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ERIC Number: EJ1260841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Enhancing Nursing Home Care for Seniors: Impact of a Living Classroom on Nursing Assistant's Education
Boscart, Veronique M.; McCleary, Lynn; Stolee, Paul; Taucar, Linda Sheiban; Wilhelm, Jessica; Johnson, Keia; d'Avernas, Josie; Brown, Paul; Raasok, Marlene
Educational Gerontology, v46 n8 p461-472 2020
Nursing Assistants (NAs) are the largest workforce in nursing homes, but often lack adequate preparation for their role. The Living Classroom (LC) is an integrated learning approach, whereby a NA program is delivered in a nursing home (NH) in collaboration with a community college. This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of the LC. Mixed methods were used to gather data from 48 NA students, 5 faculty, and 42 NH staff over 30 weeks. Students, faculty, and nursing home staff described the LC as a positive learning experience. Students' gerontological knowledge increased over time (p = 0.0012). Students reported very positive relationships with program mentors and NH residents. The LC provides a unique approach to prepare NAs to work in nursing homes. This model could expand to other educational programs with a gerontology focus.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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