Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Innovations in Long-Term Care 

Simply the Best: Teaching Gerontological Nursing Students to Teach Evidence-Based Practice

Deborah Perry Schoenfelder, PhD, RN

Abstract

This article describes a teaching strategy used in an undergraduate gerontological nursing clinical course to familiarize students with evidence-based practice. Students are required to read and summarize an assigned evidence-based practice guideline published by The University of Iowa Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center. They then develop a “tip sheet,” based on the assigned guideline, to disseminate to health care staff at their practicum sites, which is either a long-term care facility or a hospital-based skilled nursing facility. Nursing students’ reactions to the assignment and nursing staff’s responses to the tip sheets are discussed.

Abstract

This article describes a teaching strategy used in an undergraduate gerontological nursing clinical course to familiarize students with evidence-based practice. Students are required to read and summarize an assigned evidence-based practice guideline published by The University of Iowa Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center. They then develop a “tip sheet,” based on the assigned guideline, to disseminate to health care staff at their practicum sites, which is either a long-term care facility or a hospital-based skilled nursing facility. Nursing students’ reactions to the assignment and nursing staff’s responses to the tip sheets are discussed.
Authors
Dr. Schoenfelder is Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Iowa, College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa.

The author gratefully acknowledges the contributions of nursing students Lisa Hildebrand and Chelsey Nelson, who allowed their finished works to be displayed in this article.

Address correspondence to Deborah Perry Schoenfelder, PhD, RN, Clinical Associate Professor, 430 Nursing Building, The University of Iowa, College of Nursing, Iowa City, IA 52242; e-mail: deborah-schoenfelder@uiowa.edu.

10.3928/00989134-20070801-03

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