Learning Objective 1: 1)The learner will be able to describe the three Creative Bonding Intervention (CBI) activities.
Learning Objective 2: 2)The learner will be able to describe major themes of the study.
Background. The aged population, including elders in Taiwan, is growing worldwide. There is an increased need for nurses willing to care for elders; yet few student nurses have interest in elder care. Nursing faculty have the opportunity to promote student nurses' interest in and attitudes about caring for elders following graduation. Reed's self-transcendence theory was the foundational framework for CBI art activities.
Methods. Students and elders participated in three CBI activities (self-portraits, monoprints, and ribbon gems) during six weekly student-elder interactions. Following the interactions, a content analysis was performed on students' responses to open-ended questions about student-elder interactions and the CBI.
Results. Major themes were: (1) Excitement about self-portraits, (2) positive bonding, and (3) intergenerational caring.
Implications for nursing. Students who are provided with creative ways to approach elders become enthusiastic and excited about student-elder interaction, express new interest in elders, and positive attitudes toward caring for elders in the future. Self-transcendence of both students and elders may be stimulated by creative art interventions.