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Gerontological Nurse Certification Review, Second Edition

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Gerontological Nurse Certification Review, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826130174

Author: Alison E. Kris RN, PhD


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In this book, the tools and clear presentation of information related to the actual testing process provide the learner with a framework for confidence as he or she prepares for the exam. More important, however, is the elaborate presentation of the certification content and the attention to the important physical and psychosocial elements of the human aging process.

--Geraldine Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN

Executive Director

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

This is the only certification review for the gerontology nursing specialty exam that has it all--a comprehensive review section covering key content included on the exam, well-honed test-taking strategies, and an extensive number of exam-style questions with answers and rationales. The second edition is completely updated to mirror the new format and content of the 2015 certification exam. It now features rationales for all review questions to promote critical thinking and includes new or expanded sections on health promotion and person-centered care, state-of-the-art drug information, and instruction on leadership, management, patient education, and population health.

Concise and to the point, this resource contains all of the information required for test success, including step-by-step directives on how to best prepare for the certification exam, a meticulous content review presented according to the test blueprint, and 500 questions with answers and rationales that mirror the type of questions included on the exam. The dissection and analysis of a variety of questions likely to appear reinforce crucial test-taking strategies, and clues for memorizing information and tips for prioritizing answers offer additional tactics for exam success. An unrivalled resource for test preparation, the book will also be useful for students and teachers of gerontology and practicing nurses working with older adults.

Key Features:

  • Mirrors the new 2015 certification test plan
  • Provides expanded content on health promotion and person-centered care
  • Offers updated information on new medications and treatments
  • Presents new content on leadership, management, patient education, and population health
  • New to the second edition, are rationales for all 500 questions

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 12, 2015
  • Page Count 352
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826130174
  • EISBN 9780826130181

Table of Contents 

Alison E. Kris, PhD, RN, is an associate professor of nursing at Fairfield University where she has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including research methods, biostatistics, geriatrics, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. She has participated in interdisciplinary research through Fairfield University’s Integrative Nursing and Health Studies Initiative, where she directed a team of undergraduate research assistants and supervised doctoral-level coursework and undergraduate theses. She has extensive research and clinical experience and has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco; and she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the John A. Hartford Foundation, which she completed at the University of California, San Francisco.


Foreword by Geraldine Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN


1. Information for Taking the Certification Exam

Certification Exam Format

Detailed Test Content Outline

Total Number of Questions

Total Time

Eligibility to Take the Exam

Scheduling the Test

What to Bring on the Day of the Exam

Time of Arrival

During the Exam

Receiving Test Results

Receiving Certificate and PIN

Hints for Taking the Certification Exam

2. Question Dissection and Analysis

Preparation Strategies

Review Content of Frequent Conditions Experienced by Older Adults

Strategies for Analyzing the Questions

Clues to Memorizing Information

Two Different Ideas in One Question



3. The Aging Population


Categories of Aging

Ageism and Myths Among Nurses and Other Health Care Staff

Aging Theories

Biological Theories

Family Theory

Motivational Theory

Communication With Older Adults

Teaching–Learning Theories and Principles

Gerontological Nursing Today

4. Assessment

History and Physical Exam Considerations

Health History

Physical Assessment

Normal Aging Changes

Cardiovascular System

Peripheral Vascular System

Respiratory System

Integumentary System

Gastrointestinal System

Urinary System

Sexual/Reproductive System

Sensory System

Neurologic System

Immune System

5. Health Promotion

Levels of Prevention

Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention (Screening)

Tertiary Prevention (Disease Management)

Barriers to Health Promotion Among Older Adults

Alcohol Use


Nutrition and Hydration

Health Promotion



Adult Immunization

Alternative and Complementary Health Care

6. Environments of Care

Safety and Security Issues


Use of Restraints



Maintaining Autonomy and Independence

Community-Based Services and Resources

Residential Facilities

Skilled Nursing Facilities

Assisted Living Facilities

Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Homeless Elders

7. Spirituality and Death and Dying

Principles of Effective End-of-Life Care

Physical Dimension

Psychological Dimension

Social Dimension

Spiritual Dimension

Advance Directives

Hospice and Palliative Care



8. Acute and Chronic Physical Illnesses

Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Problems


Congestive Heart Failure

Angina and MI

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Respiratory Problems




Obstructive Airway Disease

Gastrointestinal Problems

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Hematological Problems


Genitourinary Problems

Urinary Tract Infections

Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Prostate Cancer

Breast Cancer

Musculoskeletal Problems

Osteoarthritis and Degenerative Joint Disease


Metabolic and Endocrine Problems

Diabetes Mellitus

Immunologic Problems


Neurologic Problems

Parkinson’s Disease

Cerebral Vascular Accident

Pressure Ulcers

Sensory Problems

Common Eye Diseases

Common Ear Disease: Presbycusis

9. Cognitive and Psychological Disorders

Depression and Suicide

Relationship of Depression and Suicidal Ideation



10. Medication


Beers Criteria

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Adverse Drug Reactions and Side Effects

Compliance Issues

11. Special Issues



Elder Neglect and Abuse

12. Organizational and Health Policy Issues

Advocacy for Older Adults

Health Care Delivery Systems


Older Americans Act

Medicare and Medigap

Medicare Managed Care, Prospective Payment Systems, and Other Medicare Systems


Long-Term Care Insurance

Veterans’ Benefits

13. Scope and Standards of Geriatric Nursing Practice

Leadership and Management

Quality Improvement

Organizational Concepts

Professional Development

Legal and Ethical Issues

Regulatory Guidelines

Ethical Principles and Decision Making


Evidence-Based Practice

14. Posttest

Posttest Answers and Rationales