The purpose of this project was to develop a model for the incorporation and attainment of key gerontological nursing competencies for pre-licensure nursing students into clinical experiences within Designated Education Units (DEU) in two clinical settings and among non-DEU settings across the state of Texas. Supporting targeted learning environments with key nursing staff engagement in the development and evaluation of essential skills was also explored. As part of this project, a Gerontological Competency tool was developed and piloted. Additionally, during this project a Gerontological Nursing Toolkit for pre-licensure nursing students and faculty were also developed. Both the tool and toolkit are designed for incorporation into traditional clinical settings, DEU settings, and skills and simulation laboratories in schools of nursing. This project provides a model for standardization of key gerontological nursing competencies attainment throughout a pre-licensure program; targeting workforce readiness for an aging population in need of specialized and complex holistic nursing care. The tool and toolbox can be utilized by pre-licensure nursing students and faculty in any setting and can be translated for global utilization.
This presentation includes a discussion of the Gerontological Competency tool development and validation among pre-licensure nursing students throughout the state of Texas. Also addressed is the development and key components of the Gerontological Nursing Toolkit. Data from initial student groups comparing experiences in DEU and non-DEU settings will also be presented. Lastly, the presenters provide strategies for and processes of engaging collaborating institutional DEU and other nursing staff in a novel manner that can be adapted across national and international settings.
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