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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/253894
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Using a Health Fair to Tackle Ageism in Nursing Education
Author(s):
Tompkins-Dobbs, Karen; Schiefelbein, Janis J.; Fischer, Deborah A.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Gamma Upsilon
Author Details:
Karen Tompkins-Dobbs, MSN, ketompki@pittstate.edu; Janis J. Schiefelbein, RNC, PhD; Deborah A. Fischer, MSN
Abstract:

Poster presented on Thursday, September 20, 2012, Friday, September 21, 2012

Background:    Older adults are the fastest growing population and use the largest percentage of health care.  Western culture is known to have widespread ageism. Surveys reveal many nurses have negative attitudes toward caring for the older population which leads to a decrease in healthcare quality (Langer, 2012).  Much can be done to improve on lifestyle practices to reduce the risk of chronic disease and disability for healthy older individuals to preserve and improve their health for future years.

 Significance:    Most nurses will take care of older adults in their career.  Contact with well elderly generally produces a more positive regard in young persons toward older adults (Ebersole, et. al., 2008). Advancing nursing education to include contact with elderly along a continuum of health is one step in decreasing ageism in nursing students. The AACN suggest clinical teaching strategies that include elders in the long term care, acute care, and in the community, they suggest using a health fair in meeting Essential II (Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety) (AACN, 2010).

 Method:    The Department of Nursing at Pittsburg State University incorporates a stand-alone gerontology course in their nursing curriculum.  The course faculty tackle ageism by assisting nursing students to develop a health fair for a local older adult club called Personal Action to Health (PATH).  At the health fair held in the nursing department building, nursing students give short oral presentations, develop and display posters, and answer participants questions.  Examples of presentations include ways to exercise the mind, and the benefits of eating foods that contain antioxidants.  Students also offer blood pressures checks, give out door prizes and serve refreshments.  The health fair gives older adults and nursing students a chance to interact, learn from each other and develop positive relationships with each other.

Keywords:
ageism; older adults; health fair
Repository Posting Date:
29-Nov-2012
Date of Publication:
29-Nov-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
Leadership Forum 2012
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Leadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUsing a Health Fair to Tackle Ageism in Nursing Educationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTompkins-Dobbs, Karenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSchiefelbein, Janis J.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorFischer, Deborah A.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentGamma Upsilonen_GB
dc.author.detailsKaren Tompkins-Dobbs, MSN, ketompki@pittstate.edu; Janis J. Schiefelbein, RNC, PhD; Deborah A. Fischer, MSNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/253894-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on Thursday, September 20, 2012, Friday, September 21, 2012</p> <b>Background:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Older adults are the fastest growing population and use the largest percentage of health care. &nbsp;Western culture is known to have widespread ageism. Surveys reveal many nurses have negative attitudes toward caring for the older population which leads to a decrease in healthcare quality (Langer, 2012).&nbsp; Much can be done to improve on lifestyle practices to reduce the risk of chronic disease and disability for healthy older individuals to preserve and improve their health for future years. <p>&nbsp;<b>Significance:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Most nurses will take care of older adults in their career.&nbsp; Contact with well elderly generally produces a more positive regard in young persons toward older adults (Ebersole, et. al., 2008). Advancing nursing education to include contact with elderly along a continuum of health is one step in decreasing ageism in nursing students. The AACN suggest clinical teaching strategies that include elders in the long term care, acute care, and in the community, they suggest using a health fair in meeting Essential II (Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety) (AACN, 2010). <p>&nbsp;<b>Method:</b>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Department of Nursing at Pittsburg State University incorporates a stand-alone gerontology course in their nursing curriculum.&nbsp; The course faculty tackle ageism by assisting nursing students to develop a health fair for a local older adult club called Personal Action to Health (PATH).&nbsp; At the health fair held in the nursing department building, nursing students give short oral presentations, develop and display posters, and answer participants questions.&nbsp; Examples of presentations include ways to exercise the mind, and the benefits of eating foods that contain antioxidants. &nbsp;Students also offer blood pressures checks, give out door prizes and serve refreshments.&nbsp; The health fair gives older adults and nursing students a chance to interact, learn from each other and develop positive relationships with each other.en_GB
dc.subjectageismen_GB
dc.subjectolder adultsen_GB
dc.subjecthealth fairen_GB
dc.date.available2012-11-29T13:39:23Z-
dc.date.issued2012-11-29-
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-29T13:39:23Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.nameLeadership Forum 2012en_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionLeadership Forum 2012 Theme: Nursing Leadership: Impact at Every Level. Held at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolisen_GB
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