurses must start pragmatically and focus on these critically important protocols that have demonstrated improved outcomes for older adults. Simply stated, 'Pick this book up and use it.'"

From the Foreword, Susan L. Carlson, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
President, National Gerontological Nursing Association

"As a gerontological clinical educator/research nurse, I will often use this as a reference. The format and the content are good, and the explanations of how to best use the evidence simplify the process of sifting through mountains of information to figure the best practice." Score: 97, 5 Stars. --Doody's

One of the premier reference books for geriatric nurses in hospital, long-term, and community settings, this 4th edition has been thoroughly updated to provide the most current, evidence-based protocols for care of common clinical conditions and issues in elderly patients. Designed to improve the quality, outcomes, and cost-effectiveness of health care, these guidelines are the result of collaboration between leading practitioners and educators in geriatric nursing and New York University College of Nursing.

Protocols for each clinical condition have been developed by experts in that particular area, and most have been systematically tested by over 300 participating hospitals in "Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders" (NICHE). Evidence is derived from all levels of care, including community, primary, and long-term care. A systematic method in compliance with the AGREE appraisal process was used to rate the levels of evidence for each protocol. Protocols are organized in a consistent format for ease of use, and each includes an overview, evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies, and an illustrative case study with discussion. Additionally, each protocol is embedded within chapter text, which provides the context and detailed evidence for the protocol. Each chapter contains resources for further study.

Key Features:

  • Updated to provide a wide range of evidence-based geriatric protocols for best practices
  • Contains new chapters on function-focused care, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, mistreatment detection, acute care models, and transitional care
  • Illustrates application of clinical protocols to real-life practice through case studies and discussion
  • Edited by nationally known leaders in geriatric nursing education and practice, who are endorsed by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing and NICHE
  • Encompasses the contributions of 58 leading practitioners of geriatric care
  • Written for nursing students, nurse leaders, and practitioners at all levels, including those in specialty roles

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 18, 2011
  • Page Count 744
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171283
  • EISBN 9780826171290

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1 Developing and Evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Systematic Approach

Chapter 2 Measuring Performance, Improving Quality

The Older Person

Chapter 3 Age-Related Changes in Health

Chapter 4 Sensory Changes

Chapter 5 Excessive Sleepiness

Physical and Mental Function

Chapter 6 Assessment of Function

Chapter 7 Function Focused Care focus on interventions to prevent functional decline in the acute care setting

Chapter 8 Assessing Cognitive Function

Chapter 9 Depression

Chapter 10 Dementia

Chapter 11 Delirium: Prevention, Early Recognition, and Treatment

Prevention of Potential Complications

Chapter 12 Iatrogenesis: The Nurse's Role in Preventing Patient Harm

Chapter 13 Physical Restraints and Side Rails in Acute and Critical Care Settings: Legal, Ethical, and Practice Issues

Chapter 14 Pain Management

Chapter 15 Preventing Falls in Acute Care

Chapter 16 Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Skin Tears

Chapter 17 Reducing Adverse Drug Events

Chapter 18 Urinary Incontinence

Chapter 19 Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention

Chapter 20 Oral Health Care

Chapter 21 Managing Oral Hydration

Chapter 22 Nutrition

Chapter 23 Mealtime Difficulties

Chapter 24 Dysphagia

Psychosocial and Legal Aspects

Chapter 25 Family Caregiving

Chapter 26 Issues Regarding Sexuality

Chapter 27 Substance Misuse and Alcohol Use Disorders

Chapter 28 Mistreatment Detection

Chapter 29 Health Care Decision Making

Chapter 30 Advance Directives

Critical, Cardiac, and Oncologic Care Considerations

Chapter 31 Comprehensive Assessment and Management of the Critically Ill

Chapter 32 Fluid Overload: Identifying and Managing Heart Failure Patients at Risk for Hospital Readmission

Chapter 33 Cancer Assessment and Intervention Strategies

Geriatric Models of Care

Chapter 34 Acute Care Models

Chapter 35 Transitional Care