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Continuing Education in Nursing: Delirium

Continuing Education in Nursing: Delirium

The John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing at Penn State
Melinda Steis, MD
Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)
John A. Hartford Foundation
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Participants of this online Continuing Education course receive one free nursing contact hour.  The course begins with an explanation of delirium and the importance of the problem, risk factors and delirium sub-types.  Nursing assessment for delirium and potential causes are covered in detail.  Nursing management guidelines are suggested and the presentation concludes with websites that may be used as references for nurses caring for persons with delirium.

Educational objectives: 

Differentiate delirium from other conditions in the course of caring for older adult patients.
Demonstrate skills to assess mental status.
Demonstrate interventions for nurse management of persons at risk for or experiencing delirium.

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This CE is one in a series of Continuing Education Online courses being offered through the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing.  In partnership with the Penn State University Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, 3 courses in the series are being offered at no charge.  These courses are:  Research Applications: Delivering Mouth Care to Persons with Dementia, Transition of Elders to Extended Care Facilities, and Delirium.  The Penn State University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the PA State Nurse Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  To view the rest of the series, please visit

To view the CE, you will need high speed internet access and speakers.

To register for this course:

Scroll through page and find course, DELIRIUM, NURS 6008. Click “Register” and proceed to “Checkout.”

Enter the first name of the registrant as requested. “Select” and “Add” the course.

If you are not a Penn State student, “Proceed Without Logging In.”  Enter email address to receive your receipt.  Complete “Participant Setup” and “Create a New Account.” Then click “Check Out.”

You will receive a receipt indicating that you have registered for the course and providing a link to access the course online though the ANGEL course management system.

A second email will be sent to you with a userid and password to access the Angel online course system.  Log in and your course can be accessed under “My Groups.”

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1 hour
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Suggested Citation:
Dr. Melinda Steis. Continuing Education in Nursing: Delirium. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: