Methods: Geriatric education was provided to a select group of staff nurses using a 2-day workshop format in combination with a series of six monthly project development day-long sessions. In concurrence with adult learning principles, multiple teaching methodologies were utilized in delivering content within the didactic workshop sessions. Other learning modalities included project development team meetings as well as collaboration with content experts related to the focus of individual projects. Topics covered in didactic sessions included: evidence-based geriatric best practices related to geriatric syndromes; age-related physiologic changes; literature searching; reading and synthesizing research articles; project development; practice change implementation; and presentation tips and templates.
Results: Effectiveness of the educational perspective of the intervention was evaluated by: participant satisfaction with workshop sessions; participants’ demonstration of research skills to include article acquisition, selection of current literature, synthesis of literature; actual project development and implementation; dissemination of project findings to professional colleagues.
Conclusion: Three important components of a successful program to teach best nursing practices and the use of evidence-based practice should include: a workshop format for didactic instruction, team meetings for project development and managing group dynamics, and an ample opportunity for coaching and mentoring.