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Carol Knauff

Carol Knauff, MSN, RN, CCRN is a Registered since 1978. Carol is currently the Patient Care Manager for St. Luke’s Endoscopy Center- Buxmont in Sellersville PA.  Areas of expertise include: critical care, gastroenterology, diabetes care and gerontology nursing. She is active in bedside nursing, administrative and education roles. She has been active faculty for multiple universities and private nursing education companies.

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Class Accreditation

All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.

Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

Respiratory Assessment in the Elderly

Contact Hours: 1
Cost: $12.00

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Respiratory Assessment in the Elderly
For a complete list of accreditations for this course, please see the accreditation information box below the author’s bio.  All states  recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours.

Many changes have occurred within the Long Term Care setting. Nurses are now providing care to higher acuity residents, with many of the residents requiring thorough and accurate respiratory assessment as well as the provision of respiratory treatments. Being familiar with all aspects of respiratory therapy has become essential to nurses in the skilled nursing, long term care and post-acute care settings.

The elderly patient frequently presents unique and subtle symptoms of respiratory disease and often those within this age group have a higher incidence of respiratory dysfunction and disease.

This respiratory online course will provide an overview of the general changes in the respiratory system frequently seen with the elderly as well as an overview of commonly encountered respiratory diseases.

Competency will be established by documentation that the nurse successfully completed education with exam scores of 80% or higher.


After participating in this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss changes in pulmonary function seen with the aging process.
2. Identify key factors associated with patients experiencing infective processes.
3. Discuss various elements regarding smoking cessation including hands-on resources.
4. List physiologic changes that occur throughout the spectrum of COPD.


Chapter 1 
Overview and General Changes

Chapter 2
Atelectasis & Pneumonia

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Lung Cancer

Chapter 6
Smoking Cessation