Effective factors for development of gerontological nursing competence: A qualitative study

Zahra Purfarzad, Masoud Bahrami, Mahrokh Keshvari, Mohammad Rafiei, Nina Sivertsen

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Background: Many nurses working in hospitals are not prepared to provide appropriate care for older people. This qualitative study aimed to identify factors influencing the development of gerontological nursing competence in Iranian hospitals. Method: Twenty-six participants (nine nurses, 12 nurse managers, four clinical instructors, one physician) who worked in four teaching hospitals and nursing schools were interviewed by semistructured interview method. Conventional content analysis was used. Results: Two main categories emerged from the data: (a) management factors with the subcategories of meritocracy in elderly nursing, leadership style of nursing managers, educational system, the quality of working life, and performance management; (b) organizational factors with the subcategories of organizational learning, and organizational support. Conclusion: These findings can help nurse managers and clinical instructors identify, develop, and implement strategies for further development of gerontological nursing competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019


  • nursing care
  • older people
  • competence


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