Playing Nicely With Others: The Development of an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163864
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Playing Nicely With Others: The Development of an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies
Author(s):
Halloran, Laurel
Author Details:
Laurel Halloran, PhD, APRN, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
In the year 2000, older adults accounted for almost 14% of the population in Connecticut. This figure is projected to grow to almost 630,000 by the year 2020. National estimates by the US census Bureau project an even greater increase, with the population 65 and older expected to increase from 35 million in 2002 to 54 million in 2020. These data indicate that careers in older adult services will experience tremendous growth during the next 20 years particularly in the area of health and human services. People are living longer and the vocal generation of aging Baby Boomers is expected to demand improved, diversified services in their golden years. In fact, the government has predicted that by 2010 the country will need 3/1 million new health care workers, along with 2.2 replacement workers. Now is the time to begin to educate students to accommodate expanding demand. Yet, at the same time, resources at state University's have "stabilized". The purpose of this project is to develop a collaborative offering of an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies with an underlying focus on health promotion and wellness across the curriculum without requiring additional resources. In 2002, five academic departments (Nursing, Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences, Management, Social Work, and Psychology) at Western CT State University came together to develop a program that would meet this need. The curriculum was primarily created for practicing professionals in health care and human services who want to advance their professional knowledge in the area of gerontology. Structured around four core courses and four professional discipline specific courses the curriculum addresses a host of topic such as normative aging processes; wellness; learning styles of older adults; case management skills; cognitive and mental health conditions associated with the older adult population; drug addictions and pharmacology; legal, ethical and social issues; community resources and supports; residence rights; family systems and finances. A core group of faculty from the five diverse disciplines was able to develop an innovative curriculum that met the needs of a variety of different health care professionals by combining expertise and effort - without costing the University additional resources. Lessons learned and obstacles encountered in the development of an interdisciplinary program will be shared.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2004
Conference Name:
2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, 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_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePlaying Nicely With Others: The Development of an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studiesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHalloran, Laurelen_US
dc.author.detailsLaurel Halloran, PhD, APRN, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163864-
dc.description.abstractIn the year 2000, older adults accounted for almost 14% of the population in Connecticut. This figure is projected to grow to almost 630,000 by the year 2020. National estimates by the US census Bureau project an even greater increase, with the population 65 and older expected to increase from 35 million in 2002 to 54 million in 2020. These data indicate that careers in older adult services will experience tremendous growth during the next 20 years particularly in the area of health and human services. People are living longer and the vocal generation of aging Baby Boomers is expected to demand improved, diversified services in their golden years. In fact, the government has predicted that by 2010 the country will need 3/1 million new health care workers, along with 2.2 replacement workers. Now is the time to begin to educate students to accommodate expanding demand. Yet, at the same time, resources at state University's have "stabilized". The purpose of this project is to develop a collaborative offering of an Advanced Certificate in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Studies with an underlying focus on health promotion and wellness across the curriculum without requiring additional resources. In 2002, five academic departments (Nursing, Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences, Management, Social Work, and Psychology) at Western CT State University came together to develop a program that would meet this need. The curriculum was primarily created for practicing professionals in health care and human services who want to advance their professional knowledge in the area of gerontology. Structured around four core courses and four professional discipline specific courses the curriculum addresses a host of topic such as normative aging processes; wellness; learning styles of older adults; case management skills; cognitive and mental health conditions associated with the older adult population; drug addictions and pharmacology; legal, ethical and social issues; community resources and supports; residence rights; family systems and finances. A core group of faculty from the five diverse disciplines was able to develop an innovative curriculum that met the needs of a variety of different health care professionals by combining expertise and effort - without costing the University additional resources. Lessons learned and obstacles encountered in the development of an interdisciplinary program will be shared.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:40:33Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:40:33Z-
dc.conference.date2004en_US
dc.conference.name2004 NACNS Conference, Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Centuryen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Renaissance in CNS Practice: Transforming Nursing in the 21st Century, held on March 11 to 13, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
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.en_US
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