Projects - National Gerontological Nurse
Developing a National Gerontological Nurse Education Framework: systematic review and qualitative inquiry
It is important that nurses working with older people across all health services are competent to provide the highest quality of nursing care (Baumbusch et al. 2012). Therefore, nurse education and curricula need to be responsive to the diverse and holistic needs of older people and changing care environments.
Aim: This research project aimed to develop an educational framework that will enable nurses to acquire and maintain the necessary knowledge, skills and competence, at the appropriate level to deliver quality person- centred care to older people, throughout the Irish Health Service.
Methods: The educational framework was informed by a systematic review of the literature which on models/frameworks for education in gerontological nursing and a qualitative focus group interviews with frontline nurses from diverse care settings.
Findings: The systematic review included 28 empirical studies and revealed a paucity of empirically tested models or framework for education in gerontological nursing. The evaluations provided evidence of positive outcomes from education programmes combined with contact with older people (clinical and non-clinical settings) including: greater understanding of ageing and the associated challenges
Conclusion: A gerontological nursing framework and competencies was developed under six domains: 1. Professional and ethical nursing practice and conduct; 2. Nursing practice and clinical decision making; 3. Cognition, knowledge and skills 4. Communication and interpersonal relationships; 5. Organisation and management; 6: Leadership and professional scholarship.
The Team: Dr Alice Coffey, Prof Eileen Savage, Dr patricia Leahy-Warren, Dr Helen Mulcathy, Dr Teresa wills, Dr Vera Mc Carty, Ms patricia Fehin, Dr Kathleen mcLoughlin, Ms Donna O Doibhlin, Professor Lazell E Benefield, Ms Bridie O Sullivan, professor Josephine Hegarty