"Take a Walk in My Shoes": Engaging Nursing Students in a Service-Learning Project Designed to In-Service Healthcare Employees about our Growing Population, the Elderly

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155189
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Presentation
Title:
"Take a Walk in My Shoes": Engaging Nursing Students in a Service-Learning Project Designed to In-Service Healthcare Employees about our Growing Population, the Elderly
Abstract:
"Take a Walk in My Shoes": Engaging Nursing Students in a Service-Learning Project Designed to In-Service Healthcare Employees about our Growing Population, the Elderly
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Eymard, Amanda, MSN
P.I. Institution Name:Nicholls State University
Title:Assistant Professor of Nursing
Co-Authors:Brandi Crawford, MSN
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Currently, over 36 million people, or one in eight Americans (12%), are age 65 or older. Rapid growth of this population is expected to begin in the year 2011, when the first of the baby-boom generation reaches age 65 and is expected to continue for many years (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004).  As evidenced by reports of inadequate preparation of nursing students in regards to geriatrics, this project serves to enhance the nursing students' and health care employees' knowledge of geriatrics, thus enhancing the care provided to the elderly population.  Methods: The "Take a Walk in My Shoes" project is an interactive, educational program designed to in-service health care employees at local hospitals and nursing homes.  The in-services provide a hands-on experience allowing employees to experience common ailments associated with geriatric clients.  Through the use of simulation equipment, participants experience the difficulties and challenges associated with activities of daily living experienced by some geriatric clients. This program was developed to incorporate nursing students in a community service learning project designed to positively impact the health care of geriatric clients.  Nursing students actively participated in an educational program for the employees of health care facilities, which provide learning experiences for many students of. After attending a short lecture by the faculty, the participants visited four simulation stations conducted by the students.  Each station allowed participants to "take a walk" and experience ailments sometimes associated with the elderly population.  Research was conducted to assess for an increase in knowledge and empathy regarding geriatric clients. Results: Data analysis involved a qualitative approach incorporating student journals and participant evaluations.  Four major themes were identified during data analysis: "nervous/anxious", "fun", "teacher/educating", and "empathy".  Both participants and students expressed an increase in empathy and understanding with regard to the elderly. Conclusion:   While the students served as educators, they also learned.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"Take a Walk in My Shoes": Engaging Nursing Students in a Service-Learning Project Designed to In-Service Healthcare Employees about our Growing Population, the Elderlyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155189-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">&quot;Take a Walk in My Shoes&quot;: Engaging Nursing Students in a Service-Learning Project Designed to In-Service Healthcare Employees about our Growing Population, the Elderly</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Eymard, Amanda, MSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Nicholls State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">amanda.eymard@nicholls.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Brandi Crawford, MSN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Currently, over 36 million people, or one in eight Americans (12%), are age 65 or older. Rapid growth of this population is expected to begin in the year 2011, when the first of the baby-boom generation reaches age 65 and is expected to continue for many years (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004).&nbsp; As evidenced by reports of inadequate preparation of nursing students in regards to geriatrics, this project serves to enhance the nursing students' and health care employees' knowledge of geriatrics, thus enhancing the care provided to the elderly population.&nbsp; Methods: The &quot;Take a Walk in My Shoes&quot; project is an interactive, educational program designed to in-service health care employees at local hospitals and nursing homes.&nbsp; The in-services provide a hands-on experience allowing employees to experience common ailments associated with geriatric clients.&nbsp; Through the use of simulation equipment, participants experience the difficulties and challenges associated with activities of daily living experienced by some geriatric clients. This program was developed to incorporate nursing students in a community service learning project designed to positively impact the health care of geriatric clients.&nbsp; Nursing students actively participated in an educational program for the employees of health care facilities, which provide learning experiences for many students of. After attending a short lecture by the faculty, the participants visited four simulation stations conducted by the students.&nbsp; Each station allowed participants to &quot;take a walk&quot; and experience ailments sometimes associated with the elderly population.&nbsp; Research was conducted to assess for an increase in knowledge and empathy regarding geriatric clients. Results: Data analysis involved a qualitative approach incorporating student journals and participant evaluations.&nbsp; Four major themes were identified during data analysis: &quot;nervous/anxious&quot;, &quot;fun&quot;, &quot;teacher/educating&quot;, and &quot;empathy&quot;.&nbsp; Both participants and students expressed an increase in empathy and understanding with regard to the elderly. Conclusion: &nbsp; While the students served as educators, they also learned.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:37:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:37:08Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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