Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

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.

Open Access

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