ERIC Number: ED329191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Ethical Issues within the Gerontological Nursing Curriculum.
Bahr, Rose Therese
This presentation focuses on ethical issues that need to be addressed within the gerontological nursing curriculum for preparing nurses to become change agents and catalysts in the health care of the older population. Ethics and ethical principles are defined, and three ethical principles are discussed: justice; beneficence; and autonomy. State-of-the-art practices in entry-level and advanced-level preparation of gerontological nurses are identified, including types of programs, length of preparation, focus of preparation, primary work setting, and primary and secondary nursing roles. Ethical issues in the areas of nursing curriculum, nursing faculty, students, nursing practice, and problem-solving strategies are then addressed. The paper examines different approaches to patient care required in various settings, considers assessment skills and competencies of nursing students regarding the unique health needs of older adults, explores why nurse faculty are reluctant to teach content on aging, and analyzes student attitudes toward older adults. (JDD)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Curriculum, Educational Practices, Ethical Instruction, Ethics, Geriatrics, Gerontology, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Nursing, Nursing Education, Older Adults, Problem Solving, Professional Education, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 Tenth St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the "Ethical Issues within the Gerontological Nursing Curriculum" conference.