Thursday, 20 July 2006: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Comparison of Three Education Strategies for Nursing with Older Adults
Learning Objective #1: Identify modes to present education on the care of older patients to validate evidence based practice in a myriad of settings .
Learning Objective #2: Identify one opportunity for international collaboration in nursing education related to older persons.
The symposium will describe how gerontology content is presented to students in three different types of courses: a free standing course with a practicum, an integrated content and practicum throughout a nursing curriculum, and a multiple discipline course. The free-standing, gerontology course provides an application of medical-surgical and health promotion practices within an older adult population; this is an internet facilitated course using WebCT. Descriptions of two approaches and the pros/cons of each will be discussed to explore how nursing students have the opportunity to apply nursing knowledge with the older adult population in a variety of settings. The focus of the integrated gerontology content is based on caring for the older client in three lifespan medical-surgical courses. This is accomplished by including specialized case studies, clinical simulations, interactive games and “real-life” role-playing activities, which focus on not only the pathophysiology, but also the specialized needs of the older clients. The interdisciplinary course identifies strengths and limitations of having students from multiple backgrounds and disciplines as well as experiences and goals related to gerontology. To enhance the non-clinical course, projects are used i.e. one to one interviews with elders and elder group projects. A summary highlighting key points and strengths and limitations of the each of the 3 types of course offerings will be included.
Organizer:Margaret Louis, RN, PhD
 Free-standing Gerontology Course
Cheryl Maes, MSN, RN, APN-BC, Kevin M. Gulliver, MSN, RN, BSN, AS
 Integration of Gerontology in a Nursing Curriculum
Diane Elmore, RN, APN, MSN, FNP-C
 Interdisciplinary Gerontology Course
Margaret Louis, RN, PhD