Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Innovations in Community-Based and Long-Term Care 

Incorporating Geriatric Content into an Undergraduate Parent–Child Nursing Course—An Innovative Approach

Eileen R. Fowles, PhD, RNC; Lynn Kennell, MSN, RN

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the development of an innovative educational strategy for incorporating geriatric content into an undergraduate parent–child nursing course. Faculty supervised the development of an interactive media-based module that met content objectives for the parent–child course and included the functional assessment of the geriatric client living in a home setting. Students found this module to be a creative, user-friendly, and practical application of theory to a realistic clinical situation. This strategy successfully infused geriatric content into a pediatric course to enhance students’ abilities to care for older adults.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to describe the development of an innovative educational strategy for incorporating geriatric content into an undergraduate parent–child nursing course. Faculty supervised the development of an interactive media-based module that met content objectives for the parent–child course and included the functional assessment of the geriatric client living in a home setting. Students found this module to be a creative, user-friendly, and practical application of theory to a realistic clinical situation. This strategy successfully infused geriatric content into a pediatric course to enhance students’ abilities to care for older adults.
Authors

Dr. Fowles is retired Associate Professor and Ms. Kennell is Instructional Assistant Professor, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Lynn Kennell, MS, RN, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790-5810.

10.3928/00989134-20070301-04

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