An Innovative Continuing Nursing Education Program Targeting Key Geriatric Conditions for Hospitalized Older People in China
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A lack of knowledge in registered nurses about geriatric conditions is one of major factors that contribute to these conditions being overlooked in hospitalised older people. In China an innovative geriatric continuing nursing education program aimed at developing registered nurses’ understanding of the complex care needs of hospitalised older people with common geriatric conditions were conducted and evaluated. The program consisted of didactic sessions focused on evidence-based practice and unfolding case study designed to simulate the care trajectory of an older person with a hip fracture and key geriatric conditions. Findings from the program evaluations revealed a significant increase in attitudes towards older people and knowledge concerning common geriatric conditions. The satisfactory rate ranked by program participants was 90%. The study therefore drew the conclusion that effective geriatric continuing nursing education should target participants’ learning needs, support evidence-based practice and engage participants in active learning.
This article under embargo for 18 months from the date of publication due to publisher copyright restrictions. "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis i nEducational Gerontology on 23 May 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03601277.2012.704233."