KELS and MoCA...What They Are and What You Need to Know for Discharge Planning 4.18.24

April 18, 2024

Staff do not feel they have the knowledge/understanding of what KELS/MoCA assessments are and how to apply them to discharge planning, as identified in a Needs Assessment completed by the department.

Increased understanding of the KELS and MoCA among our discharge planning staff will lead to better communication amongst the care team and families in regard to helping families navigate patients to the most appropriate level of care (increasing patient satisfaction and decreasing length of stay within the hospital).

Target Audience

Nurse

Social Worker

Learning Objectives

- Explain the differences between KELS and MoCA testing.

- Understand the strengths and limitations of KELS and MoCA testing.

- Explain 3 ways that the KELS or MoCA score can assist with discharge planning.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
04/18/2024
Course expires: 
07/25/2024
Event starts: 
04/18/2024 - 12:30pm EDT
Event ends: 
04/18/2024 - 1:30pm EDT

Staff do not feel they have the knowledge/understanding of what KELS/MoCA assessments are and how to apply them to discharge planning, as identified in a Needs Assessment completed by the department.

Increased understanding of the KELS and MoCA among our discharge planning staff will lead to better communication amongst the care team and families in regard to helping families navigate patients to the most appropriate level of care (increasing patient satisfaction and decreasing length of stay within the hospital).

UPMC Shadyside
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

Jennifer Rudzinski, RN, MSN, ACM

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credits.

Social Work (ASWB)

This program is offered for 1.0 hours of social work continuing education.

Nursing (ANCC)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals:

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 ASWB
  • 1.00 Attendance
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