ERIC Number: ED414487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting Autonomy and Independence among Older People: An Evaluation of Educational Programmes in Nursing.
Brooker, Charles; Davies, Sue; Ellis, Lorraine; Laker, Sara; Philp, Ian; Walker, Alan; Warnes, Anthony
A study explored the relationship between the content of educational programs in nursing and the quality of nursing care for older people, especially the extent to which nurses promote autonomy and independence. Activities included an analysis of curricula for pre- and postregistration nursing education programs in Britain, investigation of outcomes of a course on nursing elderly people in different care settings, and a national survey of facilities providing continuing care to older people. Curriculum analysis revealed content relating to most dimensions of autonomy and independence in most programs. Little evidence indicated older people's involvement in educational program development and delivery. The survey of nursing homes found a wide variation in the proportion of staff with a range of pre- and postregistration educational qualifications. Most nursing homes had little contact with nursing educational centers. Resident autonomy was positively associated with overall level of nurses' educational experience, proportion of qualified staff undertaking educational programs, and level of contact with nursing educational centers. Evaluation of the course on nursing elderly people suggested it was very successful in challenging stereotypical views of older people. Some course participants and managers were concerned about its relevance to their own practice setting. Nurse educators tended to focus on abstract concepts and theoretical ideas at the expense of practical applications. (Appendixes contain 211 references, instruments, and tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aging (Individuals), Continuing Education, Daily Living Skills, Foreign Countries, Independent Living, Nursing, Nursing Education, Older Adults, Personal Autonomy, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Self Management
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Publications Department, Victory House, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P 0HA, England, United Kingdom (15 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)