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Effect of a Geriatric Nurse Education Program on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Certification of Hospital Nurses
Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
  • Moreen Donahue
  • Meredith Wallace Kazer, Fairfield University
  • Lisa Smith
  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Abstract
Although nurses are the primary care providers for hospitalized and vulnerable older adults living in the community, they are generally not prepared in geriatric care. This study examined the effect of a 21-hour nursing education program on nurses’ knowledge and attitudes regarding care of older adults and the geriatric nursing certification of the participants. The program was offered to 92 nurses in three cohorts over a 1-year period. Participants completed pre- and posttest measures of geriatric knowledge and attitudes. Significant differences were found between pretest and posttest knowledge and attitudes. Program evaluation and success in achieving certification in gerontological nursing also indicated a positive effect of the program.
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Copyright 2011 Slack Publishing

Published Citation
Donahue, M.. Kazer, M.W. [Wallace], Smith, L. & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2011). Effect of a Geriatric Nurse Education Program on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Certification of Hospital Nurses. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 42(8), pp. 360-364.
DOI
10.3928/00220124-20110415-01
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Citation Information
Moreen Donahue, Meredith Wallace Kazer, Lisa Smith and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick. "Effect of a Geriatric Nurse Education Program on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Certification of Hospital Nurses" Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing Vol. 42 Iss. 8 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meredith_wallacekazer/20/