An innovative continuing nursing education program targeting key geriatric conditions for hospitalized older people in China

Dongxia Xiao, Jun Shen, Haifeng Wu, Fu Ding, Xizhen He, Yueping Zhu

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    Abstract

    A lack of knowledge in registered nurses about geriatric conditions is one of the major factors that contribute to these conditions being overlooked in hospitalized older people. In China, an innovative geriatric continuing nursing education program aimed at developing registered nurses' understanding of the complex care needs of hospitalized older people with common geriatric conditions was conducted and evaluated. The program consisted of didactic sessions focused on evidence-based practice and unfolding case studies 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 favorable attitudes towards older people and increased knowledge concerning common geriatric conditions. The satisfaction 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)585-598
    Number of pages14
    JournalEducational Gerontology
    Volume39
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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