Description: This presentation covers historical underpinnings of research, basic constructs, and terminology used by professionals who study loneliness, and zooms in on the growing body of contemporary research that point to a worldwide epidemic of loneliness and potential consequences for physical and mental health. Content includes thought-provoking COVID-19-related insights on loneliness, and also gives nursing professionals insights into assessments developed to identify lonely clients, tools for measuring loneliness, and tips on developing a nursing care plan for lonely clients.
Credits: 1 credit; Nurses will be awarded 1 contact hour from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attenance is rquired; no partial credit will be given.)
Format: 100% online
Provider: Mercy College of Health Sciences; Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #383.
Open Date: March 3, 2022
Audience: Registered Nurses
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, Nurses will be able to: describe the difference between isolation and loneliness; summarize research findings on the topic of loneliness; describe how isolation and loneliness impact human health; and identify nursing interventions for isolation and loneliness.
Authors: Tria D. Allen, MS, BSN, Continuing Education Coordinator, HRSA Care Project; Mary Hatcher, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, PHM-BC, Adjunct Faculty; Jude Gustafson, BA, MA, Content and Education Technology Manager
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