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Managing Complexity: Using the Monologue of Doris Smith to Understand Situational Decision Making

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Assessment Tools, the website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing, contains many evidence-based assessment tools. Located on the ConsultGeriRN website is a variety of assessment tools on topics relevant to the care of older adults. The How to Try This series is comprised of articles and videos demonstrating the use of the Try This:® series. How to Try This articles and videos are listed under their respective Try This article.  Those listed below can be used to assess, evaluate, and discuss the needs of Doris with students. 

Click here to go to and the Try This® and How to Try This resources. 

  • Mental Status Assessment of Older Adults: Mini-Cog
  • Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)
  • Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale
  • The Hospital Admission Risk Profile (HARP)

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