Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 2: PTSD in Older Adults


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses


This module discusses PTSD in the older adult.


These GPNI continuing education modules represent a component of the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative to provide online learning in mental health and aging for advanced practice registered nurses and other graduate-prepared nurses and nursing students. The modules were made possible through generous support from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative, a partnership of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. A special thank you to leaders of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative for their consultation and support for these continuing education modules and vision for geropsychiatric nursing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify clinical presentations of older adults that suggest Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  2. Distinguish Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from General Anxiety Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder
  3. Discuss the diagnosis and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in older Adults


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