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Curricular Innovations for Teaching Undergraduate Nursing Students Care of Older Adults

Gray-Miceli, Deanna PhD, GNP-BC, FGSA, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN; Morse, Catherine EdD, APN-A, CRNA, MSN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000583
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Background By 2030, 1 in 5 persons will be 65 years or older. To address the health care needs of the burgeoning elderly population, nursing faculty need to use curricular models that are poised to deliver age-appropriate nursing care to the specialized needs of the older adult population.

Problem The lack of geriatric clinical experiences and clinical faculty who do not have expertise in geriatric nursing assessment create barriers to guide students in learning about care of older adults.

Approach A new curricular approach to educate prelicensure nursing students about caring for older adults was created, which used 6 types of learning assignments during a 7-week clinical practicum. Students were exposed to interactive learning assignments based on competencies involving interviewing, performance-based assessment, clinical decision making, and problem-based learning.

Outcome Prelicensure nursing students (n = 124) rated the interactive, performance-based functional evaluation assignment highest for perceived understanding and as the best type of learning experience.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Gray-Miceli), Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton; Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director (Dr Morse), Rutgers–The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing, Blackwood.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Gray-Miceli, Florida Atlantic University, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (

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Accepted for publication: June 11, 2018

Published ahead of print: July 26, 2018

Cite this article as: Gray-Miceli D, Morse C. Curricular innovations for teaching undergraduate nursing students care of older adults. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(3):E7-E10. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000583

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