Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 6: Reducing Iatrogenic Brain Injury


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses


This module discusses reducing iatrogenic brain injury in older adult patients.


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. Define delirium, and describe its pathophysiology
  2. Identify the DSM V criteria for delirium
  3. Differentiate between prevalent and incident delirium
  4. Differentiate between the subtypes of delirium
  5. Discuss the terminology including iatrogenic brain injury and delirium
  6. Describe the long term effects of delirium
  7. Identify precipitating and predisposing risk factors for delirium
  8. Administer the Confusion Assessment Method and the Confusion Assessment Method ICU
  9. Describe the work-up for delirium
  10. Discuss the evidence-based pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies to manage and prevent delirium
  11. Discuss policy issues associated with delirium