The year 2007 marked the 60th birthday of the first Baby Boomer. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, older adults are the predominant recipient of all services in all healthcare settings comprising 50% of hospital, 70% of home care, and 90% of ambulatory patients. The Alliance for Aging Research reported that in 2003 there were 35.4 million Americans age 65 or older, and that by the year 2030 there will be 76.8 million people eligible for Medicare. These older patients have unique nursing needs. We, as a profession, must prepare to meet those needs.
ASPAN is ethically committed to advocating for geriatric patient safety and improving healthcare in the geriatric patient population served. It is our sincere desire to increase knowledge and critical thinking skills related to geriatric perianesthesia nursing practice and improve perianesthesia nurses’ geriatric competencies.
Following your review of ASPAN’s geriatric resource, please take a moment to visit the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing, ConsultGeriRn Website (www.consultgerirn.org). With just a click or two, you gain access to: evidenced-based geriatric protocols; linkage to national geriatric Websites and 55 specialty nursing associations’ geriatric care offerings; the Try This Assessment tools series; older adult hospital competencies for use in nurse orientation and evaluation; opportunities to acquire continuing education contact hours; and an online course to prepare for ANCC gerontological certification.
This resource is provided by ASPAN and a grant from Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA). It is our hope that you visit these important Websites frequently and find them beneficial to your nursing practice.
Jennifer Allen, MSQSM, RN, CPAN
Web Fellow for Nurse Competence in Aging Project
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2005 National hospital discharge survey. Available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad385.pdf. Accessed October 24, 2007.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2006. Available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus06_SpecialExcerpt.pdf. Accessed October 24, 2007.
- Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. About us. Available at www.consultgerirn.org. Accessed October 24, 2007.
- National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging. 65+ in the United States: 2005. Available at www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p23-209.pdf. Accessed October 24, 2007.
- Perry D. The burden of chronic disease in an aging nation. Alliance for Aging Research Presentation. Washington D.C., October 2006.