Infusing gerontological nursing content into advanced practice education.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan A. Letvak, Professor, Department Chair, & Undergraduate Programs Director (Creator)
Patricia B. Crane, Associate Professor (Contributor)
Laurie M. Kennedy-Malone (Contributor)
Eileen Mieras Kohlenberg, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The inclusion of gerontology content in the nursing curriculum is paramount as our population of older adults grows. As one of 10 recipients of the John A. Hartford Foundation/AACN awards for Enhancing Gerontological and Geriatric Nursing Education for Advanced Practice Nursing Programs, we successfully integrated gerontological/ geriatric content throughout core courses for all concentrations taught at the master’s level. The Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies for Older Adult Care1 were used as a guide to integrate gerontological nursing content across the core courses. We present examples of content, strategies, and evaluation methods that demonstrate infusion of gerontology in a nursing theory course, research course, and healthcare law and policy course. Twenty-two of the competencies are addressed in these core courses and provide a foundation for further development in the support and specialty courses for the nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, nursing administrator, nurse educator, and nurse anesthetist. We also present helpful Web-based resources for older adult care.

Additional Information

Nursing Outlook, 55, 38-43
Language: English
Date: 2007
Nursing curriculum, Gerontology

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