Essential competencies and learning strategies for the education of nurses regarding care for older adults

J. G. Hoogerduijn, B. Oeseburg

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    Background: Due to the demographic
    changes, the Dutch health care system faces
    huge challenges with regard to the demand on
    care for older persons and the competencies of
    nurses / aides required to meet this demand. A
    recent study in the Netherlands showed that
    the nursing (aides) curricula are not adequate
    to prepare nursing (aides) students for the
    aging population. On top of this the focus of
    care for older persons is changing; from treatment
    of illnesses towards preservation of independency,
    self-management and participation
    in society. Older persons should have a more
    active role in the caring process and in decisions
    concerning their health and illnesses.
    The attitude of older persons is also changing;
    older people want to have a more active and
    assertive role in health care. This paradigm
    shift implies changes for the health care professionals
    and for the way we educate nurses /
    nursing aides.
    Objective: To determine the essential competencies
    and recommendations for educational
    strategies for the education of nurses and nursing
    aids regarding care for the older population
    in different settings in health care.
    Materials and Methods: A draft version of
    competencies was developed based on literature,
    reviewed by experts of the nursing / nursing
    aides schools and older persons. The
    second version was discussed in a meeting
    with geriatric teaching experts and representatives
    of the Dutch Nursing Association and
    the Dutch Association for Residential and
    Homecare Organizations. The final version
    was approved by a steering committee with
    representatives of health care institutes and
    older persons.
    Results: A set of essential competencies for
    the initial education of nurses/ nursing aides
    was determined according to the seven roles
    of the CanMEDS. Learning outcomes and
    learning content were described for every role.
    Also seven recommendations for educational
    strategies were described.
    Conclusion: The set of determined competencies
    and the description of the learning outcomes
    and learning content are better in line
    with the changing values in care for the older
    population. The described content is changing
    towards themes like maintenance of functional
    independency, self-management, support
    autonomy and informal care, anti-ageism,
    healthy aging, multi-disciplinary collaboration
    and risk assessment. The challenge is to implement
    these competencies into the educational
    programs of the Dutch nursing schools.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-8
    Number of pages1
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Publication statusPublished - Sep-2016

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