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Service Learning With a Geriatric Population

Changing Attitudes and Improving Knowledge

Beauvais, Audrey DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL; Foito, Kim MSN, RN; Pearlin, Nina MA, BSN, RN; Yost, Eileen MSN, RNC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000181
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Relatively few nursing students choose to specialize in geriatric nursing. While increased clinical exposure and improved knowledge of the elderly have been proposed to manage this staffing dilemma, successful strategies have not been identified. This study examined nursing students’ attitudes and knowledge about the elderly, before and after service learning experiences in Senior Citizen Centers. Through these interventions, students had significantly improved attitudes and knowledge about the elderly.

Author Affiliations: Associate Dean and Assistant Professor (Dr Beauvais), Fairfield University, Connecticut; and Clinical Assistant Professor (Ms Foito), Instructor (Ms Pearlin), and Clinical Assistant Professor (Ms Yost), Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

This research was supported by a grant from the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (#13-H12-26) and by Sacred Heart University.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Beauvais, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824 (

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Accepted for publication: April 4, 2015

Published ahead of print: May 19, 2015

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