ELDER ABUSE: THE ROLE OF THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL IN THE CLINICAL SETTING
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This comprehensive course is designed to introduce the student to the broad subject of elder abuse. It is designed for the clinical nurse who is assessing or managing elderly patients in a variety of settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the various types of elder abuse and its detection, general forensic practice guidelines, medical forensic examination, genital examination, chain of custody, photography of injuries, contamination issues, reporting requirements and typology of abusers. The needs of special populations, as well as cultural issues are also discussed in detail.
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand terminology related to elder abuse
- Understand the various types of elder abuse
- Identify common signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect
- Conduct a medical forensic examination on the elderly abused patient
- Understand the key elements of documentation
- Understand the role of Adult Protective Services
- Understand how cultural issues impact elder abuse
- Effectively document injuries using common medical terminology, body diagrams and photography
- Understand the importance of chain of custody in forensic evidence collection
- Understand contamination issues in forensic practice.
CE CONTACT HOURS: 40
COURSE FEE: $295.95 (Group rates are available upon request. Contact .)
WHO MAY TAKE THIS COURSE: This course is targeted to physicians, nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals who may identify and intervene in cases of elder abuse.
AVAILABILITY: Upon Demand
PRESENTATION METHOD: This downloadable course is in PDF format.
TEACHING METHOD: This is a self-paced course.
DURATION: All course requirements must be completed within 6 months of enrollment.
METHOD OF COURSE GRADING: Pass/fail grading system. Course examination is multiple choice and true/false statements. When a score of less than 70% is received, the examination may be taken one time without charge. Contact: for further information regarding additional retakes of the examination.
METHOD OF COURSE EVALUATION: After successful completion of the course examination, a course evaluation must be submitted to .
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon completion of the course content, examination with a passing grade of 70% and evaluation, student will receive a certificate of completion.
REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: All readings are incorporated in the course.
SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS: There are none.
AUTHORíS BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Faye Battiste-Otto, RN
Course Procedure from start to completion.
All courses and materials are based on United States laws and regulations unless otherwise noted. Laws vary from state to state.