As nurses we all know how important it is to keep up to date with practice and increase our knowledge base in order to provide excellent patient care and be better nurses. This is why whenever I find good quality CPD opportunities I want to spread the word!!
The University of Tasmania offers a FREE online course called 'Understanding Dementia'. It is a 9 week course that focuses on current practice and research in Dementia and consists of 3 modules.
It begins with Module 1: The Brain which is basically a revision of the anatomy and physiology of the Central Nervous System and also discusses the pathophysiology of dementia.
Module 2: The Diseases then delves deeper into risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and the management of dementia in individuals.
Lastly Module 3: The Person looks at the individuals with dementia and how it affects them and their families. It includes the progression of dementia and different behaviours and also discusses palliative care for individuals with dementia and alternative therapies.
Like I already mentioned, the course is COMPLETELY FREE and COMPLETELY ONLINE! Although it is a 9 week course this is totally flexible, you can complete it earlier or you can take your time as long as you finish it by the time the course closes on the 30th of June 2015, plenty of time! And you also get a certificate on completion.
As nurses most of us routinely come across individuals suffering from dementia. This may be our patient, a patients' wife for whom the patient is their main carer, a patients mother who our patient is worried about while they are in hospital, or it might even be someone in our own family and friend circle. This is why it is so important to understand dementia, to be able to deliver care to these people in a empathetic and effective manner.
If you are interested in checking out the course, you can find the link to it here.