Getting Smart About Getting Old: Positive Outcomes Associated with an Innovative Gerontological Nursing Initiative

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182006
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Getting Smart About Getting Old: Positive Outcomes Associated with an Innovative Gerontological Nursing Initiative
Author(s):
Moran, Judith
Author Details:
Judith Moran, RN, DNSC, NE-BC, Assistant Vice President for Nursing-Critical Care Services and Coordinator-Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Huntington Hospital, Huntington, New York, USA, email: jmoran@hunthosp.org
Abstract:
Poster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: Purpose: To indentify positive outcomes associated with an innovative gerontological nursing education initiative, called: "Getting Smart About Getting Old". Background: People over the age of 65 are the fastest growing sector of the United States population. The unique and complex healthcare needs of increased numbers of elderly will challenge the American healthcare system. Therefore, the specialty of gerontological nursing will become even more important in the future. Innovative Practice: In 2008, distressed by evidence that RNs did not feel that they knew enough about age-appropriate care for the elderly, a CNO challenged her nursing staff to augment their knowledge, skills and attitudes related to caring for the elderly, and attain ANCC certification as a Gerontological Nurse. To help accomplish this goal, Staff Development Educators developed an innovative, evidence-based, gerontological education course, called: "Getting Smart About Getting Old". Outcomes: Thus far, 45 RNs have attained ANCC Gerontological Nurse Certification. The goal is for 100 RNs to become certified by the end of 2010. Nurses are using gerontology principles to change nursing practice and create an elderly-friendly hospital. For example, staff members read the food choices on the dietary menues to elderly patients and their family members and assist them to make nutritionally wise, appetizing food selections. Quality outcomes include: increased satisfaction among geriatric patients and their family members, fewer skin integrity problems and reduced patient falls. Implications: Innovative, gerontological nursing initiatives improve nurses' ability to provide safe, effective, evidence-based nursing care to geriatric patients, as evidenced by improved patient care outcomes.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2010
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
The 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGetting Smart About Getting Old: Positive Outcomes Associated with an Innovative Gerontological Nursing Initiativeen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMoran, Judithen_US
dc.author.detailsJudith Moran, RN, DNSC, NE-BC, Assistant Vice President for Nursing-Critical Care Services and Coordinator-Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, Huntington Hospital, Huntington, New York, USA, email: jmoran@hunthosp.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182006-
dc.description.abstractPoster presentation, ANCC National Magnet Conference: Purpose: To indentify positive outcomes associated with an innovative gerontological nursing education initiative, called: "Getting Smart About Getting Old". Background: People over the age of 65 are the fastest growing sector of the United States population. The unique and complex healthcare needs of increased numbers of elderly will challenge the American healthcare system. Therefore, the specialty of gerontological nursing will become even more important in the future. Innovative Practice: In 2008, distressed by evidence that RNs did not feel that they knew enough about age-appropriate care for the elderly, a CNO challenged her nursing staff to augment their knowledge, skills and attitudes related to caring for the elderly, and attain ANCC certification as a Gerontological Nurse. To help accomplish this goal, Staff Development Educators developed an innovative, evidence-based, gerontological education course, called: "Getting Smart About Getting Old". Outcomes: Thus far, 45 RNs have attained ANCC Gerontological Nurse Certification. The goal is for 100 RNs to become certified by the end of 2010. Nurses are using gerontology principles to change nursing practice and create an elderly-friendly hospital. For example, staff members read the food choices on the dietary menues to elderly patients and their family members and assist them to make nutritionally wise, appetizing food selections. Quality outcomes include: increased satisfaction among geriatric patients and their family members, fewer skin integrity problems and reduced patient falls. Implications: Innovative, gerontological nursing initiatives improve nurses' ability to provide safe, effective, evidence-based nursing care to geriatric patients, as evidenced by improved patient care outcomes.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:05:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:05:39Z-
dc.conference.date2010en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionThe 14th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 13-15 October, 2010 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.en_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.-
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