An approach to develop a continuing professional development workshop for nurses to differentiate, delirium, dementia and depression among older adults

Hala Elansari, Jessie Johnson, Daniel Robert Kelly


Delirium, dementia, and depression challenge nurses in acute care settings. They negatively impact older adult's health, well-being, and quality of life. Misdiagnosis of delirium, dementia, and depression is associated with higher mortality rate, functional decline, increased length of stay, higher admission and institutionalization rates, and higher health care expenditures. Nurses in acute care settings have a lack of knowledge about delirium, dementia, and depression. This lack of knowledge could have implication as necessary referrals to physicians is needed in order to ensure initiating of appropriate treatment.  Continuing professional development is necessary to keep nurses abreast of the rapid changes in knowledge and technology needed to provide safe and high quality services. Providing an opportunity to participate in continuing professional development on this particular subject would go a long way to facilitate knowledge translation. As a result nurses will be equipped with the adequate knowledge and skills to meet the overall goal of providing quality care for older adults in different care settings.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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