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Joanne Zanetos completed her DNP with a specialization in Nursing Education at Duquesne University at 56 years. She completed her MSN and BSN from Capital University andher ADN from Columbus Technical Institute. She currently works in the Grad-entry program and online RN to BSN program at the Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is an associated clinical faculty member who also serves in community outreach programs to educate stakeholders on health and wellness prevention. She serves as a judge in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at The Ohio State University. She has recently published her work on associations between drug interactions and falls in the older adult.

Abstract

A pretest-posttest no control group design was conducted to test nursing knowledge on adverse drug reactions and geriatric pharmacology for nursing staff in a skilled rehabilitation center in the Midwest. Twenty-six staff nurses were educated on fundamental geriatric pharmacology and physiological changes occurring during the aging process that can ultimately affect pharmacodynamics in the elderly. Results of a 2-tailed t-test showed a significant increase in posttest scores (t-test (50) = 3.53, p=0.003). Retrospective fall and medication data collected over two months in 2011 and two months in 2012 were compared. The incidence of falls decreased (44.7%) with total number of residents falling (30.7%) post intervention in 2012. Results suggest staff nurses need to have continuing pharmaceutical education and medication management classes about the elderly.

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