Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 5: Serious and Persistent Mental Health Conditions in Older Adults


Course Target Audience

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses

Course Description

This module discusses serious and persistent mental health conditions in older adults.


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.

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize one term or definition associated with serious and persistent mental illness
  2. Provide three examples of a serious and persistent mental illness in older adults
  3. Apply knowledge about the assessment, screening, and differential diagnosis to older adults with serious and persistent mental illnesses
  4. Discuss one main outcome of the treatment for older adults with serious and persistent mental illness
  5. Explain one evidence-based practice in the rehabilitation of older adults with serious and persistent mental illness