Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 8: Bipolar Disorder in the Older Adult


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses


This modules discusses bipolar disorder 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 bipolar disorder
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  3. Discuss the one important clinical decision in the assessment, diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder in older adults


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