Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services

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Aging Matters 

Geropsychiatric Nursing: An Underrecognized Specialty

Pamela R. Cangelosi, PhD, RN, CNE

Abstract

Undergraduate nursing students often do not view geropsychiatric nursing as a specialty they would consider upon graduation. This article reveals that students who are given the opportunity to interact one-on-one with an older adult may change their viewpoint about becoming involved in this specialty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Cangelosi is Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, Fairfax, Virginia.

Address correspondence to Pamela R. Cangelosi, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, 4400 University Drive, MS 3C4, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444; e-mail: pcangelo@gmu.edu.

Abstract

Undergraduate nursing students often do not view geropsychiatric nursing as a specialty they would consider upon graduation. This article reveals that students who are given the opportunity to interact one-on-one with an older adult may change their viewpoint about becoming involved in this specialty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Cangelosi is Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, Fairfax, Virginia.

Address correspondence to Pamela R. Cangelosi, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, 4400 University Drive, MS 3C4, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444; e-mail: pcangelo@gmu.edu.

ABSTRACT

Undergraduate nursing students often do not view geropsychiatric nursing as a specialty they would consider upon graduation. This article reveals that students who are given the opportunity to interact one-on-one with an older adult may change their viewpoint about becoming involved in this specialty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Cangelosi is Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, Fairfax, Virginia.

Address correspondence to Pamela R. Cangelosi, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, 4400 University Drive, MS 3C4, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444; e-mail: pcangelo@gmu.edu.

10.3928/02793695-20070901-08

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