Clearing Up the Confusion About Delirium - SW367-60

Clearing Up the Confusion About Delirium

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CNE and Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD
(4.4 / 359 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Delirium is a medical condition manifested as a disturbance in consciousness and cognition that occurs for a short time. Delirium occurs in around 50% of hospitalized patients 65 years or older and costs more than $164 billion per year in hospital and medical costs. An estimated 30% to 40% of delirium cases among hospitalized patients are preventable. Among community-dwelling elderly and those in long-term care, cases of delirium may accompany a number of medical conditions. The risk rises with age and accompanying dementia. Primary care providers should be aware of a relatively high risk of delirium among patients in long-term care, those over the age of 85 and those with dementia. Among older hospitalized patients, delirium is a common complication adding to length of stay and increasing cost of care. As in many other healthcare situations, nurses are frontline observers who can recognize beginning signs of delirium and initiate care.


The goal of this delirium continuing education program is to inform nurses and social workers about the characteristics of delirium, conditions under which delirium may occur and nursing actions that are indicated. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify conditions that may be associated with delirium across the life span
  • Describe the most common symptoms of delirium
  • Discuss the appropriate nursing actions when delirium is suspected

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 social work continuing education clock hour.
OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online
Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, OnCourse Learning, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919

Course Originally Released on: 5/10/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/10/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/10/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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NTiense C - Waco, TX  ·  Jul 26, 2016
Very informative and well written! Thank you!
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josephine e - auburn, NY  ·  Jul 24, 2016
outstanding information
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JESSICA S - Red Bank, NJ  ·  Jun 23, 2016
Informative, provided important information about delirium causes and how to treat it in an effective yet responsible way.
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Carlton S - Ewa Beach, HI  ·  Jun 22, 2016
Very informative and will be useful to my work.
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Yvonne S - Ewa Beach, HI  ·  Jun 13, 2016
This course helped clear up the confusion about delirium.
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Price: $10.00
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