ageism, nursing student attitudes, nursing education gerontology, healthy aging
Despite the increase of the older adult population, there exists a shortage of health care professionals trained to help this population remain independent as long as possible. Ageism, common among younger adults, affects the capacity building of health care for older adults. Research has indicated that increased knowledge about older adults, as well as exposure to the elderly, may alter nursing students' attitudes regarding careers in gerontological nursing. However, questions remain as to what are the most effective ways to provide gerontological content in nursing programs and enhance attitudes toward older adults. With the understanding that younger adults see a need to balance work and play, a baccalaureate nursing program provides examples off ways to accomplish this through integration of courses, simulations, positive images of aging, and learning activities that enhance empathy for both frail and healthy older adults.
Original Publication Citation
Heise, B. A. & Johnsen, V., Himes, D. O., & Wing, D. (2012). Developing positive attitudes toward geriatric nursing. NLN Nursing Education Perspectives 33(3), 156-161.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Heise, Barbara A.; Johnsen, Vickie; Himes, Deborah O.; and Wing, Debra, "Developing Positive Attitudes Toward Geriatric Nursing Among Millennials and Generations Xers" (2012). Faculty Publications. 5096.
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