The geriatric population is expected to double to approximately 80 million adults age 65 and over by the year 2050. This influx requires healthcare professionals to be prepared to address the growing baby boomer population’s complex needs. The Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Course is designed to educate nurses in best practices for older hospitalized adults. The curriculum contains the latest evidence-based practice content presented by Covenant Health experts. The class features speakers from many different disciplines including physical therapy, sleep medicine, nutrition, social service, case management and paralegals discussing the key geriatric syndromes. Alzheimer’s Tennessee conducts a virtual simulation so participants can experience the symptoms of dementia. Participants wear goggles, ear phones and put popcorn in their shoes so they can better understand how dementia physically affects their patients. At the end of the course, participants should be able to manage difficult patients, break down barriers to care and prevent falls, pressure ulcers and adverse drug events.
Covenant Health’s GRN course is based on the book Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice and the curriculum is endorsed by NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). The curriculum was revised in 2016 and is regarded as state of the art education for care of older adults. There is no cost to Covenant Health employees. Those in the community can enroll in the class with a cost of $120 per person. The course includes continental breakfast and lunch. It will be held at 1400 Centerpoint Blvd, Building A, Suite 1021, Knoxville, TN 37932.
Community members can register for the course by calling 865-541-4500. Please contact John Jorgensen at 865-374-8130 if you have any questions.