APRN Case Study: Medications and Adverse Outcomes in Older Adults


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Students


In completion of this case study, learners will be able to use a systematic approach to identify medication-related problems, high-risk medications, drug-disease, drug-drug interactions, and risk of adverse outcomes prior to their prescription in older adults.


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing (HIGN), with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, developed these case studies to facilitate the transition to Adult-Gerontology APRN education as described in The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education. One of the major goals of this project is to provide Primary and Acute Care Adult NP faculty, Adult CNS faculty, and other faculty who prepare NPs or CNSs to care for older adults, (e.g. FNPs, WHNPs, Women’s Health CNSs), with multiple resources and strategies to assist them in making this transition.

Learning Outcomes

After viewing this case study, you will be able to:

  1. Use a systematic approach to identify medication-related problems in older adults
  2. Identify high risk medications in older adults
  3. Identify drug-disease and drug-drug interactions
  4. Identify risk of adverse outcomes prior to prescribing