APRN Case Study: Unexplained Weight Loss
Course Target Audience
- Clinical Nurses Specialist
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
In completion of this case study, learners will be able to use a systematic approach to assess the health status of older adults, formulate differential diagnosis for selected health problems of the older adults and design a management plan for selected health problems that considers the complex physical and psycho-social needs of the older adult.
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.
Course Learning Objectives
After viewing this case study, you will be able to:
- Use a systematic approach to assess health status in the older adult
- Formulate differential diagnosis for selected health problems of the older adult
- Design a management plan for selected health problems that considers the complex physical and psychosocial needs of the older adult