Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Caring for the Confused Older Person

The presentation of acute illness in an older person who has a background diagnosis of cognitive impairment (or undiagnosed) can often lead to behaviours that health care staff find challenging. This CPD programme is designed to provide registered nurses and midwives with knowledge and a critical understanding to enhance their management of the confused older person in their care.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of confusion in older adults.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to managing and caring for the confused older person.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the term frailty and its application to the confused patient.
  • Critically discuss key principles in ethical decision making.
  • Critically discuss the meaning of delirium, incorporating key symptoms and interventions.
  • Critically discuss strategies for managing challenging behaviours.
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