Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Endnotes 

Lessons Learned from the Lived

Laura J. Ankeny, CNA, BSN

Abstract

As a BSN student, I enrolled in a gerontological nursing practicum in which part of the clinical experience included participating in the Friendly Visitor Program. Each student was paired up with an older adult in the community to visit and provide a source of companionship. Part of the class assignment was to journal on our experience, including what we did together and our thoughts and feelings about each weekly visit. This Endnote includes excerpts from my journal. I chose to pair with a woman named Marie, because of our similar farming background and because Marie was a centenarian, having lived for 100 years. The experience taught me that we, as care providers, have an opportunity to learn lessons from older adults only if we take the time to listen.…

EXCERPT

As a BSN student, I enrolled in a gerontological nursing practicum in which part of the clinical experience included participating in the Friendly Visitor Program. Each student was paired up with an older adult in the community to visit and provide a source of companionship. Part of the class assignment was to journal on our experience, including what we did together and our thoughts and feelings about each weekly visit. This Endnote includes excerpts from my journal. I chose to pair with a woman named Marie, because of our similar farming background and because Marie was a centenarian, having lived for 100 years. The experience taught me that we, as care providers, have an opportunity to learn lessons from older adults only if we take the time to listen.

Authors

Ms. Ankeny is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa, and a former Certified Nursing Assistant at Emmetsburg Care Center, Emmetsburg, Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently employed by the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Address correspondence to Laura J. Ankeny, 9400 Lakewood Shores Road NW, Rice, MN 56367; e-mail: lankeny1@gmail.com.

10.3928/00989134-20070301-10

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