Preparing undergraduates for practice placements in gerontological nursing

Welford, Claire (2007) Preparing undergraduates for practice placements in gerontological nursing. Nursing older people, 19 (9). 31-4; quiz 35. ISSN 1472-0795


An innovative approach was employed to help undergraduate student nurses prepare for a practice placement working with older people. The method involved the use of life histories as a means of gaining insight into the unique experiences of indivduals and how those experiences help shape the person. This narrative approach is valuable in assessing need and in ensuring that the care provided is of a high standard. Research suggests that it can also help boost the quality of life of older people and the self-esteem of the staff involved. To contextualise this subject, a brief overview of the relevant demographics of this client group is offered to help set the scene of the care environments in which the students were to be be placed.

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