Caring for Older Adults by First Year Nursing Students: A Holistic Approach to a Therapeutic Client-Student Relationship

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/601991
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Caring for Older Adults by First Year Nursing Students: A Holistic Approach to a Therapeutic Client-Student Relationship
Other Titles:
Nursing Care Practices for Older Adults Throughout the World [Session]
Author(s):
Carbonu, Dora Maria; Coman, Alison
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Rho Delta
Author Details:
Dora Maria Carbonu, RN, afimawuko@hotmail.com; Alison Coman
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 25, 2015: Purpose: First Year Nursing Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Program at the Nunavut Arctic College are annually challenged to implement their first nursing practice theory and skills by utilizing a holistic approach to meeting the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of a group of older adults under their care. Method: The students are required to conduct health history and client assessment on an assigned elder and develop a care plan to be met and evaluated, along with their clinical performance and reflective journals. In the 2014 academic year, the students embarked on this journey with eight (8) elders, all of whom were mobile or used mobility devices, independent or semi-dependent, and presented with multiple co-morbid conditions. Some elders were receptive to the students, while others expressed reluctance in having students on the caregiver-team. The students considered measures to build therapeutic bridges of honesty and respect, and to overcome barriers to the client-student relationship. Results: Through brainstorming and reflective sessions, and in collaboration with instructor and caregiver-teams, the students learned to appreciate the exciting and interesting aspects of elder care, the value of learning each elder???s story, and the factors that motivated and empowered elders to promote and maintain their own holistic well-being. The students gained mutual respect, friendship and trust of the elders, who helped facilitate learning by embracing the knowledge and skills they brought with them. They assisted the elders to identify their own incentives for participation in health promotion and disease-prevention activities, maintain independence, and the desire to feel good and have fun. Furthermore, students assisted with meal times, escorted the elders for specialist appointments,??provided personal care and grooming, walked with them, took them for a ride, prayed with them, and even assisted with caring for the dying. The students ???discovered??? one female elder as the leading actress in one of the movies watched together, and who had actually been a leading actress in thirteen (13) other movies in her youth. The staff became more positive toward this elder, whose own mood and morale improved immensely and she became more cheerful and sociable, less anxious and less fearful. Conclusion: Patience, humility, empathy, and respect served as therapeutic determinants to improve, promote, and enhance students??? own attitudes as they confronted the complexity of elder care, developed knowledge and decision-making skills, while supporting maximum function and quality of life for the elders and their families. Honesty, hope and trust were fostered and nurtured throughout the client-student relationship, with an outcome of student commitment to return as future visitors and/or volunteers to the Elders Center.
Keywords:
ELDER CARE; THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP; HOLISTIC CARE
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15G07
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleCaring for Older Adults by First Year Nursing Students: A Holistic Approach to a Therapeutic Client-Student Relationshipen
dc.title.alternativeNursing Care Practices for Older Adults Throughout the World [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorCarbonu, Dora Mariaen
dc.contributor.authorComan, Alisonen
dc.contributor.departmentRho Deltaen
dc.author.detailsDora Maria Carbonu, RN, afimawuko@hotmail.com; Alison Comanen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/601991-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 25, 2015: Purpose: First Year Nursing Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Program at the Nunavut Arctic College are annually challenged to implement their first nursing practice theory and skills by utilizing a holistic approach to meeting the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of a group of older adults under their care. Method: The students are required to conduct health history and client assessment on an assigned elder and develop a care plan to be met and evaluated, along with their clinical performance and reflective journals. In the 2014 academic year, the students embarked on this journey with eight (8) elders, all of whom were mobile or used mobility devices, independent or semi-dependent, and presented with multiple co-morbid conditions. Some elders were receptive to the students, while others expressed reluctance in having students on the caregiver-team. The students considered measures to build therapeutic bridges of honesty and respect, and to overcome barriers to the client-student relationship. Results: Through brainstorming and reflective sessions, and in collaboration with instructor and caregiver-teams, the students learned to appreciate the exciting and interesting aspects of elder care, the value of learning each elder???s story, and the factors that motivated and empowered elders to promote and maintain their own holistic well-being. The students gained mutual respect, friendship and trust of the elders, who helped facilitate learning by embracing the knowledge and skills they brought with them. They assisted the elders to identify their own incentives for participation in health promotion and disease-prevention activities, maintain independence, and the desire to feel good and have fun. Furthermore, students assisted with meal times, escorted the elders for specialist appointments,??provided personal care and grooming, walked with them, took them for a ride, prayed with them, and even assisted with caring for the dying. The students ???discovered??? one female elder as the leading actress in one of the movies watched together, and who had actually been a leading actress in thirteen (13) other movies in her youth. The staff became more positive toward this elder, whose own mood and morale improved immensely and she became more cheerful and sociable, less anxious and less fearful. Conclusion: Patience, humility, empathy, and respect served as therapeutic determinants to improve, promote, and enhance students??? own attitudes as they confronted the complexity of elder care, developed knowledge and decision-making skills, while supporting maximum function and quality of life for the elders and their families. Honesty, hope and trust were fostered and nurtured throughout the client-student relationship, with an outcome of student commitment to return as future visitors and/or volunteers to the Elders Center.en
dc.subjectELDER CAREen
dc.subjectTHERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPen
dc.subjectHOLISTIC CAREen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T13:00:58Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T13:00:58Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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