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Care of Older Adults

Information and Resources about the Unique Needs of Older Adults Undergoing Surgery 

Please note: The following pages do not constitute a continuing education course and do not earn contact hours. They provide information and resources for those dealing with the unique needs of older adults undergoing surgery. You will also find links to continuing education courses that do offer credit.

Perioperative nurses increasingly require additional knowledge and skills to meet the particular needs of geriatric patients. The population of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to double from 35 million to 70 million by the year 2030, representing approximately 20 percent of the population. Together, AORN and ConsultGeriRN.org offer valuable information and resources for those interested in quality geriatric care.

ConsultGeriRN.org is the evidence-based geriatric clinical nursing website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing and the NICHE program (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). On its website, you will find:

  • evidence-based geriatric protocols for managing common geriatric syndromes and conditions

  • links to specialty nursing associations

  • hospital competencies

  • opportunities to acquire continuing education materials.

ConsultGeriRN.org is funded in part by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc. and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

ConsultGeriRN Information and Resources

AORN Information & Resources

Courses on Caring for Older Adults 

AORN Position Statement on Care of the Older Adult in Perioperative Settings (PDF)

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice


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