Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Ruth McCorkle



Background: Delirium in older adults is common, but there is evidence that programs utilizing a set of non-pharmacologic interventions are effective in preventing it. Early recognition and delirium prevention programs may save lives and reduce healthcare costs.

Problem: Hospitalized older adults have special needs that can be addressed using evidence-based clinical practice. However, hospital nurses may lack the competency to care for patients at risk of developing delirium and can benefit from a delirium educational training program.

Design: The development of an Education program.

Methods: Critical content was identified, synthesized from the literature and developed into a curriculum outline. A panel of delirium/gerontology experts validated the content.

Significance of the Project: The validation of evidence-based content provides an opportunity to transform the education of nurses who care for patients at risk of developing delirium.


This thesis is restricted to Yale network users only. It will be made publicly available on 02/22/2019