The Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative has developed Geropsychiatric Nursing Competency Enhancements and 27 associated Key Concepts (see POGOe Product 20660) to draw attention to the special mental health issues of older adults and assist faculty to address them. These key concepts are organized into four domains: assessment, management, approach to older adults, and role. This product provides an index of resources addressing Key Concept I.B. -- Assessment: Appropriate Instruments/Clinical Evaluation Tools.
Valid and reliable instruments are helpful for identifying and assessing mental disorders in the clinical setting. This product provides information about effective instruments and tools that are widely used in both clinical practice and research for screening and assessing older adults for common mental disorders.
- Mental status examination
- Restraint reduction
- Geriatric assessment
Increase knowledge of instruments and clinical evaluation tools for the assessment of common mental disorders in late life.
Each of the 27 products based on the Key Concepts provides access to curriculum/teaching materials to assist faculty to infuse the geropsychiatric nursing competency enhancements into course objectives, teaching strategies, didactic content, and/or clinical experiences of relevant educational programs. These include entry level and advanced practice nursing programs in psychiatric-mental health, adult/gerontological, family, women’s health or acute care, or stand-alone geropsychiatric nursing or continuing education courses. The resources may be adapted for use with a range of learners, as indicated in each description. Each resource has been identified as appropriate to teaching the Key Concept and is described in detail.