Health Status and Nursing Outcomes in Community Dwelling Older Adults Followed by BSN Students for Four Semesters

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159188
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health Status and Nursing Outcomes in Community Dwelling Older Adults Followed by BSN Students for Four Semesters
Author(s):
Davis, Rebecca; Jensen, Susan; Beel-Bates, Cynthia
Author Details:
Rebecca Davis, PhD, RN, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State Universtiy, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, email: davirebe@gvsu.edu; Susan Jensen, PhD, RN, CCM; and Cynthia Beel-Bates, PhD, RN, FGSA, both of KCON, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Abstract:
This study was part of an evaluation of the effectiveness of a new longitudinal geriatric clinical experience called the Longitudinal Elder Initiative (LEI). In this project, community dwelling older adults are paired with BSN nursing students for 4 semesters. This analysis included 37 student-elder pairs who had completed the LEI clinical experience. Students assessed their clients using valid tools in areas such as depression, sleep, pain, fall risk, polypharmacy, and nutrition. Data were collected via a review of the student portfolios, which tracked the elderly client's health over the entire project. The older adults' ages ranged from 66 - 91 years (mean 80 years). The older adults experienced multiple health problems, with sleep problems identified by the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (n =24, 55%), nutritional problems as defined by the Mini Nutritional Assessment screening (n = 11, 30%), and depression as defined by the Geriatric Depression Scale (n = 7, 19%), the most common. Poor sleep quality was correlated with a more negative self-perceived health rating (r =-.74, p<.05), higher (worse) scores on the geriatric depression scale (r = .60, p<.01) and higher levels of pain (r = .39, p<.05). Higher (more depressive) scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale correlated with poorer nutrition (r = -.62, p<.05) and poorer sleep quality (r = .60, p<.01). The elderly individuals experienced multiple health events over the 4 semester time period, including surgeries (n = 12, 32%), acute illness (n = 9, 24%), falls (n = 7, 15%) and grief and loss (n = 5, 11%). Students implemented nursing care plans longitudinally, and made positive impacts in areas of socialization, safety, nutrition, sleep, pain, and health promotion. The LEI clinical experience is effective at providing students an opportunity to learn about health and well being over time in community dwelling older adults.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
Annual Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference
Conference Host:
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth Status and Nursing Outcomes in Community Dwelling Older Adults Followed by BSN Students for Four Semestersen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Rebeccaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJensen, Susanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBeel-Bates, Cynthiaen_GB
dc.author.detailsRebecca Davis, PhD, RN, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State Universtiy, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, email: davirebe@gvsu.edu; Susan Jensen, PhD, RN, CCM; and Cynthia Beel-Bates, PhD, RN, FGSA, both of KCON, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159188-
dc.description.abstractThis study was part of an evaluation of the effectiveness of a new longitudinal geriatric clinical experience called the Longitudinal Elder Initiative (LEI). In this project, community dwelling older adults are paired with BSN nursing students for 4 semesters. This analysis included 37 student-elder pairs who had completed the LEI clinical experience. Students assessed their clients using valid tools in areas such as depression, sleep, pain, fall risk, polypharmacy, and nutrition. Data were collected via a review of the student portfolios, which tracked the elderly client's health over the entire project. The older adults' ages ranged from 66 - 91 years (mean 80 years). The older adults experienced multiple health problems, with sleep problems identified by the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (n =24, 55%), nutritional problems as defined by the Mini Nutritional Assessment screening (n = 11, 30%), and depression as defined by the Geriatric Depression Scale (n = 7, 19%), the most common. Poor sleep quality was correlated with a more negative self-perceived health rating (r =-.74, p<.05), higher (worse) scores on the geriatric depression scale (r = .60, p<.01) and higher levels of pain (r = .39, p<.05). Higher (more depressive) scores on the Geriatric Depression Scale correlated with poorer nutrition (r = -.62, p<.05) and poorer sleep quality (r = .60, p<.01). The elderly individuals experienced multiple health events over the 4 semester time period, including surgeries (n = 12, 32%), acute illness (n = 9, 24%), falls (n = 7, 15%) and grief and loss (n = 5, 11%). Students implemented nursing care plans longitudinally, and made positive impacts in areas of socialization, safety, nutrition, sleep, pain, and health promotion. The LEI clinical experience is effective at providing students an opportunity to learn about health and well being over time in community dwelling older adults.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:47:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:47:18Z-
dc.conference.date2007-
dc.conference.nameAnnual Midwest Nursing Research Society Conferenceen_GB
dc.conference.hostMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
dc.conference.locationOmaha, Nebraska, USAen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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