Recognize the many facets of gerontological nursing

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth E. Barba, Professor (Creator)
Eileen Mieras Kohlenberg, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (Contributor)
Anita S. Tesh, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Fact: Older adults influence hospital environments. This patient population is now the predominant recipient of services in all healthcare settings—50% of hospital patients, 70% of home care patients, and 90% of ambulatory patients.1 Patients over age 65 account for 48% of critical care unit admissions and more than 50% of critical care days.2 Hospitalized older patients use more resources and have higher charges and longer stays, accounting for up to 70% of cost outliers.3,4 Nurse leaders of hospital units with high percentages of patients over 65 years of age face numerous challenges, including personnel, organizational structure, and regulatory requirements. There's little information, however, on management issues in hospital units that aren't designated specifically for older adults.

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Nursing Management, 38(1), 36-41
Language: English
Date: 2007
Hospitalized older adults, Hospital environment, Nursing needs

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