ERIC Number: ED464245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Longitudinal Study of the Effectiveness of Educational Preparation To Meet the Needs of Older People and Their Carers: The Advancing Gerontological Education in Nursing (The AGEIN) Project. Research Highlights.
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
A 3 and a half year project explored the effectiveness of education in preparing nurses in the United Kingdom to meet the needs of older people and their carers within a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency context. It was comprised of comprehensive reviews of the relevant literature; an empirical study involving 781 student nurses and 855 qualified practitioners; case study methods for 4 sites in England; and data collection involving face-to-face and telephone interviews, focus groups, workshops, observations, and documentary analysis. Findings provided important insights into nurses' perceptions of work with older people and of their knowledge and understanding of the situation of older people today. The study indicated nurses had only limited knowledge of the demographic situation of older people. However, there was no evidence of negative attitudes towards older people but rather an awareness, among student nurses in particular, of the "impoverished environment" in which older people received care. Exposure to such impoverished environments often made work with older people an unattractive career option for students. In creating a positive learning experience for students and providing high quality care for older people, the best placements ensured students were able to have a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement, and significance. The implication was that, if the care older people receive is to improve, then there is a need to develop and sustain a "relationship-centered" approach to care. (Author/YLB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Career Choice, Developed Nations, Disadvantaged Environment, Educational Gerontology, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Geriatrics, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Medical Services, Nurses, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Older Adults, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Student Attitudes
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Publications Department, Victory House, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7HA, England, United Kingdom. Tel: 0207-391-6314; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nmc-uk.org/cms/content/Publications/rh48.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom